Sophia O’Leary (16) from Midleton College, Cork (pictured) was one of two students to be awarded the title of Supreme Apprentice Chef at the 2019 Apprentice Chef Schools Programme sponsored by Flogas and Failte Ireland. Sophia’s entry was the first vegetarian dish to ever capture the coveted Supreme Apprentice Chef Award as her Thai vegetable cakes, stirfried pak choi and pickled cucumber proved a winner with the judges. The educational initiative for secondary students now in its seventh successful year and it was established by Mark Doe of justcooking.ie and Mark Murphy, senior lecturer in Culinary Arts at IT Tralee. This year, due to the level of interest from schools throughout Munster, it was divided into two finals, with Sophia O’Leary triumphing in the south-east final at Waterford IT on 16 May and Ellie Sugrue (17) from Mercy Mounthhawk College in Tralee winning the south-west final on 9th May at IT Tralee .
The theme of the Apprentice Chef project is ‘Good Mood Food’, to promote the importance of healthy eating in overall personal physical and mental wellbeing, as well as combating obesity and other health issues. Each finalist’s dish had to include ‘good mood foods’ based on seasonality, availability, locally produced and fresh unprocessed ingredients.
Read more inside the latest issue of Midleton & District News.