Ireland's Top Chef: Nedine Blount Named Aramark Chef Of The Year
Croke Park Chef Nedine Blount has been named Aramark’s Chef of the Year Ireland at the exciting annual competition, which took place at Food and Bev Live in the City West Convention Centre on Tuesday.
Nedine wowed the judging panel, which included President of the Panel of Chefs of Ireland Patrick Brady, with her main dish of ‘Thornhill duck breast, served with Pommes Anna, celeriac purée and elderberry jus’, followed by a ‘warm chocolate fondant, served with blood orange sorbet, chocolate tuiles and charred blood orange segments’.
The highly competitive competition saw second place awarded to Pranas Jablonskis, Head Chef from Oracle in Dublin. While third place went to David Marshall, Chef De Partie with Allianz Partners also in Dublin.
Nedine will now go forward to represent Ireland in Aramark’s European Chef’s Cup, which will take place in Prague in April. There, Nedine will face tough competition from fellow country winners from across Aramark’s European network as they are each tasked with creating a winning three-course menu from a list of specified ingredients.
Shane Flynn, Managing Director, Food Services and Facilities Management, Ireland said, “Our mission is to deliver experiences that enrich and nourish lives and competitions like these give our talented chefs an opportunity to demonstrate their passion for food. We are delighted with the extremely high standard of all the dishes presented today. Nedine is the most deserved winner. “
Derek Reilly, Culinary Director, Aramark agreed “Nedine’s menu was sublime. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with at the Aramark European Chef’s Cup in April and we all wish her the very best of luck. I also want to congratulate all of the chefs who competed today for excelling in the kitchen and thank them for their devotion and dedication to continuously innovating our customers’ dining experience.”
A chef with nearly ten years’ experience, Nedine currently works as Chef De Partie in Croke Park, Dublin. Speaking at the final Nadine said, “To make this final stage with the other finalists was an honour in itself and right now it’s still sinking in that I have just been awarded the title of Chef of the Year.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the competition and would definitely say that 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 2020 is now set to be a memorable year as I look forward to representing Ireland in Prague.” continued Nedine.