The winner of the Euro-Toques Young Chef Competition has been announced, with Ruth Lappin (pictured right), 22 year-old Chef de Partie at Restaurant Patrick Guilband, taking home the prestigious award.
Lappin was deemed the winner after three months of interviews and culinary skill tests judged by a panel of experts. She beat out four other young chefs to take home the title, which previous winners include Neven Maguire, Gearoid Lynch and Mark Moriarty.
The award was presented to Lappin at the Shelbourne Hotel by special guest judge, three time Michelin-starred chef Clare Smyth, Chef Patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsey in London.
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The other four finalists at the competition were:
- John Fitzmaurice, 26, Head Chef at Moloughney’s, Clontarf
- Conor Halpenny, 20, Chef de Partie at Brabazon Restaurant, Tankardstown House
- Robert Browne, 21, Loam restaurant, Galway
- Roseanne Meehan, 24, Junior Sous Chefat Knockranny House Hotel
Commenting at the final, Wade Murphy, President of Euro-toques Ireland said, The level of dedication and passion that these 5 young chefs have shown throughout the last three months is inspirational and really showcases that the future of Irish cooking in Ireland is in safe hand.
"This year’s competition was extremely close and really came down to the wire but Ruth showcased exceptional culinary skill and organisation making her a worthy winner”
Lappin will now embark on an all-expenses paid stage at Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant working under Clare Smyth.