Two DIT students through to final five in Ireland’s most distinguished culinary competition

20 November, 2012: Five finalists have been chosen in the 2012 Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year competition, and two of those selected are current DIT students.  Ciaran Elliott, a final year student on DIT’s B.A in Culinary Arts and Mark Moriarty, a third year student on the B.A. in Culinary Arts have made it through to the final stage of Ireland’s most distinguished culinary competition.

In association with Failte Ireland, the competition aims to search across the country for Ireland’s Young Food Heroes that can contribute to developing Irish cooking and promoting it at home and abroad.  Candidates are then whittled down over a number of stages in the competition. The first stage was an online application, after which participants had to submit a recipe that reflected their own take on Irish cooking. Those who advanced were then interviewed before the finalists were selected.

The finalists for the 2012 Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year from DIT are:


Ciaran Elliott - Ciaran is currently in the final year of a four-year B.A in Culinary Arts in DIT, Cathal Brugha Street while also working as a Chef de Partie in Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin 2


Mark Moriarty - Mark is currently in the third year of a B.A in Culinary Arts in DIT, Cathal Brugha Street while also working in The Greenhouse in Dublin City

Ciaran and Mark will now battle it out against each other and the other finalists for the title of 2012 Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year.   The final will take place on November 25th and the winner will be revealed at an exclusive mystery event that evening.  Judges for the final will include Dublin born guest chef Trevor Moran, Sous Chef at Restaurant Noma, Copenhagen that holds two Michelin stars and was voted best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine for 3 years running (2010, 2011, 2012). The Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year will win an all -expenses paid stage in a top international restaurant, amongst other exciting opportunities.


Ciarán Elliot's dish


Mark Moriarty's dish

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