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Limerick Schools present Young Chef of the Year award 2019

Young Chef of the Year award 2019 – The team behind the Fleetwood Young Chef of the Year including Katharine Tate (second left) and Harry Lomas (far right)

Limerick Schools present Young Chef of the Year award 2019

A future Gordon Ramsey or Mary Berry could be right here in Limerick and about to be discovered with the launch of the city’s Young Chef of the Year award 2019. This is a project developed by The Food Teacher™ team in the UK to improve long-term health by educating children and their families about food and nutrition.

Young Chef of the Year award 2019

Evelyn Hartigan (Limerick nutrition coach and teacher)

The award was first launched in 2017 in Lancashire, UK through the Healthier Fleetwood initiative supported by GP Dr Mark Spencer. He explains how the idea behind the award is making a difference, “Cooking is great fun and brings families and friends together. Getting children interested in cooking and improving their nutritional knowledge is a great initiative.”

Two Primary schools across the city, with the support of nutrition coach and teacher Evelyn Hartigan and funding from the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, will be taking part this year. Students in 5th/6th classes (ages 10-12) taking up the challenge will be designing a ‘Meal for their Hero’ of soup, main course, dessert and a drink for under €10. Along the way, the children will learn chef skills, seasonality, cooking methods, food hygiene and safety, where food comes from and healthy diets. The teaching will also cross over into other curriculum areas such as English, Mathematics, Geography, Science and Social Personal and Health Education.

Coordinating the challenge with the programme of activities and resources is The Food Teacher™ team (teachers and nutritional therapist) who feel, “Teaching children the importance of food for their health is essential and this challenge provides that opportunity within a practical, purposeful and engaging context.”

Young Chef of the Year award 2019

Young chef getting ready for the Young Chef of the Year award 2019



Among the resources available to the schools will be videos from Katharine Tate (The Food Teacher™, Director) and Harry Lomas MBE. “Chef Harry has been instrumental in developing essential chef skills into the awards to motivate and interest children in food, cooking, presentation and hospitality.” Katharine added. Evelyn sums up, “Eating the right food can bring about major health benefits both physically and mentally for all of us. So, let’s get cooking!”



For further information on the competition, click here.

For further info, contact Marie Reynolds The Food Teacher™, Education Consultant (Limerick Lead) at [email protected]

For more stories featuring cuisine, click here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.