This year’s Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year winner has been announced and the winner is Jack Lenards.
The Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year candidates cooked two dishes for five guest judges – chefs Liam Tomlin, Kieran Glennon, Jess Murphy, Graham Neville and Gareth Mullins – first producing a starter or a dessert based on raw milk cheese.
The second dish every Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year finalist produced was a main course using an Irish wild Sika venison saddle.
Jack Lenards of Mews, mentored by chef Ahmet Dede won the overall Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year competition with a main course of Roast loin of Sika deer with barley risotto and Douglas Fir double IPA and a dessert of Poached apple, Tawny cider sauce and grated Young Buck cheese, impressing the judges with their flair, imagination and skill in execution.
This year’s Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year, Jack Lenards, received the opportunity of a stage with judge chef Liam Tomlin in his four restaurants in Cape Town, South Africa.
Jack Lenards will also spend one week at Kruger National Park as well as receiving a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. Each finalist also took home a Kitchen Aid Food Processor and a set of personalised knives from Hugh Jordan.
The Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year competition presented by La Rousse Foods is Ireland’s premier culinary competition celebrating Ireland’s best emerging culinary talent.
Manuela Spinelli, Secretary General of Euro-toques Ireland said: “On behalf of all the Euro-toques Ireland team I would like to congratulate Jack on his achievement. The standard of talent was exceptionally high this year and all six finalists represent a bright future of Irish food.”
Open to professional chefs under the age of 26, the competition has a proven track record in discovering the finest young talent.