IT Tralee To Host Major ‘Food For Thought’ Event

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IT Tralee North Campus will host the ‘Food For Thought’ event later this month.

A FARMERS market, cooking demonstrations, workshops, panel discussions and much more will take place at the IT Tralee later this month at a special culinary event.

The ‘Food For Thought’ showcase is a must for anyone interested in food and the culinary arts and takes place on Wednesday, April 26.

Taking place throughout the day at the North Campus, ‘Food for Thought’ will feature an outdoors farmers’ market from 10am to 3pm.  This market will be open to all students and all members of the public to come and enjoy the atmosphere and the food.

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In the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Building, Room J116, from 10am – 11.15am,  Mark Doe from Just Cooking and Mentor for “The Apprentice Chef” couples up with Padraig Randles from Kenmare an “Apprentice Chef” participant for a cookery demo.

From 11.30am – 1pm, Eddie ‘Ed’ Attwell, head chef at St Kyrans hotel and restaurant who earned the much sought after opportunity to cook at a 90th birthday banquet for Queen Elizabeth, as part of the Great British Menu series will forage in the local area and based on this and other local produce, he will create a range of contemporary dishes.

There will be an ‘In Converstion With Chefs’ panel discussion from 2pm – 3.30pm. The panel will include;

Kevin Aherne – Chef/Proprietor, Sage Restaurant, Midleton @KevinAherneChef
TJ O’Connor – Senior Lecturer, Culinary Arts, IT Tralee @TJOC72
Tom Flavin – Executive Chef, Limerick Strand Hotel @FlavinTom
John Drummond – Executive Chef, Gleneagle Group
Mark Doe – Just Cooking Cookery School & Co Founder and Mentor of The Apprentice Chef Programme @justcookinkerry

The panel will share a range of diverse opinions on why the current chef skills shortage exist and how we got to this point, their ideas for tackling it and the best approaches to training the chefs of the future.

There will be a  New Food Product Development Showcase Event, open to all from 11.00am-2.00pm where Third year Bachelor of Culinary Arts students will have an opportunity to develop and create a food product from start to finish; incorporating a business rationale, product discussion with experts from the industry and product tasting.

There is also a range of workshops taking place during the day so for more information on ITT’s ‘Food For Thought’ event click here

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