IT Tralee Culinary Arts Degree student in final of National Food Innovation Awards

National Food Innovation Awards 2011 The inaugural National Third Level Student Innovation Awards (Food Product Development), were hosted by GMIT on Wednesday, 1st June, and ITT can be proud of Kay Lanigan Ryan (BA Culinary Arts 200), who was one of seven finalist, from across the country, chosen to compete for the grand final prize. Kay's inspired creation, was a raw cookie dough for the retail market sector, incorporating organic ingredients, and coeliac friendly flour.

This was developed by Kay, as part of her Food Product Development Module, on the BA Culinary Arts programme, under the guidance of Lecturer Maurice O Brien. The categories for the prestigious awards, included Entrepreneurial Award, Innovation Award, and Best Commercial Product Award.

The overall winner, will receive dedicated mentoring, and support services, from Enterprise Ireland to bring the product to commercialisation, and a 4 day visit to Cologne's Food Exposition, and the Food Science and Technology Park.  Kay agreed that although not attaining an overall award, it was a great achievement to be chosen as a finalist, from 21 entrants nationwide.

She has been inspired to continue to develop the product and hopefully, with hard work and dedication, bring it onto the market-place in the near future. Watch out for  'Auntie Kakes' Cookie Dough, coming soon. Kay come from Carnahone, Beaufort, Killarney.