Roisin Toner of Greenlight Gateway’s Country Kitchen joined the ranks of award winning young chefs at a recent national competition in Belfast.
Cooking in the same kitchens used by celebrity chefs like Michael Deane, Roisin wowed the judges and huge audience with an amazing main course of cured salmon served with citrus quinoa and tempura Ballycastle Dulse with a cucumber and chilli relish.
Roisin was one of the first trainees and learners to enrol on the Level 1 catering and hospitality course with Greenlight Gateway in Ballycastle and the new Big Lottery funded Gap Project in September 2013. In the short few months that she has been on the course, Roisin has excelled in her learning and the “proof is in the pudding” when she took home silver with a second place award at the IFEX Culinary Ability Awards in the King’s Hall Complex, Belfast.
Roisin added modestly: “I never believed I would have the chance to cook for people and take part in a competition like this. I have won medals in Pool but I didn’t expect to win a medal just yet.
“I am so glad and proud that I did. I love working and cooking at Greenlight and hope people come to visit us here and see us all at work. “I can’t wait to go to Dublin for the finals next year.”
Ann McIlroy of Greenlight said; “We are thrilled for Roisin and as we told her on the car journey to Belfast, just actually being able to take part in this competition was an amazing achievement for her and our new project.
“Roisin has progressed so far and quickly and really grown in confidence all thanks to the support of our great team.
“Roisin’s achievement is a reminder of how unique and talented each of our members and trainees are.”