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Chef Gary O'Hanlon, Amanda Mc Cloat, Head of Home Economics Dept, St. Angelas College and P�draic 'g' Gallagher, President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Jamie Keogh, Confey College, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, winner of the Junior section of the National Finals of the RAI, Fine Dine At Mine competition, at  St. Angelas College, Sligo. Photo: James Connolly
A Leixlip student has won an all Ireland cookery competition.

A Leixlip student has won an all Ireland cookery competition.

Jamie Keogh from Confey Community College in Leixlip was named as the Junior winner of The Fine Dine at Mine All Island Schools cookery competition.

Rub by the Restaurants Association of Ireland and St Angela’s College, Sligo, the Junior and Senior Finals were held over on 6/7 May.

Sixteen finalists from all over Ireland battled it out for the coveted title.

Third year student, Jamie (15) was thrilled to win, said his mother, Sharon, and has his eye on a career as a chef.

Over 1,400 students entered from around the country and the numbers were narrowed down. Jamie was mentored by La Banca in Lucan and had advice from his dad Stephen, teacher. Ms Hargedan and Keith Kenny. His winning dish was chicken, stuffed with roasted pepper, buffalo mozzarella and basil, past in a tomatoe sauce and home made pesto.

Among the judging panel was Chef Gary O’Hanlon from VM Restaurant of Viewmount House in Longford, the President of the Restaurants Association, Pádraic Óg Gallagher, Head of the Home Economics Department in St. Angela’s College, Sligo, Amanda Mc Cloat, and Home Economics Teacher at St. Angela’s College, Dr. Elaine Mooney.

Gary O’Hanlon said the standard from students even as young as 12 really impressed me and to see such enthusiasm and knowledge of product origin was quite impressive. If they all continue towards a career in the food business then our Hospitality sector will be in very safe hands indeed”.

The competition provided secondary school students with an opportunity to work with professionals.