The Department of Tourism & Hospitality at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) hosted their annual Food Product Development Showcase. This event is the culmination of a semester’s work on the Bachelor of Business in Culinary Arts Degree, and brings together modules in Culinary Entrepreneurship and Food Packaging & Design.
The students worked individually, or in groups, to develop an innovative food product, along with a Business Plan to support their product. Sixteen products were presented to a panel of judges, which included Artie Clifford,Chairperson of Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards; Michele Santry, Food To Go Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland; David Chandler, Sales Director of Blenders and Julie Delaney, Brand Manager for Blenders. Adrienne Rogers, Head of Enterprise at Cork City Local Enterprise Office, and Eddie O’Neill, Artisan Food Specialist with Teagasc were also in attendance for the showcase.
The hotly contested event saw the following products coming to the fore: