DIT Students shine at International Culinary Competitions

Two students from the School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology in DIT have won three First Place awards at the prestigious Hotelympia Open Cookery Championships in London. Hotelympia, which took place from 19-23 February, is one of Europe's largest hospitality exhibitions. Over 1200 Culinary Artists, Chefs and Students from 16 countries took part in the competitions. According to Head of School, Dr. Aodán O Cearbhaill, "This is the best performance by DIT students in this competition to date and compares more than favourably with many of inter-national teams from much larger countries who competed in this competition."

Norma Kelly (21) from Limerick and Jennifer Lynch (23) from Dublin, both students of the BA Honours Degree in Culinary Arts were accompanied by their mentor and lecturer Mr. George Smith. Jennifer and Norma won awards in hot kitchen, buffet and pastry competitions.

A first place class win was awarded to Norma in the Junior Fish Live Competition with her dish of pan-fried turbot, vanilla mash, with a scallop, wild mushroom and bacon tartelette and an orange beurre blanc. She was class winner in the Junior Restaurant Desserts display class for two desserts comprising a wild berry mousse terrine, fruit and nut basket with a raspberry coulis and a chocolate cup filled with coffee mousse, kumquat tartelette, glazed seasonal fruit and mango sauce.

Jennifer won the very competitive Junior Show Platter of Meat display. Her entry consisted of a wild boar and vegetable terrine, and terrines of veal and lamb wrapped in bacon, and a suckling pig encased in smoked bacon, with black pudding and apricots.

"These awards indicate a high level of innovation and creativity and the ability to perform to a very high standard under testing conditions. It clearly demonstrates the very high standards that DIT students can achieve internationally and it also reflects very well on the staff of the school and in particular Mr George Smith who guided the students to this impressive performance", said Dr. O'Cearbhaill.

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