Wexford chef is 'dish of the day' in physique competition
A WEXFORD chef recently found himself to the dish of the day when he twice took top honours in a national 'physique' competition.
Paddy Sheil, from Rosslare Strand, first won his category in the recent Northern Ireland Fitness Model Association (NIFMA) competition in Belfast before going on to win the overall title as well.
'It's a physique competition,' said Paddy, who has been working as a chef at the Riverbank House Hotel in Wexford for the past two years.
Paddy, aged 20, said he had been training for the past 18 months to reach a competitive standard although that's about half of the time normally required to get to the top in the sport.
'I intend to just keep on going and progressing.. it's the hype and the pressure that inspires me. I want to try building as much mass as possible for the next nine months and then to take part in the Spring classic in Limerick next April,' said Paddy, who will be taking part in further chef training at WIT, in Waterford in September.
'They are both my passions,' said Paddy, who left school early after his mother passed away and who has been rebuilding his life ever since.
'The physique training gives me focus. It made me strong and I know where I am now,' said Paddy, who has the support of his girlfriend Gabrielle Kavanath in his endeavours, both in the kitchen and in the gym.