Cheese Up Your Life -
The Winning Recipes

The National Dairy Council is delighted to announce the two winners in the Cheese Up Your Life recipe competition.

We received a huge number of entries across two categories and six shortlisted finalists attended a Cook Off in Dublin. The finalists were Róisín Gallagher, Dublin; Donna Hennessey, Cork; Kristin Jensen, Louth; Gráinne and Shauna Moggan, Dublin; Hanna Mathe, Waterford; and Elke O'Mahony, Cork.

Róisín Gallagher won first prize in the Passionate Cooks and Foodies category with her innovative take on a classic lasagne. Her Cheesy Bean Lasagne really impressed the judges as a tasty and nutritious everyday dish for all the family.

Hanna Mathe, who is studying Culinary Arts at Waterford Institute of Technology, won first prize in the Culinary Student category for her delicious Blue Cheese, Kale and Pecan Tart.

Róisín Gallagher

Róisín Gallagher

Hanna Mathe

Hanna Mathe

The judges for the competition were Irish chef Clodagh McKenna; Former Irish Olympian and Fit Foodie, Derval O’Rourke and Vanessa Greenwood of Cooks Academy in Dublin.

View all our finalists' recipes below – we hope you enjoy trying them out yourself at home!

The History of Cheese

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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.