Three young Irish chefs have qualified for the semi-finals of the San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year, beating thousands of chefs from over 90 countries.
Killian Crowley from Michelin-starred Aniar, Michael Tweedie from Adare Manor, and Romuald Bukaty from The Clayton, Dublin Airport have all qualified for the semi-finals of the prestigious semi-final of the competition.
Killian Crowley is Chef de Partie at Galway’s Aniar Restaurant will hope with his Turbot, kohlrabi, sea purslane dish will win out at the finals in London this month. Limerick Chef Michael Tweedie, head chef at The Oakroom Restaurant at Adare Manor, will present his Duncannon Lobster- a ravioli of scallop, lobster and basil, lightly spiced lobster bisque while Chef de Partie at The Clayton, Dublin Airport Romuald Bukaty will present his ‘Hey John Dory’ dish for the competition.
The three young chefs have been progressed to the semi-finals out of thousands of applications submitted from over 90 different countries. The semi-final will take place in Aveqia, London on Monday 20th of November, with the finals taking place in June 2018. Michelin-starred chef Mickael Viljanen from The Greenhouse, Dublin, will judge the semi-final along with chefs Angela Hartnett, Alyn Williams and Phil Howard.
Each finalist will be assigned a “Mentor Chef” (a member of their regional jury), who will provide them guidance on how to improve their signature dishes and support them in their preparation for the international finals.
Irish chefs have a successful track record in the competition with Irishman Mark Moriarty the inaugural winner in 2015. Moriarty went on to become an international ambassador for Irish food.