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Aspiring Young Chef Wins Manor Farm ‘21 Minute’ Challenge

By Donna Ahern
Aspiring Young Chef Wins Manor Farm ‘21 Minute’ Challenge

Wexford native Joseph Roche has been named winner of this year’s Manor Farm 21 minute cookery challenge. The DIT Culinary Arts student from Enniscorthy competed against four other finalists from the prestigious school of culinary arts on Cathal Brugha Street in Dublin this week.

Vincent Carton, Managing Director of Irish chicken producer Manor Farm said: “ The standard among the students was exceptionally high this year. I was particularly impressed by the creativity of the dishes." He added that " The temptation for most is to cook foods that are already partly prepared so that dinner becomes an assembly line rather than an activity where you're cooking fresh foods from scratch. This important competition proves how limited time shouldn’t limit taste and nutrition.”

The five finalists from Laois, Dublin, Wexford, Meath and Sweden attracted high praise from the judges, who included Vincent Carton, Dr Frank Cullen, Head of the DIT School of Culinary Arts and Caitríona Redmond, food writer and blogger of Wholesome Ireland.

“Each student was tasked to cook a nutritious chicken dish in 21 minutes or less,” said Vincent Carton. “ We know that 9 out of 10 grocery shoppers are buying chicken each week and the timing is based on research that shows 21 minutes is the average time a working mother has to cook a mid-week evening meal.” Carton added

Each dish was judged on the basis of taste, nutrition, timing and cost. The winning dish was Joseph Roche's Mexican inspired Pan fried Ras el Hanout chicken leg oyster with Mexican style mixed vegetables.


Winner, Joseph Roche said: “ I had to keep sight of creating a dish that was nutritional, easy to prepare and also one that would be liked by the whole family, especially young children.”

All of the recipes are available to view on

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