Two NLN Students Win Medals At Event In Dublin

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Erin Quirke (third from left) and Anne Marie Fealey (second from right) who won Bronze medals at Chef Ireland competition last week. Also included is Catering Instructor at NLN Tralee Tom Hardiman, NLN Area Manager Fiona Keogh, Mayor of Tralee and Kerry ETB Chairman Cllr Jim Finucane and Assistant Catering Instructor Frances Griffin. Photo by Dermot Crean

TWO catering and culinary skills students at the National Learning Network centre in Clash were celebrating after winning medals at an event in Dublin last week.

Erin Quirke from Ballyseedy and Anne Marie Fealey from Killorglin won bronze medals at the international Chef Ireland competition, which took place at the City West  conference in Dublin last week.

Anne Marie and Erin carried on a proud tradition of NLN students winning medals in this competition. They both won in the open hot dessert category preparing their dishes in front of a live audience.

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Commenting on both students success, Tom Hardiman, catering and culinary skills instructor with National Learning Network in Tralee said, “We are so proud of Anne Marie and Erin. They both worked so hard on creating their dishes and practicing them. They are both extremely talented and have a passion for cooking.”

Anne Marie said; “I’m thrilled to bits with the achievement and I’ve practised a lot to get to this position.”

Erin also said she was delighted with the medal, but this wasn’t her first win: “I was in one competition before this at the county fair where I got two firsts, two seconds and an honourable mention. I got the passion for cooking from my nan Eileen.”

The Chef Ireland is an international three-day culinary competition that rewards practical professional cookery and restaurant services.

The competition which is co-ordinated by the Panel of Chefs of Ireland and run under the World Association of Cooks Societies is designed to showcase the creativity, skill and imagination of Ireland’s chefs.


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