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DkIT Culinary Arts Students Strike Gold At Chef Ireland Culinary Championships

01 March 2019

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) BA in Culinary Arts students were once again at the top of the pile this week at the Chef Ireland Culinary Championships at CATEX. As part of CATEX, the hospitality industry’s leading showcase, the students took part in a range of competitions held over three days, 26th to 28th February. These competitions offered the students a chance to showcase their creativity while competing against their peers from other colleges and also professional industry chefs, cooking in front of a live audience under the clock.

The culinary team of 1st year students competed from early morning each day. Van Phuoc Le from Vietnam and Ryan Dowling from Shercock, Co. Cavan set the standard in the first competition of the week claiming Gold and Best in Class.  The Larder competition was the chef’s first cooking competition and was a fantastic result, competing against seasoned chefs from around the country.

From Navan, Co. Meath, Conor Farrell’s passion lies in the art of pastry and he showcased his skills expertly in being awarded silver and Best in Class in the Sacher Torte Competition and also won bronze in the soufflé competition, creating a beautiful chocolate and orange soufflé.

Speaking about their success, BA in Culinary Arts Programme Director Alan Mc Cabe commented:

"We are all extremely proud of the students. They invested a lot of time in preparing for the competitions and it's great to see them do so well. They are a credit to their families and have bright futures ahead of them."

All three students were assisted along the way by their tutors Rosemary Leonard and Michael Mc Namara, as well as receiving input from the wider Hospitality team in DKIT. Congratulations to Van, Ryan and Conor who represented themselves and the institute in a very professional manner.  

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