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Jonathan Keller crowned winner of the European Chef‘s Cup
The UK’s Jonathan Keller crowned winner of the European Chef‘s Cup in Croke Park
The European Chef’s Cup took place in Croke Park on Thursday the 2nd March. Aramark chefs representing Ireland, U.K, Belgium, Czech Republic, Spain and Germany were required to prepare, cook and present three courses to a panel of judges. For the European Chef’s Cup, the judging panel was made of up both technical judges and tasting judges. The tasting judges included Michelin star chef Ross Lewis from Chapter 1, Leylie Hayes, Head Chef from Avoca and Hugo Arnold, Food Entrepreneur.
Aramark Culinary Director, Derek Reilly, said, “Competitions like this give our chefs an opportunity to demonstrate their passion for food. We were absolutely delighted with all the extremely high standard of all the dishes – it certainly didn’t make the decision to crown the winner easy for the judges!”
The European Chef’s Cup took place in the iconic Hogan Suite in Croke Park. The night also included a ‘Taste of Ireland’ theme where all the food served was of Irish origin. Avoca had a large station of speciality salads, desserts and vegetarian options coupled with a beautiful selection of bowled food from the Croke Park team, led by head chef Ruairi Boyce, for attendees of the event. A Taste of Ireland video was shown on the night which highlighted Ireland’s strength in the world food market. The night was hosted by Frank Gleeson, Managing Director of Food Services Aramark, and culminated in a high energy performance by Celtic Rhythm professional dancers and musicians. The UK’s Jonathan Keller won the European Chef’s Cup.
Frank Gleeson, MD of Aramark Northern Europe said, “Congratulations to Jonathan on his well-deserved win. The level of dedication to refining skills, dishes and practises to perform well at these competitions is incredible. The standard this year was truly state-of-the-art and every competitor should feel extremely proud of themselves. It really shows that we have so much talent in the Aramark business!”
Photographed at Croke Park were the Spanish competitor, Ignacio Arce Gil; the Belgium competitor, Cédric Perrini; the Irish competitor, Farid Derradji; the German competitor, Stefan Schmitt; the UK competitor, Jonathan Keller; and the Czech Republic competitor, Jiří Janeček.