10th Anniversary ‘Master Chef’ Competition

Raglan Road Master Chef Cooking Contest WINNERS Announced

This week we announced our 10th Anniversary ‘Master Chef’ Cooking Contest Winners. Three Central Florida home cooks and two others from out of state have won a trip to Ireland as part of Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant’s 10th anniversary celebration. The five winners will fly to Ireland May 21 - 26 where they’ll perfect their cooking techniques with celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon at his Dunbrody House hotel and cooking school in southwest Ireland. Each winner also will cook a dish for a special Raglan Road 10th anniversary dinner in October.

The five winners are: Janice Epaillard of Mount Dora, Fla.; Aaron Van Swearingen of Winter Park, Fla.; Colleen Kerney of Orlando, Fla.; Heather McBroom Walker of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Linda Rohr of Darien, Conn.

Each was chosen for his or her three-course 10th anniversary menu created and videotaped for the contest. Chef Kevin Dundon chose the five winning cooks after reviewing all contest entries. Winning dishes included an elegant oyster soup, salmon and sage boxty rolls, Wexford rack of lamb, Irish scallops and shrimp pie, and bangers and “smash” stew. “There were lots of entries, and it was difficult to choose just five winners,” Dundon said. “I was struck by the breadth of recipes that were so creatively demonstrated. I was also really impressed by the level of effort made by all the entrants. I’m looking forward to seeing our five winners at Dunbrody House.”

For the first leg of their trip, the group will stay in Dublin and enjoy an elegant dinner at the Michelin Star rated restaurant L’Ecrivain, which serves a contemporary blend of Irish and French dishes on the site of two old Georgian coach houses. Chef Derry Clarke, a long-time friend of Dundon’s, is one of Ireland’s leading chefs. An Irish pub visit and a trip to the Guinness Brewery and Hop Store also are on tap. At Dunbrody Country House Hotel located on the dramatic Hook Peninsula, the group will enjoy luxurious accommodations and meals when they’re not working in the kitchen of Dundon’s cooking school. The resort is known for its elegant chandeliers, 1830s Irish oak floors, pitched pine window shutters and crackling turf fires. A chic champagne bar and terrace will give the group a chance to kick back and enjoy their win. The group also will travel with Dundon to visit local markets, farms and fishing docks where the popular chef sources many of his ingredients.

Each of the winners will cook a dish chosen by Dundon in October at a private 10th anniversary celebratory dinner at Raglan Road. The amateur Master Chef competition ran from March 16 through April 21 and was open to home cooks throughout the United States.