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Community Food Initiative Announces Innovative Professional Culinary Course

Kilkenny based ‘School of Food’ is launching an internationally recognised and certified professional cookery course. The Professional Cookery programme comes as a response to the shortage of professionally qualified chefs in Ireland.

Recent figures from the Restaurant Association of Ireland reveal an urgent need for 5,000 new professional chefs each year and right now only 1,800 chefs qualify from certified culinary training programmes annually creating an immediate deficit.

One of only five chef training colleges in Ireland, the course will be delivered in a unique format combining work based learning with a three day a week college based attendance. Commencing on Monday October 5th, the 34 week programme will be open to all school leavers and culinary staff wishing to up-skill. It is a QQI Level 5 certificate course.

“We are delighted to offer this opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career as a professional chef. We have some of the best tutors available and state of the art facilities making this an exciting project.” explains Mags Morrissey, Coordinator with the School of Food.

Open since January, the School of Food is a custom developed food education and incubation centre aiming to attract professional and amateur cookery students. Located in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, the initiative operates with assistance from Kilkenny LEADER to promote the county as a food destination supporting the production and promotion of local, quality food ingredients.

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