MasterChef Ireland saw 50 hopefuls chasing a place in the final 16. The outstanding amateur cooks that made it through were put through a series of intense culinary tasks and challenges testing their talent, skill and determination. Over the following weeks these exceptional amateur cooks were faced with a series of increasingly complex culinary challenges from taste tests and mystery boxes, to mass catering, fish cookery and Indian cuisine right up to the intricacies of pastry, fine dining and Michelin-starred cooking, and more. Contestants were eliminated at different stages of the series until there was one winner. Waterford born Mary Carney was crowned the very first MasterChef Ireland champion. For more information, click here. Follow us on Facebook by clicking here.