Apprentice Chef

Hazelwood College Home Economics second year students (from left to right) Kirsty Shiels, Sarah Farrisey and Victoria Shanahan pictured at preparation for Cook Off for the Apprentice Chef Cookery Competition under the mentorship of Mark Doe of Just Cooking cookery school in Firies, Co. Kerry. This high standard cookery competition is based in I.T. Tralee and supports Good Mood Food and Healthy Eating using locally sourced ingredients.

Picture b: Sarah Farrisey, second year Hazelwood College Home Economics student, pictured participating in the Apprentice Chef Cookery Competition in IT Tralee as part of Good Mood Food and Healthy Eating using locally sourced products.

Picture c: Victoria Shanahan, second year Hazelwood College Home Economics student pictured at the Apprentice Chef Cookery Competition under the supervision of chef Mark Doe.

Picture d: Kirsty Shiels, Home Economics students from Hazelwood College student, pictured as she participated in the Apprentice Chef Cookery Competition

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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Apprentice Chef News

Hazelwood College students Bridget Kiely (left) and Shauna Kiely attend the Regional Apprentice Chef Workshop, which was held at the Institute of Technology Tralee. Hazelwood College Home Economics students travelled to the workshop in order prepare to enter the Regional Apprentice Chef Competition, as well as gaining experience of a professional restaurant kitchen.

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Picture 2: Hazelwood College students (from left to right) Lorna Donegan, Billy Ryan, James O’Connor and Shannon Curtin are pictured on their break at the Regional Apprentice Chef Workshop, which took place to offer advice for students of Home Economics. Students were able to experience the reality of running a professional kitchen, through the facilities at ITT.

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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.