A SECOND-year Home Economics student at Kinsale Community School was a finalist in the recent All-Ireland Easyfood Home-Cook Hero Awards.
The final took place in the Cook’s Academy in Dublin, where Kinsale’s John Walsh had to prepare, cook and serve his dish ‘Jill’s Macaroni and Cheese’, in a time limit of one hour. He was judged by celebrity chefs Catherine Fulvio, Nick Munier and Easyfood’s publisher Gina Milltiadou.
John was awarded first place in the category ‘Easy Cheesy’ and was given prizes to the value of €1,500 for winning the prestigious accolade. John received his award at a black-tie awards ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel, hosted by TV3’s Martin King.
John claims the secret to his dish was the use of local ingredients, particularly the Dubliner Cheese, which was produced in the Carbery factory in Ballineen.
Reacting to the win his teacher, Ms Barrett, said she was thrilled with John’s success and for the excellent experience he received throughout the day in Dublin. ‘It is an excellent competition for the subject of Home Economics, where students were rewarded for having the ability to cook such wonderful dishes, in such beautiful surroundings as the Cooks Academy in Dublin. John is a fantastic student and a pleasure to teach. I have no doubt this phenomenal achievement will stand to him in the years to follow,’ she added.