By Mary Carney.
Mary Carney was named the inaugural MasterChef Ireland winner in 2011 by judges Nick Munier and Dylan McGrath, after reaching the finals alongside Bridín Carey and Mike Curran. The 29-year-old from Waterford city says that her mother is her culinary inspiration. Her dream is to run a café in the style of her culinary hero, Yotam Ottolenghi but with the current economic climate that ambition is temporarily on hold. In 2012, Carney