DIT student is Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year

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05 December 2013: A DIT culinary arts student has been named Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year.

Mark Moriarty, a fourth year student on the BA Culinary Arts programme, also works as a Chef de Partie in The Greenhouse restaurant on Dawson Street.

His win marks the second year in a row that a DIT culinary arts student has won the prestigious award.

Ciaran Elliot was last year’s winner and Mark was a runner up in the final.

This year, Mark was one of five finalists who battled it out over three months to win the esteemed title. He was presented with his award at an exclusive event titled “Carnival of Memories” at the Garage Café in Google’s EMEA headquarters.

Elena Arzak, World’s Best Female Chef 2012 and joint head chef at three Michelin starred restaurant Arzak, was on hand to award Mark the distinguished title. The award includes a stage at ALMA, the International School of Italian Cuisine in Colorno Italy.

Speaking at the final Mark Moriarty said, “To make this final stage with the other four finalists was an honour in itself and right now it’s still sinking in that I have just been awarded the title of Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year 2013.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the competition and would definitely say that it is has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my career to date not to mention the most challenging!

“To get the chance to work and learn from Ireland’s top chefs has been invaluable and 2014 is now set to be a memorable year with my stage in ALMA under the guidance of the great Gualtiero Marchesi.”

Now in its 23rd year, the theme of this year’s competition was Food Memories. The competition, in association with Fáilte Ireland, looks to find a young food ambassador for Ireland who can contribute to developing an identity for Irish cooking and promote Ireland’s culinary reputation at home and abroad.

Wade Murphy, President of Euro-toques Ireland said, “The passion, talent and determination we have seen over the past few months has been astounding and these five finalists are set for great things in the coming years.

“All five finalists brought something different to the table but in the end Mark’s hard work and unique talent shone through and we were delighted to announce Mark as the overall winner of Euro-toques Young Chef of the year 2013.”

Mark’s win got a mention recently in The Irish Times magazine.

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