Two Galway students have made it through to the finals of the ‘Fine Dine at Mine’ All-Island Schools Cookery Competition 2014.
Emma Molloy from Presentation College, Headford, and Evan O’Ceallaigh from St Mary’s College have been named as finalists by organisers The Restaurants Association of Ireland and St Angela’s College, Sligo.
Each finalist in the competition has now been paired up with a local chef. The chef will mentor the students on their dish, flavours and presentation in advance of the final cook-off on May 6 and 7 in St Angela’s College, Sligo. Emma Molloy will be paired up with O’Grady’s On The Pier in Barna while Evan O’Ceallaigh will be paired up with Aniar in Galway city.
The competition provides secondary school students with an opportunity to work with professionals and learn the tricks of the trade. The local chefs mentoring the students also provide them with an opportunity to cook and eat the best quality food produced in their local areas.
The competition gives students an opportunity to create tasty, healthy and affordable restaurant meals at home. Students were asked to submit their favourite restaurant meal (main course dish only ) for two people. More than 1,400 applications were received from all over the country and are now narrowed down to the last 32 (16 junior cycle and 16 senior cycle ).
For more information on the Fine Dine at Mine Cookery Competition, please visit www.rai.ie/finedineatmine