Cook­ing their way to sweet suc­cess

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

THERE was Kerry culi­nary suc­cess on home ground lask week, as Natalia Leane cooked her way to the ti­tle of Supreme Ap­pren­tice Chef – but the 17-year-old Kil­lar­ney Com­mu­nity Col­lege stu­dent wasn’t alone in rais­ing the green and gold flag at an event that took place at the IT Tralee’s fa­cil­i­ties.

Thanks to her pan-seared Skeaghanore duck, ac­com­pa­nied by a de­light­fully sweet orange glaze, Natalia, on the eve of her birth­day, bested com­pe­ti­tion from all over Mun­ster and Le­in­ster.

In do­ing so, she se­cured the Ap­pren­tice Chef Pro­gramme top prize packet in­clud­ing a tro­phy, €1000 in equip­ment for her school, pro­fes­sional McDon­nell’s knives, a year’s sub­scrip­tion to Easy­food Mag­a­zine, and a food-styling ses­sion with the mag­a­zine’s ex­perts.

Is­abelle Lynch of Mercy Moun­thawk, Tralee, also flour­ished un­der the theme of good mood food, as her dark choco­late mousse with rasp­berry sor­bet, hon­ey­comb shards, short­bread crumb, and prof­iteroles were deemed de­li­cious enough to se­cure sec­ond place. The com­pe­ti­tion has al­ways had a strong Kerry flavour; now in its sixth year, it was es­tab­lished by IT Tralee Culi­nary Arts lec­turer Mark Mur­phy, and Mark Doe of Just Cook­ing Cook­ery School. The pro­gramme was re­cently awarded the All Ire­land Lo­cal Food Hero ti­tle at the Ir­ish Restau­rant Awards

Louise Bros­nan and Bart O’Sul­li­van, based in Din­gle and Water­ville re­spec­tively, were among this year’s men­tors, and last year Padraic Ran­dles of Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Ken­mare, won the com­pe­ti­tion. Stu­dents from four Kerry schools com­peted last week.

“Since the pro­gramme’s in­cep­tion in 2012, we have de­liv­ered a se­ries of demon­stra­tions and work­shops to over 4,000 stu­dents,” Mr Doe said. “Year on year our ge­o­graphic reach has in­creased and, to date, schools in Mun­ster and Le­in­ster have taken part. We will con­tinue to build on the pro­gramme’s suc­cess to take it to na­tional level so that stu­dents from all cor­ners of Ire­land can ex­pe­ri­ence the pos­i­tive side of work­ing in food and hos­pi­tal­ity.”

Is­abelle Lynch (Mercy Moun­thawk) with her award-win­ning dark choco­late mousse with rasp­berry sor­bet, hon­ey­comb shards, short­bread crumb and filled prof­iteroles.

Kil­lar­ney Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s Natalia Leane shows off her award win­ning dish of pan seared Skeaghanore duck with a sweet orange glaze

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