CBS the Green students Kevin Browne and Cathal Mcloughlin were among nine students who took part in the third day of the apprentice chef cook-offs at IT Tralee on Thursday March 16.
Each student had an hour and a half to cook a ‘good mood’ dish that they created based on a project they submitted previously.
The students who were lucky enough to get to the cook offs were assigned a mentor who advised them about their dish components and presentation.
Each of the mentors is a well experienced chef and students gained an invaluable insight into the culinary industry through the opportunity of working in an industrial kitchen at the department of culinary arts in the college.
The apprentice chef programme is the brainchild of award winning chef Mark Doe and chef Mark Murphy of the IT Tralee.
The main objective of this regional event is to educate young people on the physical and mental benefits of eating well and help them recognise how eating the right foods can positively affect their mood, concentration levels and overall well being.
There is also an emphasis on the use of local fresh produce based on seasonality, availability and nutritional value.
The grand finale of the competition will take place in May with the winning school receiving €1000 worth of kitchen utensils as well as a cookery workshop for their school by Mark Doe along with a copy of his cookbook, a specially commissioned chopping board and apprentice chef uniform.