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Young Chef Young Waiter Ireland 2022 competition to take place in Limerick

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Young Chef Young Waiter Ireland awards – Pictured at The People’s Park were chefs and competition judges Mike Tweedy, Jess Murphy and JP McMahon with Prof. Vincent Cunnane, President of TUS. Picture by: Alan Place.

The event will feature Michelin-star chefs as judges at TUS Moylish Campus

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No 1 Pery Square chef Alex Timms with chefs and competition judges JP McMahon, Jess Murphy and Mike Tweedy with sommelier Gary Butterfield of No.1 Pery Square. Picture by: Alan Place. 

Ireland’s finest young chefs and waiters will travel to Limerick on October 4 to compete in the Young Chef Young Waiter Ireland (YCYW) 2022 competition. The winners will be crowned “Ireland’s Young Chef of the Year” and “Ireland’s Young Waiter of the Year” and will go on to represent Ireland at the World Final in Monaco in November.

The worldwide competition, which has been running since 1979, includes Irish chefs and waiters for the first time this year. The national leg of the competition will be held at the Technological University of the Shannon’s (TUS) Moylish Campus. The Irish winners will compete against those of Canada, England, the Cayman Islands, the USA, Singapore, Macao and Wales in the World Final.

The Irish competition will celebrate the excellent standard of Ireland’s emerging culinary and hospitality talent and will showcase the global reputation of Irish ingredients and products. 

The judges of the Young Chef section of the competition will be led by Richard Corrigan, with Michelin-starred chefs Ross Lewis, Derry Clarke, Jordan Bailey and JP McMahon, as well as Limerick chef Michael Tweedie.

The judges of the Young Waiter competition include The Merrion Hotel General Manager, Peter MacCann, Aimsir Front of House Manager, Majken Bech-Bailey, Woollen Mills Group Managing Director, Elaine Murphy and Ballyfin House General Manager, Peter White.

Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of TUS said of the competition, “It is entirely fitting that as a new university dedicated to nurturing and supporting young people in their chosen spheres, TUS, was selected to host the inaugural Young Chef Young Waiter Awards in Ireland.”

“We want to showcase what our young people are capable of on the national and international stage, and we want to celebrate the standing and importance of food culture for Ireland. This is a very significant competition, and we look forward to working with the organisers to see it grow further here in Ireland and to become a staple in the Irish calendar.”

Robert Lee Mulcahy, Chairman of Young Chef Young Waiter Ireland & Monaco commented, “Bringing this national competition and awards to the Midwest gives us the opportunity to profile TUS as the premier culinary arts and hospitality training university in the region, responsible for training some of Ireland’s newest talent for this sector.

“The winners carry the Ireland flag onto the international stage for the World Final, to further profile Ireland as a food island offering high levels of hospitality.”

Entry to the competition is free and is open to those working in the industry aged 26 and under. The closing date for entries is September 9.

For more information on Young Chef Young Waiter Ireland and how to enter, go HERE

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