The most talented and creative young chefs in the country will soon participate in the 20th annual KNORR Student Chef of the Year competition.  One of the biggest events of its kind in Ireland, it allows up-and-coming student chefs to demonstrate their talent, love of food, creativity and innovation in front of some of the nation’s leading food professionals.

NWRCCLIPPER1611169This year’s judging panel includes Unilever Food Solutions’ Business Development Chef, Mark McCarthy, and the UK’s Craft Guild National Chef of the Year, James Devine. Joining them will be Fergal O’Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of the Coeliac Society of Ireland and Ann O’ Connor, Chef Lecturer, Cork Institute of Technology.

Cork Institute of Technology is the scene for the exciting final cook-off on Tuesday, 14th March 2017, where students will create a starter using Irish seafood and a main course centering around Irish beef.

Speaking about this year’s competition, Unilever’s Mark McCarthy said: “KNORR Student Chef is a brilliant opportunity for talented young chefs to showcase their culinary skills and demonstrate their innate creativity in front of leading food professionals. The last two decades of this competition are testament to the talent we witness coming out of culinary colleges from across the country.

“While Irish palates have expanded since the founding of the competition, they are also becoming more particular and acute to dietary requirements, making this year’s challenge particularly pertinent. I’m excited about seeing the diversity and skills on show by our next generation of master chefs”, he added.


The winner not only will receive the much-coveted KNORR Student Chef of the Year title, but also he or she will receive a fantastic culinary experience in New York. The winner will dine in the chic surroundings of the multi-award winning and three starred Michelin restaurant, Eleven Madison Park. In addition to this, the lucky aspiring chef will have the opportunity to take a unique food tour in The Big Apple, the ultimate way to experience the best of food and culture from a local’s perspective.

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