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No Repro Fee 2024 Junior Chef Ireland Final Ailey Lyons , Winner of Junior Chef Ireland organised by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and Limerick Central Rotary and held In TUS, Limerick. Ailey is a student of Colaiste Ide Agus iosef, in Abbeyfeale, Limerick. Pic. Brian Arthur No Repro Fee 2024 Junior Chef Ireland Final Ailey Lyons , Winner of Junior Chef Ireland organised by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and Limerick Central Rotary and held In TUS, Limerick. Ailey is a student of Colaiste Ide Agus iosef, in Abbeyfeale, Limerick. Pic. Brian Arthur

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Abbeyfeale student crowned 2024 Junior Chef Ireland Champion

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Ailey Lyons, Winner of 2024 Junior Chef Ireland organised by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and Limerick Central Rotary and held In TUS, Limerick. Pic. Brian Arthur

Ailey Lyons from Coláiste Íde agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale has been crowned 2024 Junior Chef Ireland Championship winner

Tom Flavin (President, Limerick Central Rotary Club), Denise Brazil (Limerick Central Rotary Club), Ailey Lyons (Junior Chef Ireland Winner), Ger Lynch (Limerick Central Rotary Club), and Jim O’Meara (Culinary Arts Lecturer, TUS). Pic. Brian Arthur

Limerick Central Rotary Club hosted the final of the annual Junior Chef Ireland Competition in conjunction with TUS Midwest, and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB), on 15th May 2024.

Entries came from all over Ireland, with five students being chosen to compete in the final, which took place in the kitchens of the TUS Moylish Campus. Ailey Lyons from Coláiste Íde agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale was announced as the winner on the day.

This competition, open to all students in full-time secondary school education, was sponsored by the Limerick Central Rotary Club, LCETB and TUS. The perpetual trophy was kindly sponsored by Mr Luke Nolan of KBR Foodservice Equipment. Other prizes for this year’s competition were generously sponsored by Chef Neven Maguire, TUS, LCETB, Rotary Club of Athlone and Sinead Marron of Limerick Central Rotary Club.


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Organiser Tom Flavin, Chef and Food Consultant and President of the Limerick Central Rotary Club, commented, “We are delighted to host this successful competition for the second year in a row and to put the talents of these young chefs in the spotlight. Through this competition we hope to highlight the many opportunities for students wishing to take up culinary arts as a profession, either by apprenticeships or in third level education”.

Bernadette Enright, Manager of LCETB’s Hospitality Campus, stated, “We must continue to support and encourage hospitality training at secondary school level. It’s incredible to see the talent that has been demonstrated in the competition”.

Eithne Gavigan, Culinary Arts Programme leader, said, “TUS are delighted to host again this year. Such competitions are an integral part of fostering the development of talent in young students and exposing them to options available in college at third level.”

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Finalists in the 2024 Junior Chef Ireland Competition – Izzy, David, Ailey, Saoirse and Abby. Pic. Brian Arthur

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