Kilkenny chef in national cookoff final

Springhill Court Hotel chef Will Fitzgerald recently competed in the cookoff final of a Knorr Blue Dragon competition at the Unilever Development Kitchen in Greenogue, County Dublin.

Springhill Court Hotel chef Will Fitzgerald recently competed in the cookoff final of a Knorr Blue Dragon competition at the Unilever Development Kitchen in Greenogue, County Dublin.

The cookoff saw five of Ireland’s most talented chefs and student chefs from hotels, restaurants and catering colleges across the country go head-to-head in a tightly fought contest. Among the three judges in the competition was Kilkenny’s Ken McGuire, who writes a culinary blog titled “Any Given Food.”

Using Knorr Blue Dragon professional pastes and Knorr Blue Dragon Create More Concentrated Sauces, Will cooked up a menu of pan-seared red snapper, crispy tiger prawns and vegetable salad and spiced tomato jam with laksa foam.

At the final, Will said: “I was delighted to be a finalist in the Knorr Blue Dragon Competition. It has been 15 years since I took part in a culinary competition and I believe the Knorr Blue Dragon Competition will be a competition which will grow in stature year on year, so I was so pleased to be a part of it. The Knorr Blue Dragon Create More Concentrated Sauces which we had to work with were excellent. They are very versatile with lots of scope, and not just for use in traditional curries. All a chef needs is a little bit of imagination.”

As a finalist in the competition, Will’s recipe will be published in a Knorr Blue Dragon recipe book, due to be released in the coming months.