Christine is Chef Factor champion

Chef Factor champion, Christine Crowley, with celebrity chef and author, Rachel Allen. Also included are Cullen Allen, left and Colum O’Sullivan, sponsor.

Chef Factor champion, Christine Crowley, with celebrity chef and author, Rachel Allen. Also included are Cullen Allen, left and Colum O’Sullivan, sponsor.

A young Waterford City woman with ambitions to make a career in the culinary trade has won a major national cookery competition, the prize for which will certainly help set her on her way.

As winner of Chef Factor, Christine Crowley (25) is to undertake a 12 week cookery course at the renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School, starting on January 10. The competition was sponsored by the Cully & Sully Food Company and Christine’s prize is worth €12,000.

Daughter of Pat and Audrey Crowley from Crescent Drive in Hillview and a former Mercy Convent student, Christine resides at Hazelbourne in Cleaboy. She hopes to open a café in Waterford once she has completed the Ballymaloe course.

Along with thousands of other entrants, Christine had to create a dish, get her picture taken with it and then submit that, with details relating to the ingredients and its preparation. All entries were placed on the Chef Factor website for about a month, with an invitation for people to vote for their favourite.

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