Meet the 6 finalists for Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2016

Having marked their thirtieth anniversary earlier this year, the focus for Euro-Toques now is on the future of food in Ireland with the shortlist announced for this year’s Young Chef of the Year prize.

Gearoid Lynch (last spotted at Savour Kilkenny with his new book), Neven Maguire (no releation) and former World Young Chef of the Year Mark Moriarty have all previously been awarded the top honour from Euro-Torques for young chefs in Ireland.

Mark recently handed over the World title to Mitch Lienhard.

So who’s in the final?

2016's Euro-torques Young Chef of the Year finalists. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
2016’s Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year finalists. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
  1. Maeve Walsh, 23, Chef de Partie Restaurant FortyOne at Residence, Dublin; mentored by Head Chef Graham Neville
  2. Glen Sutcliffe, 23, Chef de Partie, The Marker Hotel, Dublin 2; mentored by Gareth Mullins
  3. Chris Fullam, 23, Sous Chef at Old Street, Malahide Dublin; mentored by Fergus Caffrey
  4. Killian Crowley, 24, Chef de Partie at Aniar, Galway City; mentored by JP McMahon
  5. Gary Doyle, 25, Chef de Partie, at The Canteen, Celbridge, Co Kildare; mentored by James Sheridan
  6. Marc McWilliams, 25, Chef de Partie at The Brooklodge and Strawberry Tree restaurant, Wicklow; mentored by Evan Doyle (interview with Evan here)

The six were chosen from submissions initially made across social media before recipe submissions and face-to-face interviews.

The competition, run in association with La Rousse Foods, seeks out talented young chefs aged between 18 and 26. The theme for this year is ‘Inspiration’ and while the skills are certainly put to the test, creativity, flair and a passion for good ingredients are key.

Chapter One plays host to the final on 27 November where the above six will have two hours with two separate skills tests, cooked in front of a panel of chefs including Nathan Outlaw (2 star Michelin chef, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall).

Best of luck to all involved this year!

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Ken McGuire

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