The team from IT Tralee was made up of five students who were successful at the recent Chef Ireland Culinary Competitions, Ireland`s Largest Hospitality and Culinary Event. Linda O’Connor (Castleisland), student on the National Traineeship Programme received a Gold Medal and first in class for the Larder work Competition. Richard Butler (Mallow Origin), student on the Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts was awarded with a Gold Medal and first in class in the Lamb Competition. Ciaran O Neill (Milltown), student on the BA in Culinary Arts received a Silver Medal for his Butter Sculpture depicting Johnny Depp from Pirates in the Caribbean, Karen Donovan (Ardfert) also a student on the BA in Culinary Arts received a Certificate of Merit for a Butter Sculpture of a horse in full gallop and Patricia McCarthy a student on the BA in Culinary Arts received a Certificate of Merit for a Butter Sculpture of the Salmon of Knowledge.
The Chef Ireland Culinary Competitions provides the opportunity for Ireland’s most talented Industry chef as well as student chefs from culinary colleges across the country to go head-to-head in tightly fought contest. It remains the biggest competition of its kind in Ireland and is an excellent opportunity for chefs currently working in the industry and the chefs of the future to showcase their talent in front of some of Ireland’s leading food professionals.
The Chef Ireland Competition formed part of the hospitality expo 2014 where Hospitality Studies students Ololade Osinubi and Laura o Grady represented the Institute at the National Cocktail making Competition. Ololade Osinubi was chosen to be one of the 6 Finalists out of over 20 contestants from around Ireland with her “Passion Fruit Cosmopolitan”.
TJ O’Connor Section Head, Hotel, Culinary & Tourism commended students for their achievements saying, “I would like to congratulate and acknowledge how proud the Department are of the students for their great achievements at the recent national competitions, both of which will greatly enhance their future career prospects. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Chef Dan Browne, Chef Will King, Deirdre Sugrue and Ronan Doyle for their dedication and commitment in preparing the students for the competitions and all those who helped make this a reality for the students. It is indeed a great achievement on the National stage”.