Living the dream as master chef for a day

Living the dream as master chef for a day
David Fitzgerald from Ballygarvan who was chef for a day at the Vienna Woods Hotel.

A BALLYGARVAN boy with a rare genetic condition got a chance to live his dream yesterday becoming a master chef at Vienna Woods Hotel.

David Fitzgerald, 12, from Ballygarvan, suffers from mitochondrial myopathy, a condition which affects his neurological and muscular development and shortens life expectancy.

The budding culinarian got to bake a cake and serve up some fine dining after his school, Cope Foundation-run Scoil Bernadette in Montenotte, organised it for him.

His mum Maria said it was a dream come true for David. “David really enjoys cooking and he loves his cooking classes in school so his teacher suggested that she try to contact some hotels and ask if David come in and learn how to be a chef. The school is fantastic and they just want to make him happy so I said, yes, brilliant, let’s try.

“They contacted a number of hotels a few weeks ago but Vienna Woods was the only one that responded and said they’d love to have David come in.

“The staff were amazing, they had everything set up for David when he arrived and he absolutely loved the experience. The highlight was probably getting to eat the cake he made himself,” she added.

Vienna Woods owner Michael Magner said the staff were delighted to oblige.

“We’re here to make people’s dreams come true and we might be a business but we also want to help people and give back to the community. Doing something like this costs us nothing but for families like David’s, it might be a priceless experience. We’ll always listen and try to help people in whatever way we can, so come and talk to us.”

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