Recipe competition calling NI foodies and local chefs

Pictured are cook and food writer Trish Deseine, Dr Mike Johnston, chief executive of the Dairy Council of NI, and Joy Alexander, head of food technology development at Loughry College
Pictured are cook and food writer Trish Deseine, Dr Mike Johnston, chief executive of the Dairy Council of NI, and Joy Alexander, head of food technology development at Loughry College

As part of its commitment to the European cheese programme ‘Cheese Up Your Life’, the Dairy Council has launched a competition to give NI foodies and local chefs the opportunity to develop an innovative and inspiring recipe which showcases their passion for cheese.

Bloggers with an enthusiasm for cooking as well as anyone who earns their living from cooking are being challenged to come up with their most creative cheese recipe. The winner of each category will receive €1,000, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Brussels where their winning recipe will be showcased at an exclusive event.

Speaking at the launch Dr Mike Johnston, Chief Executive of the Dairy Council said: “The competition is part of a wider programme which celebrates European cheeses from four countries: Denmark, France, Ireland and our own delicious cheese from Northern Ireland. I would encourage any blogger with a keen interest in cooking and a creative flair for recipe ideas to enter, as well as chefs who would like to show off their skills and have their dish featured as part of the Brussels celebrations.

“The winners from each of the blogger and chef categories will also attend a symposium to learn about European cheese culture including the science of what makes our cheese delicious, to future trends and the place of cheese in a modern lifestyle.”

The Northern Ireland judging panel will include cook and food writer Trish Deseine, Joy Alexander, Head of Food Technology Development at Loughry College and Dr Mike Johnston. Chief Executive of the Dairy Council of NI.

The competition is open until 14th April and the judges will be looking for originality, creativity, an explanation of why cheese is star of the show in the recipe , and, of course, a fantastic taste.

For more details and to enter the competition visit http://bit.ly/2mx5cLQ

Winners will be announced at an awards event in Belfast on 23rd May.