Elise Bruen a student of Carrick-on-Shannon Community School has been named Connacht Gold Junior Chef 2013 in the junior cycle category, winning a trophy and €50 Connacht Gold voucher.
Beating off competition from secondary school students across the North-West region, Elise was one of 16 finalists putting their culinary skills to the test at the Connacht Gold Junior Chef Challenge Final which was held at St. Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Co. Sligo on May 3.
Elise was awarded the title for her delectable three course meal that wowed judges with a spicy prawn and noodle salad starter, followed by a mouth-watering rack of Leitrim lamb with a red wine jus served on a bed of roast vegetables and roast smoked garlic mash, finishing with a delicious white chocolate Mousse with crushed mini eggs.
Seamus Hannon, Connacht Gold national sales manager said, “Elise was a very deserving winner. Her meal was exceptional in terms of both taste and presentation.
“We were blown away with the standard of talent across the board this year. It was inspiring to see so many young people passionate about cooking, and even more importantly working with locally sourcing produce.”
Running as part of the Só Sligo Food and Culture Festival, the Connacht Gold Junior Chef Challenge is an annual competition that tasks secondary school students across the region with creating a delicious menu based on locally sourced produce.