Donegal chef Gary O’Hanlon has won the 2012 Celtic Cook-off where six top chefs representing Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, the Isle of Man, Wales and Cornwall used west Cork produce to create their favoured dish for six judges.
Mr O’Hanlon, who is based at Viewmount House in Longford, was representing Ireland in the competition which took place in front of 200 food enthusiasts at the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen. Each chef prepared three plates of their chosen dish within a half hour time limit using West Cork food plus one wild card ingredient of their own choosing.
Dishes were judged by three tables of two judges each including Tim Anderson, BBC MasterChef Winner 2011, Roy Brett of Ondine Restaurant in Edinburgh who was last year’s Celtic Cook-off winner and Joe McNamee, Food Writer of the Irish Examiner.
Gary’s winning dish was loin of lamb with wild artichoke, smoked tomato, crisp bone marrow and sweetened garlic provided by West Cork Garlic and sweetened with honey that was purchased from a local producer.