Culinary students from the Department of Tourism & Hospitality at Cork Institute of Technology won 30 medals at the Chef Ireland Culinary Competition. The event – hosted by
the Panel of Chefs Ireland and the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance - took place over two days as part of Food and Bev Live in the Citywest Conference and Event Centre.
Amongst the 30 individual medals were four overall winners in their categories, including Cork students Daniel Healy in Irish Beef, Caroline Hayes in Vegan, Benjamin Dazy in the Cold Dessert category and Aisling Kelly in the Hot Dessert category.
This year’s theme was 'sustainability' with an emphasis on awareness of ingredients and origin of the foods . The event took place in a dedicated Cold Salon and Live Hot Theatre and allowed students to showcase their skills in categories such as Amuse Bouche, Irish Beef, Lamb, Duck, Pork, Fish, Vegan, Asian, Pasta, Hot Dessert, Cold Dessert, Macaroons, Chocolates, Cupcakes and a Mystery Basket. The Judging Panel comprised members of the Panel of Chefs Ireland.
Dr Noel Murray, Head of Department of Tourism & Hospitality at CIT said “This is an outstanding achievement for our culinary students to be recognised in such numbers on the national stage. I am delighted for them, and their lecturers, who put so much work into preparation for the event. These achievements solidify our position as a centre of culinary excellence.”
The Department of Tourism and Hospitality at CIT encompasses the areas of Culinary Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Beverage Industry Management and has over 600 students.