Connect with us

News

Natalia’s culinary skills are world class

Published

on

0225141_MTU_Natalia_Leane_from_Killarney_1.jpg

By Michelle Crean  

The heat was on but that didn't deter one culinary student from success as local girl Natalia Leane has made it through to the World Skills Olympics in Shanghai later this year.

Natalia from Killarney, a Second Year culinary student at MTU Kerry Campus, secured gold at the National Cookery Skills Competition for World Skills Ireland which took place from Wednesday to Friday last in the Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT).

Natalia's marks were combined after three days of intense competition.

She will join the best of Ireland’s talent and winners from over 20 other skills areas who will have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the World Skills Olympics in Shanghai.

Natalia reached the finals after coming through the preliminary round in January. She began practicing for the competition in October putting in the hours after college with her Chef Lecturer Dan Browne as well as working in the exceptional restaurant ‘Kingdom 1795’ in Killorglin where she received lots of support and guidance.

Over three days Natalia had to complete five competitive modules. These examined very specific culinary skills such as pasta making, game butchery and cooking, soups and canapes, classical risotto, a mystery basket and a dessert module to include a handmade puff pastry. Overall, she completed over 15 hours of competition work. Each day she worked to specific service times for each module, delivering the food under strict conditions.

“Her practice and planning were essential here in delivering the dishes on time," Chef Dan Browne said.

"All dishes required a high standard of skill to produce and it became even harder when multitasking four of these dishes at once as in day two. She was working entirely on her own over the three days preparing and cooking all dishes from start to finish. We are very proud of Natalia’s achievement at this competition, it provided an opportunity for Ireland’s most talented student chefs from colleges all across the country to go head-to-head in this tightly fought contest.”

Head of Section at the Hotel, Culinary and Tourism Department at MTU Kerry TJ O'Connor added that Natalia’s great success is a testament to her dedication, skill and hard work.

"Congratulations also to Chef Dan Browne who ensured Natalia was well prepared for the challenges of the event and was ready to produce her best cooking in the heat of competition. A fantastic achievement for them both. It is such an honour for anyone to win on a national stage but now to go and represent your country in front of the rest of the world.”

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

International day was a recipe for success

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures. […]

Published

on

0239599_IMG-20220928-WA0006.jpg

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department organised many events throughout the week but activity that took centre stage place was MasterChef for International Culture Day.

60 students from different countries took part by cooking dishes from their native countries. The judges had their work cut out for them but they finally agreed on a deserving winner.

First place went to Greece with a classic but simple Greek salad which was unbelievably well received by all. In second place was the Polish representatives who made mouth-watering pierogi dumplings while students from Germany produced a sweet cake from their own specific region and took third place.

First Year students got the opportunity to sample the food and learn about the dishes and cultures.

Stickers were worn on students’ jumpers from European Day of Languages and allowed students to speak with other students from their country and make new friends.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the ever-growing variety of different cultures within our society and our school setting,” Principal Stella Loughnane said.

“These opportunities provide a great scope for our students to learn and have a better understanding of these cultures while creating a greater respect for everyone’s backgrounds. I also got to taste a few of the dishes and even managed to snag a couple of recipes, they were that good.”

BREWING UP

Meanwhile it was a feel-good morning last Thursday at the school as students and staff brewed up for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

They enjoyed many delicious treats kindly donated by staff all for an amazing cause. The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Hospice raised a whopping €650, this will no doubt be put to great use in supporting people in difficult times. This charity has an extra special meaning for Killarney Community College as they have had members of staff, who in challenging times, were supported by this outstanding service.

Ms Loughnane commended the efforts of staff involved adding that it was such a worthwhile cause.

“The college was delighted to host this event to raise funds for Kerry Hospice who provide so much support to our community at times of need, it is so important to give a little back.”

Continue Reading

News

Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

Published

on

0239641_Unknown-6.jpeg

By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

Attachments

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Last News

Advertisement

Sport

Trending