DIT Culinary Arts student awarded prestigious place on Spanish Gastronomy Training Programme

02 May 2014:       A DIT Culinary Arts  student has once again claimed a place on the prestigious Culinary Ambassadorship programme in Spain.  Ciaran Doyle, a 4th year student on DIT’s BA in Culinary Arts programme, is one of only twelve young chefs from around the world who have been chosen to participate on the 7th edition of the renowned programme. The programme seeks to introduce young chefs from all over the world to the wide variety and quality of Spanish cuisine and gastronomic products, with the goal of increasing international interest and demand for Spanish food products and wines.  This prestigious programme began in 2007 and has already trained approximately 100 international chefs and serves as a reference point for Spanish culinary creativity and state of the art techniques.

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From left to right on photo Dr Frank Cullen Head of School,  Javier Moral Escudero Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Spanish Embassy, Students Ciarán Doyle and Julie-Ann Finan, Professor Brian Norton President of DIT and Sara Crespo Garcia, Marketing Director, Spanish Embassy.

Ciaran will now go on to join the other young chefs selected in June when they officially start the training programme.  The first stage will be a 6 week course in the Spanish language and Spanish gastronomy in Valladolid.  They will then undertake a 13-week internship at a top restaurant in Spain, followed by a 2 weeks’ travel around Spain to gain a deeper insight into Spanish gastronomy, products and culture in different regions.  The program will conclude with the 6th International Tapas Competition, which is set to take place on 3rd November.  An International jury of renowned chefs and experts will select the three best tapas from those presented by the 12 participants.

Wishing Ciaran every success, Dr. Frank Cullen, Head of the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, said “To be selected as one of just 12 young chefs from around the world is a great achievement for Ciarán and we are very proud of him.  Last year, Julie-Ann Finan, a student on the BSc in Culinary Entrepreneurship in DIT, was selected for the 6th edition of the Programme and returned with a great love and understanding of Spanish gastronomy and language.  This is a great opportunity for any enterprising young chef and I know Ciarán will make the most of it.”

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