Congratulations to TU Dublin Culinary Arts student George Lowen who won the National Knorr® Professional Student Chef of the Year 2022, after a two-hour cook-off with nine other student chefs from across the island of Ireland. George is a student of Culinary Arts on the University's Tallaght Campus.
The theme for this year's competition was "Cook Local, Act Global", which was inspired by the unrivalled quality ingredients right on our doorsteps, and sustainable cooking. Students had to prepare a creative and distinctive menu of two dishes of their choosing that use locally sourced ingredients.
Starter: Upcycled Botanical Elegance
Homemade Labneh, Pickled Butternut Squash & Fennel, Gorse Syrup, Mint Oil, Zaatar Whey Cracker
Main Course: Textures of Spring
Seared Scallops, Tarragon Butter, Nori Leeks, Celeriac Puree, Pickled Apple gremolata, Roasted Hazelnuts.
This year's judging panel comprised guest judge and renowned chef and restaurateur JP McMahon, Audrey Crone, Executive Chef for Ireland, and Alex Hall, Executive Chef for UK and Ireland, both at Unilever Food Solutions.