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Sep 17, 2012 - The Apprentice Chef is launched at the Hotel Culinary and Tourism Department at IT Tralee

The Apprentice Chef is launched at the Hotel Culinary and Tourism Department at IT Tralee

The Apprentice Chef creates a wonderful opportunity for Secondary Schools - a culinary blend of cooking demonstrations, internship & €1,000 prize money! The Apprentice Chef sponsored by Lee Strand was launched last Friday, September 7th, 2012 at the Institute of Technology Tralee. The Overall Winner of The Apprentice Chef will receive €1,000 for their school sponsored by Lee Strand; plus a three day internship with Chef Simon Regan at Chapter 40 Restaurant in Killarney a former graduate of IT Tralee; three cookery workshops with Chef Mark Doe at Just Cooking, Firies; three Innerjoy Wellbeing Coaching sessions with Susan Fitzgerald, an Apprentice Chef uniform and kitchen utensils. The seven runners-up will each receive a Cookery Master class at the Hotel Culinary and Tourism department at the Institute of Technology Tralee. The Hotel, Culinary and Tourism Department at the Institute’s North Campus houses state of the art facilities including; a training restaurant and bar, production kitchens, demonstration theatre, pastry and class kitchens. With 20 specialist Hotel, Culinary and Tourism staff and a cohort of 300 students the department delivers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the areas of Restaurant Operation Management, Tourism Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Studies and Culinary Arts.

The Apprentice Chef to begin will run in eight Secondary Schools and it is planned to extend it to include all interested Secondary Schools in Co. Kerry in the 2013/2014 school year. The Apprentice Chef challenge is for students to create a recipe for a main course using only ingredients listed in the ‘Good Mood Food List’. The initial screening will be made on written submissions and will be assessed by the two Mentor Chefs: Mark Doe of Just Cooking Cookery School and Simon Regan of Chapter 40 Restaurant Killarney and Wellness Coach Susan Fitzgerald. Two will be chosen from each school the selection will be a combination of the mentors and School mentors assessment.

The 16 qualifiers will then be required to prepare and cook their recipe for the Mentor Chefs who will offer mentoring, advice and encouragement beforehand for judging at a Semi-final ‘Cook-off’ in January in the Institute of Technology Tralee. 8 will then be chosen to proceed to the finale of The Apprentice Chef in March 2013 where one will be victorious.

For further details on The Apprentice Chef contact thepprenticechef2012@gmail.com or visit www.theapprenticechef.ie. The Apprentice Chef website will be regularly updated with a range of cooking videos for students and the general public to enjoy.

The Apprentice Chef will provide a great opportunity to educate teenagers on the importance of healthy eating, while also providing essential healthy lifestyle skills. The Apprentice Chef will promote the advantages of using locally sourced food and the benefits received not only from a health perspective but also economic. The project will highlight how locally sourced produce can benefit the local economy and therefore keep jobs in Kerry.

”Mark Doe, Apprentice Chef Mentor commented “With the importance of healthy eating and you are what you eat, we believe that the Apprentice Chef will bring an enhanced awareness of this to the Secondary School level, as well as promoting the hospitality industry as a career choice. We are very excited about the potential of the pilot project of The Apprentice Chef and hope to bring the project to a regional level in the coming years.