Cheese Lovers Time to Celebrate

Cheese Lovers - Recipe Competition

The National Dairy Council is delighted to announce a new recipe competition to celebrate European Cheese. We are inviting you to create an original recipe using cheese as the main ingredient. There are two categories for entering your recipe:

Passionate Cooks and Foodies – A delicious, healthy and nutritious family style recipe that you might cook mid-week.

Prize: A cooking holiday in Tuscany including flights from Dublin and accommodation for two people plus professional kitchen equipment to the value of €500.

Trainee Chefs/Culinary Students – A special occasion recipe that you might cook for a dinner party or celebratory occasion.

Prize: A professional cooking holiday in Tuscany including flights from Dublin and accommodation for two people plus attendance at a special Cheese Symposium in Brussels on 7th and 8th June 2017.

How to enter:
Complete the online entry form OR download the entry form. Either email to or send by post to Cheese Comp, NDC, The Studio, Maple Avenue, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. Your recipe must include full details on ingredients, method, cooking times and picture – Closing date for all entries is Friday 21st April 2017.

Clearly mark which of the categories you are entering – Passionate Cooks and Foodies or Trainee Chefs/Culinary Students.

The judges for the competition include Irish Chef Clodagh McKenna, Irish Olympian and food author Derval O'Rourke and Vanessa Greenwood of Cooks Academy in Dublin.

The six finalists, three from each category will be invited to Dublin to attend a Cook Off in Cooks Academy on Friday 5th May 2017 where the two winners will be announced. All entrants must be available to attend the Cook Off if selected as a finalist.

A full set of Terms & Conditions are available here.

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EU Funding

The National Dairy Council has partnered with SuperValu for the Cheese Up Your Life Programme. Cheese Up Your Life is a programme financed with aid from the European Union which aims to showcase the quality and versatility of cheese and how easily it can be incorporated into our daily lives.