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DIT graduate is 2016 Eurotoques Young Chef winner

Posted: 29 November, 2016

Maeve Walsh, a 23-year-old Dungarvan woman has been awarded the 2016 Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year title.

Maeve is a recent graduate of the B.Sc. Culinary Entrepreneurship in Cathal Brugha Street and is currently chef de partie at Restaurant Forty One on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. This is the second year in a row that a DIT Graduate has won this prestigious award.

The award followed a three-month process of interviews, on-the-spot culinary skills tests and chefs sweating it out before a panel of world-class judges. It was presented to Ms Walsh on Sunday night by guest judge and two-time Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw at a gala banquet event in the InterContinental Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin. One of six finalists, Ms Walsh impressed the judges with a dish of Kerry hill lamb and will now work at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac, Cornwall. Mr Outlaw is chef patron at the restaurant, which is the only specialist fish restaurant in the UK to hold two Michelin stars.

The other five finalists included another DIT graduate Chris Fullam (23), of the Old Street restaurant in Malahide, Co Dublin, along with Glen Sutcliffe (23), of the Marker Hotel in Dublin; Killian Crowley (24), of Aniar in Galway City; Gary Doyle (25), of the Canteen restaurant in Celbridge, Co Kildare; and Marc McWilliams (25), of the Strawberry Tree-Brooklodge restaurant in Co Wicklow.

Maeve plans on heading to New York next year to work with the legendary Dan Barber in his Blue Hill restaurant.