Two local students illustrated their talents in the kitchen when they landed top prize in the local Junior Chef Challenge competition.
Aoife Malone and Katie Laverty-Bent from St Vincents came out on top against fierce competition in the annual event promoted by the local Tony Kierans Butchers.
The hospitality wing of the local DkIT was the destination for the young aspiring chefs of the future and celebrity Chef Jenny Bristow was the main judge.
Seamus Spaight of Tony Kierans Butchers invited all the surrounding schools to select two pupils who they thought had what it takes to produce a two course meal in 90 minutes to be judged by Jenny and Seamus.
The brief was simple – a healthy family meal for a family using fresh produce locally sourced with a budget of €20.
Jenny Bristow said, “Junior Chef Challenge is an inspirational competition, the vision of Seamus Spaight, to acknowledge and support the high standard of good food, local produce and culinary skills throughout the area of Dundalk.
“The standard was excellent throughout with each school adding their own special twist and interpretation of the brief.
“I enjoyed sampling all the various dishes and with the standard so high the ultimate winners were Aoife and Katie from St Vincents School who cooked up a most innovative dish of Crispy Beef with Broccoli Starter with a Thai Chicken Curry Main Course which were cooked and presented to perfection.”
Seamus was also full of praise said “The imagination of the pupils was brilliant and left it very difficult to believe that the average age of all the contestants, was only 15.”
For their endeavour Aoife and Katie won €1,000 for their school, which was presented to St Vincent’s principal Deidre Matthews by Seamus Spaight and they picked up the winning trophies.