The 2015 YFCU home management final, sponsored by Calor Gas and Northern Ireland Pork, will take place on Thursday 22nd June in front of an invited audience at the Southern Regional College, Newry. Six finalists will compete for the junior title and six senior members will compete for the Linda Currie Tray.
Nearly 600 competitors took part in the first round of the competition in November with the top four juniors and top four seniors who gained the highest scores in each club competition taking part in stage two which took place in January.
Over 100 competitors took part in this stage and had to complete a multiple-choice paper consisting of questions based around different aspects of home management.
The top junior and senior competitors have now been invited to attend the final, which is the showcase for the entire competition.
The finalists must use their practical and theoretical skills demonstrated in stages one and two to prepare and cook a starter and main course using Ulster pork and bacon within an allocated time.
The finalists’ dishes will be judged by top chef and TV chef, Paula McIntyre, who will be observing the finalists as they prepare their courses.
Competitors will be judged on use of pork, hygiene, work practice, menu balance, presentation and taste.
All finalists must be registered at 6.30pm. Junior members will get 90 minutes to prepare their dishes whilst seniors will be allowed two hours.
Members of the audience will be able to follow the finalists’ progress during the event by live link ups over TV screens with the kitchen. While the competitors create their dishes Adam Kelly, Leggygowan Farm, will be giving a talk to the audience about their family farm and on their produce, comprising of goats cheese and soap.
The 2015 YFCU Home Management finalists are:
Junior: Emily Moore, Sara Townley, Megan Agnew, Caroline Barr, Hugh Barr, Abigail McLean
Senior: Joy Balance, Stephanie McIlroy, Stephanie McCollam, James Hughes, Graeme O’Neill, and Jessica Warwick.