Hotel, Culinary and Tourism Department Staff and Students - Play Their Part at the Recent Dingle Pennisula Food & Wine Festival

Food & Wine Festival logo The 2011 Dingle Pennisula Food & Wine Festival was a great success again this year and members of staff and students from the Hotel, Culinary & Tourism Dept., of ITT played an integral part in that success.

TJ O'Connor (Head of Section - HCT) was a key member of the final judging panel for Blas na hEireann, where food producers from the Island of Ireland were recognised for their hard work and dedication to Irish food. Maurice O'Brien (Lecturer - HCT) was Master of Ceremonies for the food demonstrations over the weekend, where chefs from the pennisula created and displayed their favourite dishes utilising the produce of the pennisula and the county.

Dan Browne (Lecturer - HCT) was one of the headline demonstrators and he created an amazing display of Annascaul Black & White Pudding and local Seafood dishes, which wowed the audience and allowed those present to understand the simplicity of using fresh, local produce.

Dingle Pennisula Food & Wine Festival 2011 Other demonstrators included past and present students from the HCT Dept., such as Noel Enright (Head Chef - The Chart House and current BA in Culianry Arts Year 3 student), Keith Piggott (The Global Village and current Higher Cert. in Culinary Arts Year 2 student) and Mark Murphy originally from Carlow and now living in Dingle is one of the Main Organisers of the event and is a past student of the Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery at IT Tralee.

Current students of the HCT Dept., also gave up their weekend to come back and help with organising the event and a special mention must go to Karen Donovan, Margaret Hartnett and James O'Sullivan of the Total Immersion Chefs Programme. We all look forward to 2012. Please see more about the festival @