ALL-IRELAND ‘HOME COOK 2015’ FINAL FOR ‘BLAYNEY SHOW!

17 April 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY PATSY McARDLE

A HUGE all-Ireland boost for Castleblayney’s annual agricultural show this year was announced during the week with the disclosure that the final of the Irish Shows Association and the Craft Butchers of Ireland “Home Cook Championship 2015” will be staged during the Co. Monaghan event on the August Bank Holiday, Monday 3rd August next.

This is a new national competition, which carries a very attractive prize of one week’s cooking course at the world renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School, and also includes accommodation.

The Castleblayney-based President of the Irish Shows’ Association Mr. Jim Harrison said during the week the objective behind the competition is to encourage all who love to cook from inside and outside agriculture, to showcase their talents.

He said: “This competition will attract people from all over Ireland to participate with hopes to reach the final at Castleblayney Show”.

He has urged everyone who may be passionate about Irish produce, and locally sourced food, and fancy themselves as a bit of a natural home cook in the kitchen, to consider participating in the prestigious competition.

Competitors are required to be over 18 years of age, and a citizen of the 32 counties of Ireland.

It is also a stipulation that as a “home cook” they cannot have acquired any third level or other professional catering qualifications in the past 10 years, nor have worked full-time as a chef in a restaurant.

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