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DIT Culinary Arts Student to represent Ireland at the International Young Chef Olympiad

Posted: 18 January, 2017

DIT Culinary Arts student, Amanda Sharkey, has been selected to represent Ireland at the 3rd International Young Chef Olympiad in India this month.

(L-R) Dr Frank Cullen,Head of School Culinary Arts & Food Technology, DIT, George Smith, Lecturer Culinary Arts,DIT, Amanda Sharkey, Competitor, Young Chef Olympiad, and Vincent Carton, Managing Director, Manor Farm

In total, student chefs from 60 countries will be competing from around the world.  Amanda’s participation is sponsored by Irish chicken producer, Manor Farm.

“It’s a great honour to compete at this level. It really tests your skills and knowledge,” said Amanda who is a second-year student. “Culinary Arts has already opened up a world of opportunities for me I’d never imagined.”

The competition will run over five days and will take place in four major cities - New Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata.

Amanda’s mentor, DIT Culinary Arts Lecturer, George Smith, said “It’s a very exciting time to be a young chef. Our goal in DIT is to raise the profile of the culinary arts, and to try to encourage more young people to consider it as a career option. An event like the International Young Chef Olympiad is a major opportunity to get recognition of your talent as a chef. “

The 3rd International Young Chef Olympiad commences on January 27th.

(L-R) Amanda Sharkey, Competitor, Young Chef Olympiad with sponsor Vincent Carton, Managing Director, Manor Farm