Winner of Navan Rotary Young Chef Competition 2013

Navan student, Cliona McCarthy, has won the Rotary Club of Navan Young Chief Competition for 2013.

Cliona, who is a fifth year student of St. Joseph’s Convent of Mercy Secondary School in Navan, won the first prize in the club competition run by the Navan Rotary Club and qualified for the National final which will be held in Cork was presented with the Hydro International Cup and a cheque. This was the first year that the Navan Rotary Club participated in this RIBI competition, which has been running now for a number of years.

The contestants had to prepare a three-course meal for two people, under €18, in two hours. They had to supply a menu, their own ingredients and equipment and a table setting. Cliona is currently studying Home Economics as a Leaving Certificate subject.

Rotary offers many opportunities for youngsters to develop skills and display their talents and Navan Rotary Club considers it very important to encourage and develop creativity in young people and that includes creativity in the kitchen. Cliona is being mentored by chef Sandra Earl, from Earl’s Kitchen in Navan for the next stage of the competition.

Cliona’s winning three-course menu consisted:

Starter: Fig, Parma ham and mozzarella salad served with a lemon, basil and olive oil dressing.

Main: Lemon and Honey chicken served with minted peas and creamed potatoes.

Dessert: Layered Raspberry shortcake served with raspberry coulis.

The winning meal was picked by a panel of experienced judges and they commented that the flavours packed into every dish were amazing.The Runners up in this years competition were Eva Mahon and Laura McElroy. Well done to everyone, it was a very close competition.

Pictured above are Marie Finn, Hydro International, Sponsors, Cliona McCarthy, winner and Sean Lynch, President Navan Rotary.

Story by: S. Rowe


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