Search on for chowder champion to represent Limerick at All-Ireland cook-off

Alan Owens

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The search is on for Limerick’s Chowder Champion

The search is on for Limerick’s Chowder Champion

THE SEARCH is on to find Limerick's best chowder and to represent the treaty county at a national cook-off event.

A call-out for entries is inviting chefs across the county to apply to represent Limerick at this year’s All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off. The first stage of the competition is a local heat to find Limerick’s Chowder Champion, which will take place in LIT on March 20.

Limerick's Local Enterprise Office (LEO) together with Limerick City and County Council, Innovate Limerick, LIT, and Limerick Food Group have put out the call to find the best chowder, with the winning representative chowder on the day, as voted for by a discerning panel of judges, to go on to represent Limerick at the 8th All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off on Sunday, April 22 in Kinsale.

“This competition is an excellent event for local chefs to demonstrate their skills and the quality of their work whilst also providing an opportunity for one of them to go on and represent Limerick in a national competition," said Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise, LEO Limerick.

Places for the Limerick Chowder Cook Off are limited and interested chefs are encouraged to apply for the competition as soon as possible. Closing date for applications is this Friday at noon.

Tom Flavin, Executive Chef, Limerick Strand Hotel said: “The Chowder Cook Off is a brilliant opportunity for Limerick to showcase what we have to offer from a culinary perspective and put Limerick on the map as a quality food destination. I’ve been to Kinsale for the finals and it will be a fantastic experience for the Limerick winner.

"The Irish winner won the World Chowder Cook-Off last year so who knows how far Limerick could go.”

The winner of the local heat will receive a bursary from LEO Limerick towards their participation at the All Ireland Chowder competition in Kinsale in April.

Entry forms for the Limerick Chowder Champion can be requested by contacting Eithne Gavigan in LIT on eithne.gavigan@lit.ie.