Apprentice Chef

NOT ONE, but TWO FINALISTS!

APPRENTICE CHEF is cookery competition organised by chefs in Tralee Institute of Technology. It focuses on making healthy food choices ‘Good Mood Foods’

The Involvement in The Apprentice Chef is the top Home Economics achievement in Hazelwood College, where Healthy Eating is a priority. Students love to participate in cook-offs in school and they really benefit from the Tralee workshop where they can experience a professional catering environment.

Participating student chefs are linked to a chef mentor who advises them on their dishes.

Apprentice Chef has raised the standard of skills in our school and inspired students and their families toward healthier food choices . In Hazelwood College EVERYBODY learns about ‘good mood food’ from Tralee’s Apprentice Chef Event.

This year is our 4th year competing the The Apprentice Chef. Hazelwood’s Julia O’Doherty won 1st prize in 2012. the competition’s first year. Then, in 2015, Laura Stack came 3rd in the final. We have four Home Economics Teachers in our school and we teamwork towards better food choices. Home Economics student numbers are growing and we are happy to be adding a new kitchen this year.

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Billy Ryan, our 2nd year finalist, who is using locally sourced beef from O’Connor’s butchers, Dromcollogher, pictured with Ciaran O’Connor, craft butcher. Ciaran taught Billy how to butcher beef fillets into even-sized cubes for his dish.

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This is Orlaith Hennessy’s dish of Fish Curry and rice with crostini and green salad. This was her original dish idea. With the help of her chef mentors Orlaith has developed this dish to an even higher standard. Check out The Apprentice Chef Facebook page to follow our successful students.

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Recipe4Success

Hazelwood 5th Year Home Economics students learnt many skills at Recipe4Success Cookery School, Annacotty on 2nd March 2016. They worked on the assignments for their Leaving Cert Home Economics Practical Food Studies. The following photos are as follows –

1. Hazelwood 5th Year Home Economics students with Ms O’Flaherty and Ms Garrihy
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2. Shauna Kenneally, Eimear Lenihan, Padraig Roche, Jessica Roche, Shauna Kiely
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3. Aoife O’Callaghan, Tracy Lynch, Emma Purcell.

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4. Shania O’Hanlon, Danielle Aherne, Aoife Murray, Chloe O’Brien, Rachel O’Brien, Ann Boyce at Recipe4Success Cookery School, Annacotty in March 2016.

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International Food Fair

Hazelwood College Leaving Certificate Applied students Conor Begley (left) and Alan Murphy (right) prepare to participate in the International Food Fair, which was held recently as part of their Hotel, Catering and Tourism module. Conor and Alan produced samples of American food as part of their entry in the International Food Fair.

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Picture 2: Hazelwood College Leaving Certificate Applied student, Emma O’Callaghan, completes her entry for the International Food Fair, which took place in Hazelwood College recently.

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Home Ec Department Open Day

The Home Economics department were very busy on our recent openday. During the day they fed over 260 Primary schools students. A busy day was had by all preparing and cooking buns, cakes, tarts and sausage rolls.

Here are some photos from the day:

Picture 1: ​​Hazelwoods famous buns for primary school visitors​

Picture 2: ​2nd years; Sean Broderick and Jack Walmsley, who won prizes for their Healthy Packed Lunch entries during Hazelwood College’s Open Day​

Picture 3: ​Visitors tasting Healthy Packed Lunches during Hazelwood College’s Open Day​

Picture 4: ​Home Economics students Rachel Doody, Ronan O’Connor & Jack Walmsley during Hazelwood College’s Open Day​

Picture 5: ​2nd year Jack Harding demonstrates his baking skills during Hazelwood College’s Open Day​

Picture 6: ​​Ms Reilly demonstrates baking skills to 1st year Home Economics students during Hazelwood College’s Open Day

Picture 7: ​​Visitors enjoying the Home Economics display during Hazelwood College’s Open Day

Apprentice Chef 2015

Hazelwood College TY student Laura Stack travelled to the IT Tralee on recently to compete in the semi final category of the Apprentice Chef 2015. Laura prepared cooked and served Breast of Duck served with a Honey and Clove Sauce, Braised Red Cabbage, Sweet Potato Puree and Pommel Anna on a bed of Spinach. The judges complemented Laura’s exceptional culinary skills and her professionalism on the day. Thanks to the standard of her dish and its preparation and presentation that Laura secured her place in the Apprentice Chef Final due to be held shortly.

Picture 2:Laura Stack’s dish which was a Breast of Duck served with a Honey and Clove Sauce, Braised Red Cabbage, Sweet Potato Puree and Pommel Anna on a bed of Spinach. Laura secured her place in the Apprentice Chef Final, which will occur shortly thanks to the standard of her presentation of this dish.

Hazelwood’s Aisling Has All the Ingredients for Success

Hazelwood’s Aisling Has All the Ingredients for Success

Hazelwood College students Cathy Foley, third year, and first year student Aisling Brennan were selected as finalists in the ‘Easy Food Home-Cook Hero Awards 2014 Cookery Competition. This is a national cookery competition which is open to the public, of every age, and sponsored by ‘Easy Food’, which is Ireland’s bestselling food magazine. Aisling, who was making her debut in this competition won her category, Easy Cheesy, while Cathy Foley came in the top three in her category.

The ten categories in this year’s competition are: Fabulous Fowl, sponsored by Moy Park; Larder Luck, sponsored by Heinz; Easy Cheesy, sponsored by Irish Dubliner Cheese; Best Burger, sponsored by Mr. Crumb; Take 5, sponsored by Braun, Magic Mealtimes, sponsored by Green Farm, Squisito, sponsored by Barilla; Butter Me Up! Sponsored by Connacht Gold; €10 Family Favourites, sponsored by Lidl; and Everyday Inspirations, sponsored by Birds Eye.

The two finalists were invited to the Cook’s Academy Cookery School, South William Street in Dublin 2 on Saturday, 8th November, last where they cooked their chosen recipes in front of a panel of celebrity judges consisting of Paul Flynn – The Tannery Restaurant, Townhouse and Cookery School, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and is also a proud brand ambassador for Lidl Ireland, Catherine Fulvio of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School and Gina Miltiadou, Managing Director of Zahra Media – publisher of Easy Food Magazine.

€1,500 worth of prizes, including a weekend break, kitchen appliances, restaurant and supermarket vouchers, and a hamper of utensils, kitchenware and food hampers were the rewards on offer for the culinary champions.
TV3 cameras captured the 30 finalists during the Easy Food Home Cook Hero Awards Ceremony and the public will be able to watch the broadcast which is 1 hour duration on TV3 at 1:40pm this Saturday 15th November.
Cathy Foley cooked Breast of Chicken, Celeriac Puree with a Creamy Shallot, Mushroom and Bacon Sauce. Aisling Brennan prepared Bacon and Cheese Surprise. The favourite top ten dishes were selected by the judges and the winners announced by TV3 ‘s Martin King at a gala black tie awards dinner in the c, St Stephen’s Green Dublin on Saturday night.

Their Home Economics teachers were impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by the girls and are delighted with their recent success. It is just fantastic to see such passion and interest. Ms. Noreen Daly said ‘it is a remarkable achievement for the girls considering the hundreds of entries received for each category. Both students were highly complemented on their natural flair and ability to work under pressure.

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Chefs Smell Victory Cooking!


Hazelwood Chefs Smell Victory Cooking!

Hazelwood College students Sheila Brown (left) and Cathy Foley (right) competed in the Regional Final of the Apprentice Chef Competition in Institute of Technology, Tralee. Both budding chefs had to use locally sourced ingredients for their dishes. Cathy was chosen to participate in the Apprentice Chef Competition National Final, which will be held on March 28th.

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O’ Eggciting News for Tara!

O’ Eggciting News for Tara!

Tara Reidy, a first year student in Hazelwood College, was recently announced as one of twenty runner up winners in the O’ Egg Recipe Challenge. This national competition was organised by the Farrelly family, who are Ireland’s leading free range artisan egg producers based in County Cavan. Recipe entries had to incorporate the O’ Egg products of liquid whole eggs or liquid whites, which are available in the chilled fridge cabinets in SuperValu and Centra throughout the country.

This O’ Egg product provides the same flavour and nutritional content of shell eggs while avoiding wastage from cracked eggs in the box, the mess and hassle of picking out egg shells from the bowl. It is time, effort and hassle free for the novice and adventurous cook. This newly launched product is pasteurised thus ensuring a long shelf life of 21 days ( 7 days once opened) and can be frozen successfully.

Tara’ s recipe entry of Chocolate Yogurt Cake was emailed in last December and a lengthy process of adjudication followed with the judges cooking and tasting each recipe entered to ensure that the recipes chosen were successful and as well as meeting the criteria of appearance, flavour and texture.

Tara was amazed and delighted when she received the good news of her winning entry and was thrilled to receive her prize of a signed copy of Rachel Allen’s cookery book.

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Teens get a Taste for Cooking !

Teens get a Taste for Cooking !

Fifth year Home Economics students from Hazelwood College attended a very successful hands on – one day cookery program to help them complete their leaving certificate cookery tasks in Cloughjordan House Cookery School and also visited Cloughjordan Wood-Fired Bakery in Tipperary recently.

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