Donal went bananas for Alline’s recipe

Creative: Alline Isense Dalpiazm

A talented Kerry pastry chef has been chosen as a winner in a  nationwide search by banana importer Fyffes to find Ireland’s most imaginative meal-makers.

In topping the best vegan category, Alline Isense Dalpiazm fought off stiff competition from the large volume of competitors who responded to the invitation fronted by well-known television cook, Donal Skehan, whose previous collaborations with Fyffes led to the discovery of Ireland’s most creative banana bread bakers and banana dessert makers.

Alline’s award-winning recipe

This year, Skehan broadened his search to find the most delicious dish, from first to final course, savoury or sweet, in which a banana is the key ingredient.

Donal Skehan: Bananas for good dishes

He challenged mums, dads and the younger generation to create an appetising recipe that will demonstrate the versatility of bananas as an ingredient, whether in meals that are cooked, baked, boiled, blended and everything in between.

No stranger to the competition, Alline also topped a category in last year’s event, winning best styling award for her banana brownie.

A pastry chef at Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa, Killarney, Brazilian-born Alline moved to Kerry four years ago, having first arrived as an English student in 2013.

She has been honing her skills whilst working in restaurants and hotels in her native Brazil.

Further details of each category winner and their winning recipes can be viewed on

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