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Reidin O' Sullivan Form 4 took part in the final of the competition" Apprentice Chef" which is sponsored by Taste of Kerry and Just Cooking Cookery School on Friday 28th of March. This is a competition focused on developing the culinary skills of young people and utilizing good mood and locally produced food.
Reidin travelled to Tralee with her Home Economics Teacher Niamh Lawlor and Mr. Rory Graham to take part in the cook off initially on Friday 28th in I.T. Tralee Hotel and Catering department. She prepared, cooked and served a dish of Local Lamb Rump served with Turnip Puree, Banana Shallots, Parsnip Crisps with a sweet red wine and rosemary jus served with seasonal veg of sweet potato, carrots and green beans.
She was then selected to be one of the lucky final 15 out of 550 students that have taken part in this project to go forward to the final stage. A team of Chefs judged and aided the students through out the day and mentored then in preparation for the day, These were Chef Mark Doe, Chef Mark Murphy and Chef Simon Regan. Reidin prepared a comprehensive written project to present with the dish. All finalists were presented on the day with an engraved Ambri Chopping board and a certificate.
The Standard of Dishes on the day was extremely high and showcased the great culinary talent of young people today. The winning dish was prepared by Aoife Walsh of St. Mary's Secondary School Mallow. Reidin did extremely well to get to the finals.