Faculty of Tourism and Food welcomes French students as part of the 'Living and Learning through Mobility' programme

A group of French students visited DIT's Faculty of Tourism and Food last week as part of the Leonardo da Vinci funded programme 'Living and Learning through Mobility'. This is an international internship initiative which aims to deepen students' professional knowledge of the culinary arts within an international context.

Front Row L to R: Patrick Keys, School of Culinary Art and Food Technology; Chantal Derouenc, Lycée Jean Quarré College, Paris; President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton and Dr Joseph Hegarty,  Head of the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology pictured with the visiting students from France

During their week long visit the students participated in the Faculty's restaurant and kitchen classes and had a chance to decide on their industrial internship, which will take place in Ireland next October. 

30 students from the BA in Culinary Arts programme will travel to Europe at Easter for a 12 week internship, 15 of whom will be placed in Paris. These students will spend a week at the Jean Quaree College in Paris for lessons in French and a general induction to Parisian life. The College will then place them in some of the best restaurants and hotels around the city. According to Patrick Keys, School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology; `The expectation is of course that the French and Irish students will help each other in terms of language, lifestyle, jobs, friendship, and social life. Students will also be placed in hotels and restaurants in Greece, Sweden, Finland, Italy, the Riviera, and Biarritz.

This international internship provides a challenging and rigourous opportunity for the students to learn through mentored work experience and to interact with culinary professionals throughout Europe.

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