Photo Caption: from left to right: Roy Ramsay, Comber Rotary Club; Adam Morrison; Una Kane, Rotary Club of Dublin (North), who organised the event; and Rotary Ireland’s District Governor Declan Tyner, who presented the prizes.


Adam Morrison, a 15-year-old Down High School student from Killyleagh, has won the all-Ireland final of Rotary’s Young Chef competition, beating five other finalists in Dublin.

“This young man’s kitchen skills are right up to restaurant standard,” one of the judges commented.

“His table presentation and his use of local produce were particularly impressive.”

Given 2 hours to cook and serve 3 courses, Adam wowed the judges with his Comber potatoes, kale and broccoli, Wallace Hill free-range eggs and Abernethy butter from Dromara.

He admitted he had to travel a little further north to source his salmon in Glenarm.

Said Adam: “I couldn’t believe it when the judges picked me as the winner. I was nervous at the start when I saw what the other contestants were planning – and how much older and better prepared they seemed to be. Now I’m really looking forward to the UK final in Lincoln next month.”

Adam is grateful to his parents Alistair and Ivy for letting him loose in the kitchen at home and of course to his Home Economics teachers, Sharon McKee and Patricia Garrett.

He’s also indebted to Richard McCracken, chef of Balloo House restaurant in Killinchy, for giving him so many helpful hints.

Story by: DA


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