The temperature has been high in the kitchen as Ireland’s young professional chefs contest for a place in the Euro-toques Young Chef competition final, with a chef from Knockranny House Hotel, Westport being one of the six finalists.
Celebrating this achievement is Kamil Dubanik (23 ). Mr Dubanik, originally from Poland, started working in Knockranny House Hotel in Westport in 2007, progressing to his current position of demi-chef de partie. He recently completed an advanced certificate in professional cookery at GMIT and will graduate soon. Mr Dubanik is mentored by Knockranny House Hotel Euro-toques head chef Seamus Commons (mentor of last year’s Euro-toques Young Chef winner ).
The six finalists now have the next three weeks to devise and practise their dishes before the winner is announced.
The top prize for the 2011 Young Chef of the Year will be the opportunity of an all-expenses paid stage at The Ivy Restaurant, one of London’s most famous restaurants, under executive chef Gary Lee, plus a one-week stage at the award winning Michelin star Chapter One restaurant in Dublin under the tutelage of Euro-toques head chef Ross Lewis.
Among the overall prizes, each of the finalists will win a unique food experience with BIM and Fáilte Ireland.