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

Summer berry plate

Summer berry plate

An intricate and tricky dessert from MasterChef Ireland 2011 winner Mary Carney

Squab pigeon

Squab pigeon

A unique and imaginative dish from MasterChef Ireland 2011 winner Mary Carney

Warm Lobster Salad

Warm Lobster Salad

Perfect as a midweek main or weekend starter, from MasterChef Ireland 2011 winner Mary Carney