Friday, March 19, 2010

Blackwater Community School Among the Top Three at the Festival of Food Cookery Competition

On Friday 19th March Colaiste Cathal Naofa, Dungarvan was the venue for the hotly contested final of the 2010 Waterford Festival of Food Secondary Schools Cookery Competition.

Judges Eunice Power, Powersfield House, Louise Clarke of Nude Food and Tony Barry of the Culinary School of Waterford Institute of Technology were left astounded by the level of skill displayed by the young chefs. Assessing the students’ creativity in menu choice and presentation alongside their technical abilities the judges felt that the standard was exceptional with very high marks awarded in every category.

Tony Barry believes that some of the youngsters may have a career ahead of them in the kitchen, reminding them that a previous winner of the competition went on to win gold for WIT in the European Culinary Arts Competition.

The home venue, Colaiste Cathal Noafa was represented by Clodagh Behan and Amy Keohan. A past pupil of the school, Louise Veale, now of Lawlors Hotel passed on some of her professional expertise to the pupils with a short cookery demonstration.

Aoife Brockie and Kate Maher took the helm for last year’s winner Meánscoil San Nicolas while Laura Tobin and Lucy Whelan took part on behalf of Ard Scoil na nDeise. The St. Augustine’s College competitors were Leann Herlihy and Ellen Ferncombe. Jessica O’Donnell flew solo for Blackwater Community School, Lismore while Finnbar Duff White and Kieran Conway of CBS bravely represented the boys.

While the order of prizewinners will not be announced until the Festival of Food proper, 17th-19th April, the top three teams were revealed as Ard Scoil na nDeise, CBS and Blackwater Community School. While Laura, Lucy, Jessica, Finnbar and Kieran will have to bear the suspense a little longer they can relax in the knowledge that a great prize awaits them all. The prizewinners will each gain an amazing opportunity to work up close and personally with some of the Festival’s finest chefs: Paul Flynn in The Tannery Restaurant & Cookery School, Eunice Power in the catering element of Powersfield House or with Louise Clarke in her bustling café, Nude Food.

Louise Clarke, Chairperson of Waterford Festival of Food, presented certificates to all the students who participated and thanked them and their teachers for all the time and effort they dedicated to the competition. The organizers would also like to thank Colaiste Cathal Naofa for once again generously allowing the use of their facilities.

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