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Natalia wins chef contest

Flogas was a sponsor of the Supreme Apprentice Chef alongside Failte Ireland. The final took place  at IT Tralee 


and secondary school students across Munster and Leinster took part. It was a dish of pan seared Skeaghanore duck with a sweet orange glaze that earned Natalia Leane from Killarney Community College, Co Kerry the Supreme Apprentice Chef title for 2018.
Pictured were  winner Natalia Leane with Jack Granville (3rd) and Isabelle Lynch (2nd)  at the Final on Thursday 10 May at IT Tralee
 Kerry also took second place thanks to a dark chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet, honeycomb shards, shortbread crumb and filled profiteroles by Isabelle Lynch, Mercy Mountawk, Tralee.  Jack Granville from McEgan College, Macroom, Co Cork came third with a roast rack of Shandangan lamb, red wine jus, tian of courgettes, lamb shoulder croquettes with hasselback potatoes.
 Michael Murphy, sales representative for Flogas Ireland, presented the trophy and prizes. He said, “Flogas has supported the Apprentice Chef programme since 2015 and we’re always blown away by the standard of young culinary talent on show each year. We’d like to congratulate all the participants on their creativity and dedication, and we wish them the very best in their future careers.”
 This is the sixth year of the Apprentice Chef Programme, which recently featured on RTE’s Nationwide and is supported by Flogas and Failte Ireland. It was established by Mark Doe of Just Cooking Cookery School and Mark Murphy, lecturer in Culinary Arts at IT Tralee.  The duo received the 2018 Munster Local Food Hero accolade at the Irish Restaurant Awards.  
 Oliver Sullivan, Hospitality Manager at Fáilte Ireland added that the competition was a fantastic opportunity for young people who want a culinary career to showcase their talent and potential.“Fáilte Ireland is delighted to be involved again this year in the ‘Apprentice Chef’ programme. Throughout this year’s competition, we have seen our ‘apprentice chefs’ produce cuisine of the highest quality and taste. The competition is an excellent way for younger chefs to set a standard and define their own style and I’ve no doubt that today’s winner and indeed all those who entered will find a rich and rewarding career in Ireland’s hospitality industry.”
 As the winner, transition year student Natalia Leane received a prize package that included a set of professional knives from McDonnells, €1000 equipment for her school, a year’s subscription to Easyfood Magazine and a professional food styling session at Easyfood Magazine HQ this summer.  In addition, the specially commissioned perpetual trophy was presented to the Supreme Apprentice Chef.

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