Welcome Team Northern Ireland to Young Chef Olympiad

Northern Irish cuisine encompasses the cooking styles, cuisine, traditions and recipes associated with Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and also Ireland.
Here are some awesome dishes and their descriptions are provided. Ardglass potted herring is found in butcher’s shops and fish traders. It is herring that is marinated in vinegar, rolled with bay leaf and baked with breadcrumbs.Potato bread farl a flat bread prepared with potato, flour, and buttermilk.It’s cooked on a griddle. Soda bread is one of Northern Ireland’s unique griddle breads, it can be eaten straightaway, or cooked until golden in an Ulster fry. They are sometimes eaten with butter and homemade jam, or with savoury food such as smoked salmon, fresh fried eel, or thick dry-cured bacon. Soda bread farl is a soft, thick and fluffy bread. It was first baked in the 1800s in Ireland, and local people used baking soda to cause the dough to rise. It’s typically served with an Ulster fry, and not commonly eaten alone.
Population :1,856,168 as on 2015.

Popular Northern Irish Cuisine

Traditional Dishes

  • Champ
  • Irish Stew
  • Lough Neagh eel
  • Potato bread farl
  • Wheaten bread
  • Ardglass potted herring
  • Traditional butcher’s sausages
  • Pasties

Popular Dessert

  • Rich Guinness Cake
  • Creamy Baileys Mousse Pie
  • Apple Upside Down Cake
  • Irish Whiskey Cake
  • Cranachan
  • Bread and Butter Pudding with Rich Whiskey Sauce
  • Donegal Oatmeal Cream
  • Chocolate Potato Cake

Popular Beverage

  • Guinness
  • Irish Whiskey
  • Tea
  • Irish Coffee
  • Method
  • Miwadi
  • Bulmers Cider
  • TK Red Lemonade

About Young Chef Olympiad

Young Student Chefs from 67+ nations after getting selected from different colleges from 67+ nations, will fly down to India on 26th January (67th republic day for India) to represent their country in a cook-off that will last 4 days starting 29th January to 1st February. The results will be collated and the Grand Finale is scheduled on Monday 1st February 2015 at Kolkata.

Young Chef Olympiad Team For Northern Ireland


Student Chef: David Haggan


College: South Eastern Regional College


Hosting Team: IIHM Kolkata

About Young Chef David Haggan


I am a student at South Eastern Regional College, in my second year of study, working towards an NVQ 3 in Professional Cookery. I also work as a trainee chef in a small Italian restaurant in Belfast called il Pirata. I am passionate about food, using fresh local products, and also in developing my skills and knowledge. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, going to the gym and fishing. I aspire to open my own restaurant in the future, after gaining sufficient knowledge and experience.

About the participating college


South Eastern Regional College provides high quality and innovative services to almost 37,000 learners utilising our 1050 experienced staff and specialist facilities.  Services include Further and Higher Education courses, apprenticeships, professional development training, community education, online learning, tailored training for businesses, support for SMEs, Technology Transfer and IT solutions.

SERC is focused on supporting the economy by providing the skills and knowledge required for the existing and future workforce.  This not only includes training individuals but working with employers to ensure that provision is tightly aligned with industry needs.

SERC has four main campuses located in the south eastern region of Northern Ireland including Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn and Newtownards and a further three outreach centres in Comber, Holywood and Ballyboley, all offering an innovate curriculum of full-time, part-time, higher education and further education courses. SERC is a top UK college and aims to be world class by 2020. SERC have been described as the ‘cutting edge’ college of the Northern Ireland Further Education sector.

Whilst SERC have been better known for providing training courses they have become renowned as an innovative partner for companies seeking to improve productivity and develop new markets or products. Services such as product prototyping and business improvement consultancy help companies, large and small, to achieve their ambitions. SERC works with 40 secondary and grammar schools across the South Eastern region and the outskirts of Belfast.
SERC customers are mainly school leavers aged 16-18 years old enrolled onto a further education level 2 or level 3 qualification. SERC also offers higher education courses (level 4-6 qualifications) and has 1200 students enrolled on a higher education course. The School of Hospitality, Tourism, Management and Languages within SERC is at the cutting edge of Hospitality and Catering, with world class facilities and industry experienced staff utilising innovative pedagogy techniques.

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