A CORK woman has been chosen a top winner in the recent nationwide search by banana importer Fyffes to find Ireland’s most imaginative meal-makers.
In topping the ‘best dessert’ category, Kiera Stewart, from Dripsey, fought off stiff competition from the large volume of competitors who responded to the invitation fronted by well-known television cook, Donal Skehan — whose previous collaborations with Fyffes led to the discovery of Ireland’s most creative banana bread bakers and banana dessert makers.
This year, Skehan broadened his search to find the most delicious dish, from first to final course, savoury or sweet, in which a banana is the key ingredient.
Skehan called it “a challenge to mums, dads and the younger generation to create an appetising recipe that will demonstrate the versatility of bananas as an ingredient, whether in meals that are cooked, baked, boiled, blended and everything in between.”
Recently becoming a mother for the first time, Kiera has developed her passion for baking by setting up her own home-baking business from which she supplies local coffee shops with a full range of tasty delights.
In creating her prize-winning ‘banana cinnamon bundt cake’, Kiera packed her recipe with walnuts and finished it with a delicious cream cheese topping.
Congratulating Kiera on her success which she says “demonstrates the obvious dedication and enthusiasm she puts into her culinary creations”, Fyffes head of marketing, Emma Hunt-Duffy went on the praise all those who entered the competition, adding that “it was particularly pleasing to see the incredible levels of skill and creativity amongst those who took part, not least the younger, next generation of home baking enthusiasts”.
Other category winners in the competition are: 10-year old Savanna Pascoe, from Rathnew (Best Junior Baker under 12 years); 14-year old Rachel Hanley from Lanesborough (Best Junior Baker aged 13 – 17); Cynthia Wong from Monasterevin (Best Breakfast); 14-year old Elliott Stokes from Caherconlish (Best Savoury); Harini Sonpal from Churchtown (Best Non Bake); Alline Isense Dalpiaz from Cahersiveen (Best Vegan) and 12-year old Aoife Flood, from Rathangan, (Overall Winner).
Further details of each category winner and their winning recipes can be viewed on www.facebook.com/FyffesIreland.