Dublin Cookery School Announces New Scholar
Last month, following the first ever launch of the scholarship, forty six aspiring cooks applied for the scholarship by posting a selfie with their signature dish on social media sites (#dublincookeryschool) along with a brief pitch explaining why they deserved to be the Dublin Cookery School scholar.
The triumphant winner of the Dublin Cookery School scholarship has been announced. Epi Rogan, from Ballincollig, Co. Cork (originally from Kodiak, Alaska, USA but has been living in Ireland for the last 12 years) is the winner of the prestigious scholarship worth €8,500 following a cook-off at Lynda Booth’s Dublin Cookery School in Blackrock yesterday evening.
Epi impressed a panel of judges including Lynda Booth (Dublin Cookery School), John Wyer (Forest Avenue) and Stephen Flynn (The Happy Pear) with her passion, strong all-round performance and stunning quick-braised beef cheeks dish to fend off stiff competition in the kitchen from twelve other amateur cooks from across Ireland.
Epi Rogan: “I’m delighted to have won the Scholarship. The cook-off was a really amazing and overwhelming experience because the standard of everyone’s food was so high. My ambition is to become a chef and go on to work in restaurants. I’m really excited to start the Three Month course in September and learn as much as I can about food from Lynda and the tutors here to help me pursue my dream.”
As a result of winning the professional scholarship, Epi has secured a place on the cookery school’s prestigious Three Month Certificate course (value €8,500) this September. The course, which is the only one of its kind in Dublin, will give Epi the opportunity to learn all of the cooking skills and techniques needed to pursue an exciting new career in the food industry.
In addition to hands-on cooking and expert tuition from Lynda Booth and her team, students on the course get to experience a variety of out of the kitchen activities. These include field trips, meeting Irish food producers, sessions with industry experts in wine and cheese, one-to-ones with food business advisors and students also gain their HACCP food safety qualification as part of the course. Epi will also have the opportunity to work in a professional kitchen by going on a ‘stage’ placement to Forest Avenue and learning from top Irish Chef John Wyer.
For more information on the Dublin Cookery School visit: www.dublincookeryschool.ie/scholarship