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Irish Culinary Students To Take Part In DairyChef 2019 At CFA Médéric - École Hôtelière De Paris


To celebrate this year’s Good France (Gout de France) the French Embassy in Ireland has come together with the French and Irish Dairy Councils and the CFA Médéric - École hôtelière de Paris to launch the second year of Dairy Chef 2019.

To celebrate this event, we invited culinary students in top colleges in France and Ireland to create a three-course menu celebrating Irish and/or French dairy produce. Each dish created must include dairy as a core ingredient. A shortlist of five French and five Irish culinary students has now been selected to attend the Cook Off which is being held this year at CFA Médéric in Paris on the 3rd of April 2019.

The Irish students shortlisted to take part in Paris are:

Chris Leech – TU Dublin Cathal Brugha Street

Danay Berhane – Cork Institute of Technology

Hope Cuddihy – Waterford Institute of Technology

Paula Wardziak – Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Gavin Pope – TU Dublin Tallaght Campus

The standard was incredibly high this year and made the judging process very challenging. There were some really innovative dishes and clever use of both Irish and French dairy produce together. Interesting also to see ingredients like buttermilk and whey being used in a number of the proposed dishes.

The judging panel for the competition entries included Mary May (Higher Education Authority), Marc Daumas (French Embassy in Dublin) and Cathy Curran of the National Dairy Council.

The French Ambassador to Ireland H.E. Stéphane Crouzat said “I am delighted to see Irish students going to Paris for the second edition of Dairy Chef. The promotion of student mobility is central to the activities of the France-Ireland network for Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism. This culinary competition will highlight the quality education students can gain through the FICAHT which will equip them with the technical and language skills for the job market of tomorrow”.

The prizes will include a week-long “stage” within a prestigious restaurant in Paris, as well as work experience in two of Dublin’s Michelin Star restaurants. The winning teams will also win a cultural gastronomic tour in Ireland and in France following their stage as part of the prize.

Zoe Kavanagh, CEO of the National Dairy Council said “We are really excited to be involved in this competition with our colleagues in France and to celebrate the taste and diversity of dairy produce. Both Ireland and France have an excellent reputation of high-quality dairy production. The best dishes are made from fresh ingredients and dairy is delicious, nutritious and versatile”

For further information on Dairy Chef details please visit https://ie.ambafrance.org/Dairy-Chef-2019-Ready-Study-Cook


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