Ready, steady, cook!

Josephine Nelis smiles for the camera during the Junior Masterchef challenge.

Josephine Nelis smiles for the camera during the Junior Masterchef challenge.

The idea has become a hit among celebrity chefs in some of the world’s main ‘foody’ hotspots, and last week, thanks to the staff at the Old Library Trust Healthy Living Centre, Creggan hosted its first pop up restaurant.

The event was held to mark the end of the summer scheme and saw Irish Food Heritage Chef Emmett McCourt prepare a delicious two course meal for the many who turned up on the evening.

Emmett, well known because of his successful publication ‘Feast or Famine’ certainly ensured Creggan residents enjoyed a feast at the pop up restaurant,

The event took place on Friday past and some of Creggan’s young cooking hopefuls got a chance to perfect their skills in a junior masterchef competition before the pop up restaurant opened its doors.

The masterchef demonstration kicked off at 3:30pm and saw three young local chefs prepare a dish of their own from scratch under the expert guidance of Emmett McCourt.

Following the competition Emmett held a live cooking demonstration showing the audience how easy it was to prepare this healthy home cooked meal, at the same time show casing some of the finest local produces.

The event was free to the public who were then treated to a main course of corned beef of brisket with cabbage whilst the desert was a scotch boat Cranahan.

The event was a successful event and a first for the Old Library Trust who set up a pop-up restaurant with the guidance of local chef Emmett McCourt. Staff have now said they’re considering similar events in the future in an effort to promote different healthy eating alternatives on a budget.

Leeann Monk OLT Programmes Manager said: “We are delighted to have hosted Creggan’s first pop-up restaurant promoting healthy food on a budget whilst bringing the community together.”


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