Baking Buddies celebrate National Bread Week at DIT

Posted: 21 October, 2014

Last week to celebrate National Bread Week, the Irish bread industry organized a number of events to encourage young people to consider the benefits of a career in baking.  As part of the week’s activities, pupils from Rush National School were invited to join DIT students on the Bakery and Pastry Arts Management programme in the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology for a ‘Baking Buddies’ event in the professional bakery in Cathal Brugha Street.  Working together, the ‘Baking Buddies’ learned how to make a classic Irish loaf – a seasonal barm brack. 

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Morgan Doren, Principal at Rush National School said: “We were delighted when asked to be involved in National Bread Week and the children were really excited about the prospect of working with third level students.  The pupils have carried out a lot of preparatory work and were amazed to find out just how much science was involved when baking bread. Learning about all the different stages involved has really captured their attention.”

Welcoming the pupils to the event to DIT, Dr Frank Cullen, Head of School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, said he hoped that working with Baking Buddies had given the pupils from Rush National School a taster of what DIT and the baking sector can offer as well as a better understanding of bread which is definitely one of Ireland’s favourite foods.   He was also delighted that they had an opportunity to star on RTE television and on the front page of the Irish Times!

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According to the Flour, Bakers and Confectioners Association (FCBA), organisers of Ireland’s first National Bread Week, some13,000 people are currently employed by the Irish bread industry and the events of the week were designed to encourage new talent to the industry in order to maintain the excellent reputation of Irish bread.

Patrick McCloskey, president of the FCBA said: “Many students don’t realise the number of different skills used on a daily basis across the baking industry. From bakers, to product development specialists and food technologists, as well as those working in quality assurance and production, ours is an exciting and rewarding industry to work in – and we would encourage students to find out more!”

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To help raise awareness of baking as a career, the FCBA is planning to partner with the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology in DIT to re-energise interest in training and the future of the trade.

National Bread Week was supported by bakers, wholesalers and retailers across Ireland with events and promotions showcasing the quality and heritage of Ireland’s bread.

Visit www.nationalbreadweek.ie for more information about National Bread Week, recipes, and to share your bread images


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