Article appeared in issue 1, 2020

Finalists for Dairy Chef contest announced

The 10 finalists for this year’s Dairy Chef contest have been selected and will gather in Galway on April 1, for the final of the Franco-Irish competition. Now in its third year, the competition, organised by the French Embassy in Ireland, invites culinary students in top colleges in France and Ireland to create a three-course menu celebrating Irish and French dairy produce. Each dish created must include dairy as the main ingredient or focus of the recipe. The competition will be assessed this year, again by renowned chefs, highlighting the thriving food culture of Galway and Mayo, including Paula Stakelum, executive head pastry chef at Ashford Castle and JP McMahon, owner of restaurants and cafés in Galway city, including Michelin-starred Aniar and Cava Bodega.

They are joined on the French side by Sonia Ezgulian, chef, author and journalist in Lyon, the Embassy of France in Ireland, the National Dairy Council (NDC), the Centre interprofessional de l’économie laitière (Cniel), the Embassy of Ireland in France, the Higher Education Authority and Campus France.

French and Irish culinary students have submitted three-course menus celebrating the best of Irish and French dairy produce inspired by the theme Meitheal – which is the Irish word for team. The five teams have two months to prepare the menu they will cook on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in the kitchens of the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Galway. The cook-off will officially open the 5th FICAHT Forum, taking place until April 4 in Galway. The winners will get the opportunity to do an internship in one of the restaurants represented in the jury: Ashford Castle, Aniar and/or the kitchen of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.