• Cyril McAree

Contest Heats Up for Best Chef in National Competition


Eight of Aramark Ireland’s finest chefs will compete for the honour of being crowned Aramark’s Chef of the Year in Ireland.

Sean Hunter, Lucian Chelariu, Pranas Jablonskis, Philip Morrissey, David Joyce, Cian Irvine, Craig Taylor and Michael Hannafin have all been shortlisted to compete at the National Chef’s Cup on the 6th February 2018 in CityWest, Dublin. The winning chef will then go on to represent Ireland at the European Chef’s Cup which will be held in April. Chefs from across Europe will compete for top honours in Barcelona.

Aramark is one of Ireland’s premier food companies – if you’ve ever visited Dundrum Shopping Centre, Croke Park or the Guinness Storehouse you have been served food prepared by Aramark chefs. The company’s mission is dedicated to nourishing and enhancing people’s lives and this is reflected in its innovative food concepts, locally sourced nutritious ingredients, impressive quality service and dining experiences made to remember.

The National Chef’s Cup is a serious culinary battle. The outstanding finalists all display a wealth of experience, dedication to exceeding standards, and a real passion for food. Each will have just 90 minutes to prepare, cook and present two main course dishes using sustainable fresh fish as a key ingredient and two deserts with chocolate as a key ingredient.

The judging panel will include Irish Michelin-star-winning head chef and co-owner of the restaurant Chapter One, Ross Lewis; Brendan O’Neill, Executive Director Panel of Chefs Ireland and Aramark’s UK Culinary Director, Paul Bloxham. The judging panel will be chaired by Derek Reilly Aramark Ireland’s Culinary Director.

Speaking ahead of the final Shane Flynn, Managing Director of Food Services Ireland said “The exceptionally high standard of entries this year will make the competition incredibly challenging. Each year the standard of food these talented chefs produce simply gets better and better. I congratulate each of them for getting this far in what is a very tough competition.”

“Competitions like this play a vital role in culinary arts as they continually raise the standards of culinary excellence. There is no better way for a chef to hone their craft than by putting their skills and knowledge to the test in a competitive format” continued Shane.

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