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New chef scholarship at CIT

Thursday, 9th November, 2017 9:29am

A new scholarship was launched this week by a Cork restaurant group, in conjunction with the Department of Tourism & Hospitality at CIT.

Cork’s Market Lane Group has developed a scholarship valued at €3,000 for a culinary student to advance their studies within the department. The Market Lane Group includes Market Lane Restaurant, Orso Café, the Castle Café and Elbow Lane Brew and Smokehouse.

This year is Market Lane’s tenth in operation, and to celebrate their continued success, they are offering a CIT culinary student this opportunity to further enhance their education by contributing to the cost of their education. This is the first scholarship offered by a private enterprise within CIT’s Department of Tourism & Hospitality.

Conrad Howard, Director of Market Lane Group said: "We are delighted to strengthen our connection with CIT, who are leaders in our field and whose reputation in the hospitality industry becomes stronger with each passing year. Training, development, and innovation, is a huge part of what our company offers colleagues and we’re anxious to support students on their journey through education. We intend this to be a yearly scholarship and are very pleased to work with such a progressive department."

The scholarship is open to all final year culinary students in the Higher Certificate in Culinary Studies programme. The fees can be used for a student to advance to the Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts programme, which is a level 7 programme on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Applying for the scholarship consists of two stages. Firstly, students must complete a written component, which is titled ‘Is the Future of Irish Food Sustainable?’ along with a 10 minute presentation to a judging panel next January. Based on this, students will be shortlisted and selected to cook a designed menu within three hours to be judged by a panel of experts in February 2018.

Dr Noel Murray, Head of Department of Tourism & Hospitality at CIT said: "We are delighted to collaborate with Market Lane Group on this fantastic opportunity for a culinary student to continue their educational development."

The Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts provides students with a knowledge and understanding of kitchen technologies, the business aspects of culinary operations, product development and food entrepreneurship.

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