David Joyce Named Aramark’s Chef Of The Year
David Joyce has been named Aramark’s Chef of the Year Ireland, beating off competition to claim the title at Food and Bev Live, the food, drink and hospitality event held in the City West Convention Centre.
The annual awards are open to Aramark Catering chefs from throughout Ireland and are judged by an expert panel of chefs. This year’s judging panel included Irish Michelin-star-winning head chef and co-owner of Chapter One Restaurant, Ross Lewis. Mr. Lewis was joined by Brendan O’Neill, Executive Director Panel of Chefs Ireland; Aramark’s UK Culinary Director, Paul Bloxham; and Derek Reilly, Aramark’s Ireland’s Culinary Director.
The competition saw eight chefs compete live to develop an innovative menu of dishes using wholesome ingredients. Joyce was awarded the title Aramark Chef of the Year after he impressed the panel of judges with his dishes of glazed pollock with a warm salad of brown shrimp, cauliflower, gnocchi, brown butter and vodavon. Dessert was chocolate marquise with pistachio ganache, chocolate soil, raspberry sorbet and raspberry gel.
Joyce is the Head Chef of St. Patrick’s University Hospital. He has been a chef for almost eight years, having started his career in The Dawson. He is trained mainly in fine dining and gained experience training in restaurants such as Chapter One and Bijou Bistro.
The award was presented by Shane Flynn, Managing Director of Food Services Ireland, who said, “Once again we have been very impressed at the high standards each of our finalists has shown throughout this competition and David is a most deserved winner. Participating in the Chefs Cup is an excellent opportunity for our chefs to demonstrate their culinary talents and professional skills. I congratulate all those who participated today for their outstanding achievements.”
Joyce will now represent Ireland at the Aramark’s European Chef’s Cup, which will take place in Barcelona.