DIT Culinary Arts student selected as finalist of
Knorr Blue Dragon Competition
11th June 2012: Ciarán Elliott, a culinary arts student at Dublin Institute of Technology, recently competed in the cook off final of the Knorr Blue Dragon competition. DIT Student Ciaran was the only student chef in Ireland to make it through to the final of the competition. Ciarán was selected alongside four of Ireland’s most talented chefs from restaurants, across the country to go head-to-head for a final ‘cook off’ challenge.
The Knorr Blue Dragon competition is designed to give top chefs in Ireland the opportunity to showcase their talent, love of food, creativity and innovation – not to mention their innate culinary creativity – in front of some of Ireland’s leading food professionals. Not succumbing to the pressure of the cook off, the five finalists prepared an exceptionally high standard of dishes. Ciarán cooked up a delicious menu of Thai Red Curry with Duck, Lychees and Asian Pear Salad.
Speaking about the high standard of the competition, judge Mark McCarthy, Business Development Chef, Unilever Food Solutions, said: “The Knorr Blue Dragon competition has showcased the incredible talent of Ireland’s chefs. The standard of food in Ireland has been improving year-on-year and, judging by the calibre of chefs here today, the future remains bright. Not only did all five finalists show great creativity, confidence and ability in their cooking, but they also demonstrated a keen appreciation and knowledge of oriental food. All were deserving finalists, especially Ciarán, who showed great potential and talent in his innovative menu.”
DIT would like to congratulate Ciarán on his achievement.