I have had some amazing times as a chef but recently I had the honour of judging a Junior Masterchef competition and I can honestly say it was just one of the most fantastic days I have ever had. The seven young chefs who’s food we were judging were blind or visually impaired in some way. It was a brilliant experience and I was blown away by everything to be honest.
I found those young chefs to be true inspirations. In fact it was a very emotional day. When you have your own kids sometimes you can take a lot for granted so I was delighted and honoured to be the judge on the day.
I have invited the seven kids up to the Cookery School. It was a truly special experience to see them cook and It will be just fantastic to have them all up to Blacklion.
The competition was held in the NCBI complex in Athlone. The NCBI is a national sight loss charity and helps over 18,500 people who are visually impaired.
The kids have been cooking with the NCBI for the past 18 months and learning lots of skills in the kitchen to allow them all to become really fabulous cooks. From weighing items, to opening cans, to chopping ingredients to everything else you can imagine, these kids were amazing.
The whole day was just fantastic from start to finish and hats off to the all the staff for the brilliant job they do.
The kids made beautiful Cajun Chicken Burgers with Potatoes, then they cooked a Rice and Chorizo dish which was fantastic and finished it all off with a Lemon Pudding or a Raspberry Pudding and I can say that every course was delicious.
It will be brilliant to have them up to the Cookery School because I have just been so so impressed by them and I cannot wait to cook some more with them. We should all take a leaf out of their book. Their determination and courage and also their talent is truly inspirational. Well done to everyone involved and thank you for asking me to be part of this wonderful experience.