Huge honour for Burt’s Community Chef

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An Inishowen man was all smiles at the weekend when he became the runner up in a national competition for his involvement and work in the community.

Burt man Brian McDermott, was awarded second place in the Pride of Place award for the most healthy community initiative in the country.

Community Chef Brian, who lives in Moville, attended the ceremony in Dublin on Saturday with his wife Brenda and was shocked and surprised to get the runner up prize.

“There are some prizes if you get second you think ‘oh no’ but not this one. I’m more than happy with the runner up prize especially as we are such a young project.

“I have only been doing this for two years but the organisers said despite the short time the community chef has been up and running they couldn’t ignore the work we were doing in the community.”

Brian was praised at the ceremony for being in touch with what people wanted and with reality as well as delivering a healthy eating project and teaching people to cook.

Nominated on behalf of Donegal County Council through his role as chairperson in the Moville Resource Centre, Brian was along with four other groups from the county.

“I was happy enough to be nominated, this is the first time Donegal County Council has received the recognition so not only is it good for me, it’s good for the council, the Resource Centre and the whole area.”

Earlier this year, Brian was visited by officials from the Pride of Place at his home in Moville.

“The judicators put a lot of effort into deciding who would win. Not only did they spend time with me but they also spoke with the people involved in the community gardens and the resource centre.

“I got a feeling that day they were impressed by the set up of the community chef, but I still never thought I would get so close to winning. I’m absolutely delighted,” claimed the chef.