MTU Tourism & Hospitality Department competing in culinary arts

Thursday, October 20, 2022.
MTU Tourism & Hospitality Department competing in culinary arts

MTU Tourism & Hospitality Department

The annual European Association of Hotel & Tourism Schools (AEHT) competition takes place in Senigallia, Italy this week. Team Ireland have had numerous successes in recent years when competing with the best and brightest students from Hotel and Tourism Schools across Europe. This is a great opportunity for students to be recognised at the highest level on the International stage.

The annual Conference is the AEHT’s flagship event and is held once a year in a different country; the programme includes meetings of the Presidium, the Executive Board, and the General Assembly, as well as a series of competitions, which enable students to compete with each other in a variety of disciplines. This year’s conference will take place in the Italian city of Senigallia and provides an opportunity for a rich exchange of socio-cultural knowledge, of teaching materials and of professional knowledge and skills, as well as for the promotion of hotel and tourism training in Europe. Ten competitions take place during this year’s conference in the areas of pastry, culinary arts, decathlon, restaurant service, wine service, cocktail, barista, front office, tourism destination and hospitality management. 

MTU Tourism & Hospitality Department competing in culinary arts

Speaking about the competition, Dr Noel Murray, Head of Department of Tourism & Hospitality (MTU) and AEHT National Representative for Ireland saidI couldn’t be prouder of how our students have prepared for this prestigious event. Competing at any level is difficult, but to preform on the international stage speaks wonders to the character and skill levels of these students.

This year Team Ireland is comprised of students from Munster Technological University (MTU), Cork, and Technological University of the Shannon, Midlands Midwest (TÚS), Athlone. MTU will be represented by two students, Katie Burke, Gurranabraher, Co. Cork who is studying a Bachelor of Business in Tourism Management who will compete in the Tourist Destination competition and Jayne O Sullivan, Ballymacoda, Co. Cork who is studying a Bachelor of Business in Culinary Arts and will compete in the Pastry competition. Katie works part time in the Maldron Hotel, Shandon Cork city and Jayne works part time in Surf & Turf Restaurant in the East Cork Golf Club.

MTU Tourism & Hospitality Department competing in culinary arts

The students were trained by Culinary Lecturer, Ann O’ Connor and Hospitality Management Lecturer, Breda Hickey. The competition is funded through Erasmus + and the Department of Tourism & Hospitality.

TÚS will be represented by Chelsea Devine, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon who is a student on the BA Culinary Entrepreneurship programme, and works part time in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel. Chelsea is competing in the pastry competition. Luke Ryan, Birr, Co. Offaly, is a student on the BA Culinary Arts programme, and has recently returned from working in the south of France for the summer. Luke is competing in the culinary arts competition. The students from Athlone will be accompanied by Mr Kevin Ward, Culinary Arts lecturer. Head of Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Studies at Tús, Dr Anthony Johnston said “In Ireland we are lucky to have some of the best and brightest students in the tourism, hospitality and culinary domain who have always performed admirably in International competitions. We know that Chelsea, Luke, Katie & Jayne will do their Universities proud in these competitions

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