The Road to The Final – Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year Holds Semi-Final Cook-Off

Continuing the competitive journey that began for these young talents in June, the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year competition held the contest semi-finals on Sunday, September 17th, in the professional kitchens of Cooks Academy Cookery School on South William Street in Dublin’s city centre.

The guest judge for the skill test was Michelin-starred chef Danni Barry of EIPIC in Belfast, with other judges including chefs Graham Neville and Gareth Mullins, and Domini Kemp.

The two-hour semi-final saw the 12 contestants prepare two portions of slip sole with hollandaise sauce, potato dauphine and vegetables.


They were following strict recipes for the accompaniments, but using their own skills, initiative and style to cook the fish and create the final dish.

Presented by La Rousse Foods, the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year competition is Ireland’s premier culinary competition celebrating Ireland’s best emerging culinary talent.

Open to professional chefs under the age of 26, the competition has a proven track record of discovering the finest young talent, with former winners including Mark Moriarty, who progressed to win the World San Pellegrino Young Chef Competition in 2015.

The competition started in June and guides the young chefs through a culinary journey, culminating with the final in November.

The 12 contestants will all participate in the two-day Food On The Edge conference in Galway on October 9-10th and the six finalists will be announced on October 16th, along with the guest judge for the final.

After the announcement, the six Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year finalists are requested to devise two dishes, one sweet and one savoury, inspired by this year’s contest theme ‘Back to basics – old-school cooking’.

The competition finals will take place in Cooks Academy followed by a gala dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin on the 19th of November.

For more information about the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year, visit

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