Can you make Ireland’s most comforting cheese dish?

    Gastro Gays National Dairy Council competition Easy Food

    Food writers Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford — also known as the GastroGays — have announced that they are on the lookout for Ireland’s most comforting cheese recipes. One lucky winner will receive Ireland’s Blue Book Hotel vouchers worth €2,000, and there will also be two runner-up prizes.

    GastroGays have joined forces with the National Dairy Council and the EU-funded Cheese Your Way campaign to find out what’s melting and bubbling in homes across Ireland.

    Patrick said, “We’re really looking forward to seeing what entries start coming in for this competition. In the past year, we have seen many of our followers post recipes with wonderful produce from Ireland, France and even Denmark, so wherever your inspiration comes from, we’d love to hear about it.”

    GastroGays will be helping to celebrate the wonderful versatility and variety of European cheesed, and will provide inspiration by sharing tips on flavour pairings and advice on what cooking techniques work best with a variety of dishes. You’ll find these tips on their Instagram channel over the coming weeks.

    The competition has been inspired by the Ireland’s love of cheese and our curiosity to try out more varieties. In a recent EU-funded survey, 53% of people stated they are curious to discover more cheeses — but Ireland’s firm favourite is Cheddar, at 64%.

    Russell said, “The fact that Ireland is open to exploring different cheeses is exciting, as there are so many varieties to choose from locally and further afield. We love cooking with cheese as it is so easy to use as well as being delicious. All it takes is a little bit of know-how to transform a recipe from normal to phenomenal with the right cheese and flavour combinations, which we look forward to sharing throughout the competition.”

    Russell and Patrick have been taking their love of cheese to the next level during lockdown, undertaking an Academy of Cheese accreditation to expand their cheese knowledge and apply it in the kitchen, commenting, “The world of delicious Irish and European cheeses has consumed us over the past year, so we’re super excited to be part of this campaign by encouraging home cooks of all skill levels to enter their most amazing cheesy, comforting culinary creations with the world!”

    The competition is open until Friday, April 9th. Visit to submit an entry.