In a turn of good fortune a single mother from Co Mayo has won €100,000 and will begin new career after being crowned champion of RTE’s Taste Of Success programme.
The woman named Joanne Clarke, 43, who had her home reprocessed last year was crowned the winner after impressing judges business acumen with her deserts of Nutty Brioche and Butter Pudding which will now supplied to more than 140 Lidl stores. A delighted Joanne told host of her hardship in past saying: “I came under a bit of financial pressure and the end story is they got what they wanted – they got the house. To look for the bright side of something like losing your house there is one somewhere. She added: “The money side of it would have a huge impact – to have something to pass on to my 19-year-old daughter Sydney that she could call her own would be life-changing. I can’t believe it.”
Meanwhile Presenter Daithi O Se said Joanne fully deserved her win. Saying: “I had a feeling she was in with a great chance when I first had a taste of it at our Athenry heat. “She is a very worthy winner. We travelled around the country and met some extremely creative and enthusiastic people – there are great things happening in food in this country and it’s great to see someone like Joanne get the boost that this prize gives.”