A LOCAL teenager is cooking up a storm in the kitchen as she prepares to represent DkIT in a nationwide student cookery competition.
Emma Matthews, aged 19, from Dunleer is hoping to tantalise the tastebuds of the judges at the Knorr Student Chef of the Year competition.
The second year student of professional cookery at DkIT was chosen to represent the Institute after she won an in-house competition.
Emma will showcase her signature dish at the long-running competition which is due to be held at Waterford Institute of Technology on February 18.
"My larder skills and creativity are particularly strong. As part of the competition, we have to prepare a starter and a main course. I'll be using salmon in my starter and pork in my main course," she said.
According to Knorr's Executive Chef, Willie Somers, the competition provides an ideal opportunity for chefs of the future to showcase their talent.
"With the Knorr Student Chef of the Year competition, we're supporting them from the beginning. This is the 12th Year of the competition and the standard of dishes and participants always amazes me," he said.
The competition's top prize is a trip to America to visit the world-famous International Boston Seafood Expo, which should have up to 18,000 of the world's seafood buyers and sellers in attendance. The trip will also coincide with Boston's St Patrick's Day celebrations.