Rory O'Connell food demo highlights benefits of preventing waste

The Chef's Chef returns to his native Cullohill

Rory O'Connell food demo highlights benefits of preventing waste

Over 240 people attended Cullohill Community Centre recently to see the Chef’s Chef, Rory O’Connell, promote the benefits of preventing food waste in a free cookery demonstration thanks to funding secured by Laois County Council via the EPA’s Local Authority Prevention Network programme and additional support provided by Cullohill Community Council, Cullohill Tidy Towns and associated sponsors.

Cathaoirleach Tom Mulhall officially welcomed Rory on his return to Cullohill and hoped to pick up some food waste prevention tips on the night.

Speaking at the event, John Mulholland Chief Executive thanked Rory, the audience and applauded the efforts of Cullohill Community Council, Tidy Towns and the staff of the Environment Section for all the work that had gone into evening.

Rory O'Connell is probably Ireland's most experienced cookery teacher. Accompanied by his commis-chef Tracy, his timeless, classic, and essential techniques ensured the audience could replicate the numerous recipes he demonstrated.

Speaking at the event Rory said “I love cooking and I love teaching people how to cook. To cook well, it helps if you love and value food, as this is where it all starts.

“I cannot separate the cooking from what I am cooking.

“I feel bound to do well b2y the ingredients, and learning how to recognise good ones is crucial to becoming a good cook.”

It was all hands on deck as Cullohill Community Council got support from many sponsors to support their raffle and assist in the smooth running of the event including Clayton Hotel, Barringtons Hospital, Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Daltons, The Sportsmans Inn, Joe Dooley Electrical, Rosemount Catering, St Fergal’s College, Laois Hire and Ahaboe Farm Foods.

The Gardai also provided traffic management assistance which ensured everyone entered and exited Cullohill safely.

The event, funded by the EPA’s Local Authority Prevention Network and Laois County Council ensured a free copy of Rory’s mouth watering recipes all of which had a special focus on food waste prevention.

Ann-Marie Kelly, Environment Awareness Officer and Tidy Towns Facilitator with Laois County Council added “we have a limited supply of Rory’s recipe booklet available – simply contact our office on 057 8674331 or email amkelly@laoiscoco.ie to receive your free copy.”

The Stop Food Waste programme, which was a complementary initiative to the food waste prevention cookery demo, will have its final meeting on Tuesday, November 29

Support materials for this programme have been provided by the Clean Technology Centre, Cork, under the LAPN programme.