Limerick student cooks up a storm in nationwide competition

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

TRYING to the discover the ingredients for success has fried the brain of many a businessman. However, for one Dromcollogher secondary school student the recipe for national fame has simply involved spaghetti, pesto and a little mozzarella.

TRYING to the discover the ingredients for success has fried the brain of many a businessman. However, for one Dromcollogher secondary school student the recipe for national fame has simply involved spaghetti, pesto and a little mozzarella.

Laura Stack, a first year student at Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher this week captured first prize at the ‘Take Away My Way’ national cookery competition in Sligo.

Laura’s dish of Quorn bolognese and wholemeal spaghetti saw her triumph over 15 other finalists in the Safefood Ireland schools competition at St Angela’s College. Her success saw her featured on the RTE Six One news bulletin this Monday.

Laura’s teacher Noreen Daly said that classmates and staff at Hazelwood College were “ecstatic” when they learned of her success. Laura received a hero’s welcome on her return to school this Tuesday morning.

“Laura is an exceptional girl. Her interest and enthusiasm within the classroom has ignited a renewed interest in all aspects of home economics in the classroom”, Ms Daly added.

Laura’s dish was selected for the national finals out of a total of 900 entries submitted by home economics students across Ireland. The competition had an added local flavour in the presence of entries from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale, and Crescent College Comprehensive in Dooradoyle.

The competition is designed to teach students about healthy eating while encouraging creativity in the kitchen.