Celebrity Irish chef, Paul Rankin, has today announced budding Scottish chef, Caitlin Charity, age 6, from Tullibody in Clackmannanshire, as the UK’s top mini-chef in a national cooking competition that challenged young chefs to cook up their best sausage recipe.

Rankin, who is a regular on television screens, launched the competition, in association with Tourism Ireland, in October 2015.

The challenge encouraged children across the UK to get in to the kitchen and devise their own sausage recipe using his new Rankin Selection Irish Family Sausages.

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Beating stiff competition from mini-chefs across the UK, Caitlin was declared the winner after creating a hearty Rankin Selection Irish Family Sausage Hotpot recipe.

Commenting on Caitlin’s recipe, Paul said: “Caitlin’s recipe was a standout classic for me and she is a very worthy winner. Caitlin’s sausage hotpot is the perfect winter warmer dish that the whole family can enjoy. It’s an incredibly easy dish to make yourself at home and is packed full of great flavours, including the taste of the traditional Irish Family Sausage.”

“I launched this competition to encourage kids to get in to the kitchen and get involved in family meal times. That’s what I love about these recipes – the humble sausage is a British favourite and a great wholesome and versatile meal solution for families. You can check out Caitlin’s dish and other great sausage recipes on the Rankin Selection website.”

Courtesy of Tourism Ireland, Caitlin will jet off to Belfast with her family and soak up the sights and sounds of the city with a visit to the multi-award winning Titanic Belfast. Her prize also includes the chance to learn from the best with a fantastic cookery lesson from Paul Rankin. Caitlin and her family will also be treated to entry into Belfast’s must-see visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast, visitor experience.

Vanessa Markey, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to have sponsored the Rankin Selection Irish Family Sausage Mini Chef Competition. This year, Northern Ireland is celebrating its Year of Food and Drink and showcasing the fantastic produce of NI, so this has been a great time to team up with Paul Rankin.

“Northern Ireland has become a hub for high quality food and drink, with a reputation for natural ingredients, freshness and superb quality. We look forward to welcoming Caitlin and her family to Belfast,” added Vanessa.

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