Ailey wins Junior Chef Ireland Competition

Ailey Lyons, winner of the Junior Chef Ireland Final, organised by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and Limerick Central Rotary. Ailey is a student at Colaiste Ide Agus iosef in Abbeyfeale. Photo, Brian Arthur.

Limerick Central Rotary Club last Wednesday hosted the final of the annual Junior Chef Ireland Competition in conjunction with TUS Midwest, and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB),
Entries had come from all over Ireland, with five students being chosen to compete in the final, which took place in the kitchens of the TUS Moylish Campus.
Ailey Lyons from Coláiste Íde agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale was announced as the winner on the day.
Organiser Tom Flavin, Chef and Food Consultant and President of the Limerick Central Rotary Club, commented, “We are delighted to host this successful competition for the second year in a row and to put the talents of these young chefs in the spotlight. Through this competition we hope to highlight the many opportunities for students wishing to take up culinary arts as a profession, either by apprenticeships or in third level education”.
Bernadette Enright, Manager of LCETB’s Hospitality Campus, stated, “We must continue to support and encourage hospitality training at secondary school level. It’s incredible to see the talent that has been demonstrated in the competition”.
Eithne Gavigan, Culinary Arts Programme leader, said, “TUS are delighted to host again this year. Such competitions are an integral part of fostering the development of talent in young students and exposing them to options available in college at third level.”