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Donegal company are Overall Winners at the International Computer Cooking Contest 2012 'Meal Plan in Colour' was announced overall winners of the 'Innovative use of Technologies for Cooking' at the 5th International Computer Cooking Competition held at the prestigious Institut Paul Bocuse, in Lyon, France, last night, 3rd of September. 

Sian and Vincent Breslin, from Donegal Town, were praised for their "innovative solution for home-cooks to food related health, austerity and food waste issues which are now at a global crisis." The jury of distinguished chefs, computer and food scientists and leading industry experts praised the timely and innovative concept. The judges were particular impressed with the fact that "solves real life issues faced by home-cooks worldwide".

The competition which was open to all food technology companies around the world attracted the best in food technology solutions for the home cook. Ranging from semantic recipe search sites such as Yummly to cooking videos to University research projects to food tech businesses with multi-million euro investment. Mehmet Goker, Vice President of Analytics at Salesforce, was generous in praising for providing "a modern solution for modern families".

There were two parts to the competition - one for advanced software technologies for cooking, and one for innovative use of digital technologies for cooking. The judges focused on technologies for home cooking, as opposed to technologies that are targeted at professionals caterers. Each participant had to submit a presentation of their system, in writing, before August and then had to make a live 30 minute presentation and demo during the Computer Cooking Competition, in Lyon, on September 3.

Vincent Breslin with his mum Sian - the founders of
" has been self-funded with support from Donegal County Enterprise Board, Enterprise Ireland, Letterkenny IT, IT Sligo and AIB." said Sian Breslin. "We are close to securing our first round of seed funding which will allow us to hire 4 new employees, create a mobile app, officially launch in the UK and Ireland and to enhance our current platform. We plan to help 1 million families over the next 12 months."

" 'Meal Plan in Colour' is a realistic and habitual lifestyle solution for home-cooks" said Vincent Breslin. "The meal planning in colour concept provides the solution to economic, health, food waste and stress associated with the daily meal making process. The concept was originally created by Sian to help home-cooks at her cookery school provide healthy meals for their families within budget during the Irish recession. is ideal for busy parents with school going children."

Sian Breslin, a professional home-economist with 25 years experience. Her son, Vincent, has a 1st Class MSc. in Sustainable Engineering. The founders of are delighted to have now been recognised as among the world's leading food-tech companies. They are on a mission to help 1 million families in the next 12 months by making it easier for home-cooks to provide healthy meals within a budget and without the stress. 

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