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Gary O’Hanlon is Celtic Cook Off Champion

The team at Bluebird Care would like to congratulate Donegal born chef Gary O’Hanlon who was announced winner of the ‘Celtic Cook-Off’ in the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen last week.

The Viewmount House chef, originally from Ramelton, won the judges over with his dish of Loin of Hill Lamb, with bone marrow and wild artichoke, topped off with West Cork Garlic with Honey, impressing the panel further with its harnessing of Irish and local ingredients.

The event in association with Taste of West Cork Food festival, consisted of a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style cook-off with six chefs from the six Celtic territories going head to head to win the ‘Celtic Cook-Off Champion’ title. The other chefs on the night included Jack Stein (son of TV chef Risk Stein) representing Cornwall, as well as representatives of restaurants in Wales, Scotland, Brittany, and the Isle of Man.

Next week will see Gary turn the tables and take to the judging panel for the upcoming National Big Bake Off, organised by Age Action and supported by Bluebird Care, in the Cooks Academy Dublin next Thursday, September 27. In search of Ireland’s family favourite recipes Age Action launched this annual campaign in association with their upcoming Positive Ageing Week, September 28 to October 6.

Eight finalists will be letting their secret recipe out of the bag as they go head to head in in the Cooks Academy kitchen to lift the title of the Big Bake 2012 winner. Gary will taste and test the dishes, awarding one winner's dish based on taste, creativity, originality, texture, consumer appeal, overall presentation. The winner will then appear on Ireland Am with Catherine Leyden to cook thier recipe on October 3.

Keep tuned to hear all the antics from inside the Cooks Academy as our eight finalist yet to be unveiled, will face the heat and go head to head in the Big Bake Off 2012.