This week, taking the challenge are farmers market veteran Miriam Flores with her sweet chilli sauce; 16-year-old Dundalk schoolboy David Donnelly with his cod and tomato bake and Reenie Polemis Horton with her mother's recipe for Greek honey cakes.
Miriam Flores is 28 years of age. She was born in California and lived in Mexico for most of her life. Miriam graduated with honours from Le Cordon Bleu school of cookery in Oregon USA. She describes the way she cooks as a fusion of Mexican and French cuisine. Miriam wanted to work for herself so started selling her sweet chilli sauce and other recipes at the coal quay market in Cork city and did some catering at weekends. She has built up a strong customer base and started at Mahon point market. She won the Bridgestone award for the best gourmet product in Ireland in 2007.
David Donnelly (Finalist)
David Donnelly is a 16-year-old schoolboy. David was runner up in Tesco Chef Of The Year 2007. He has entered many cookery competitions during his transition year 2007/2008. He won 'Camp Chef' at Jamboree 2008 and home economics student of the year 2008. His cod bake is a family dish which he has added his own 'creative twists' to make the dish his own. David is fanatical about food and dreams of owning his own hotel which will include a fine restaurant.
Reenie Polemis Horton
Reenie Polemis Horton is 50-year-old American born sales assistant. She lives in Greystones in Wicklow. Her recipe was handed down by her Greek mother who wrote cook books in the USA. Her mum made and sold these honey cakes to health food shops in New York City. She sells her cakes at local farmer's markets and also does freelance catering.