First year student wins week with celebrity chef

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West Clare based culinary student Kevin Murphy has beat off stiff competition to land not one, but two stints with world renowned Michelin chefs.

A first year student at GMIT, Kevin came third in the Global Aquaculture Alliance Recipe Challenge and will be joining celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala at his restaurant in London for a week.

Kevin Murphy
Kevin Murphy

Todiwala is chef proprietor of Café Spice Namasté and has been awarded an OBE for his services to the hospitality industry.
“He’s a massive, massive chef in England so that’s a big deal like,” Kevin said.

Kevin prepared a mouth-watering dish of pan seared turbot with potato, black olive tapenade and sun dried tomato sauce for the competition.

The judges were so impressed with Kevin’s dish, they offered him a 12 week placement with a Michelin star restaurant in Galway.
Though the placement has yet to be confirmed, Kevin is excited to work with one of his heroes.

“That wasn’t part of the competition, that was one of the judges asked me if I’d be interested in doing a stage with a top chef in Galway. I’d know the man being in GMIT. The man is a legend,” he added.

We’re certainly looking forward to trying Kevin’s cooking in the future.

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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