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DkIT Graduate Stefan is Awarded a Prestigious Michelin Star

06 February 2024

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) are proud to report that one of their Culinary Arts graduates, Stefan McEnteer has recently been announced as the recipient of a prestigious Michelin Star as Head Chef in The Bishop's Buttery in Cashel Palace Hotel.

Stefan McEnteer who hails from Kingscourt, Co Cavan, graduated from DKIT with a Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts in May 2015. Whilst in DkIT Stefan completed his Work Placement in Mac Nean’s Restaurant with Neven Maguire. The Institute also organised a summer position for him upon graduation in the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston.


During Stefan’s time in DkIT he represented the Institute at the Knorr student chef of the year 2015, he also won the Gold medal at “Catex Chef Ireland 2015” Pasta competition and the Silver medal at “Catex Chef Ireland 2015” Team Competition.

Receiving a notable Michelin Star is considered the equivalent to the Oscars for the restaurant industry with other Stars being awarded to the following eateries, D'Olier Street in Dublin, Homestead Cottage in Doolin and Terre in Castlemartyr gained its 2nd star this year. 

Michelin said about The Bishop's Buttery, Cashel,

Inside Cashel Palace Hotel, Head Chef Stefan McEnteer and his team have crafted a menu of dishes that demonstrate great skill in their execution, along with terrific flavours and balance. There is detail and care in the cooking, but plates are never overworked, instead allowing the top-quality Irish ingredients to do the heavy lifting. The food – along with the confident, efficient service from a friendly team – is entirely befitting of the rather grand setting in the cellar of this magnificent hotel”.

DkIT has an industry renowned reputation of producing and supporting culinary stars of the future with many of its graduates going on to work in top restaurants both nationally and internationally.

Find out more information on DkIT’s Culinary Arts course 

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