IT Tralee Students Win Gold At National Event In Dublin

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Craig Lynch and Karl Noctor of IT Tralee who won gold at an event in Dublin.

TWO IT Tralee National Culinary Apprenticeship students won gold at Food and Bev Live 2020.

One of Ireland’s largest hospitality and culinary events, Food and Bev Live 2020 took place in Dublin last week. and the ITT Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department were represented in the Chef Ireland competitions, which are organised by the Panel of Chefs of Ireland and endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies.

ITT had a team of two students competing in the Mystery Basket Competition Senior Class, which is open to both college students and industry chefs and they were not left lacking when the prizes were being presented, as they received gold medals and Best in Class.

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Craig Lynch (Ballygarry House Hotel) and Karl Noctor (The Rose Hotel) are final year students on the BA Level 7 National Culinary Apprenticeship Programme. The college mentor for this competition was Chef Lecturer Dan Browne (Listowel).

As part of the Mystery Basket Competition, Craig and Karl had to plan, prepare, cook and serve a 3-course meal for 2 x persons from a mystery basket of ingredients within 90 minutes.

They created a duo of Quail (Pan Roasted Smoked Quail Breast on wilted Spinach and a Confit Quail Leg with a Carrot and Cardamom Puree) for starters,  for main course they created ‘Pan-fried Brill and Hake on a Yellow Lentil Dahl with a Mandarin and Lemon Salsa’ and a dessert of ‘Dark Chocolate Mousse with Caramelised Bananas and a Vanilla Tuille’

The list of ingredients was only given to them 30 minutes before the competition started and they had to complete a menu, which was submitted to the judges at the competition start time.

The Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department congratulated Craig and Karl on their great achievement at the national competitions and paid special tribute to Chef Dan Browne for his dedication and commitment in preparing the students for the competition.

The Food and Bev Live exhibition provides an opportunity for Ireland’s most talented student chefs and hospitality students from colleges all across the country to go head-to-head in tightly fought contest across a broad variety of competitions.

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