Professional chef training on offer in south east

David Tucker

Published 25/08/2015 | 00:00

Mags Morrisey.
Mags Morrisey.

school leavers and culinary staff looking to upskill to become the chefs of the future are being invited to apply for a place on a new professional culinary course aimed at the south east.

The new programme for chef training has been launched by Kilkenny's 'School of Food,' a community-led food initiative which as a food education hub and will assist with tackling the crisis regarding the lack of professionally trained chefs in Ireland. There are 16 places available.

An innovative concept, 'School of Food' and its first fully certified professional cookery programme has received funding from Fáilte Ireland and LEADER.

One of only five chef training colleges in Ireland, the course will be delivered in a unique format combining work-based learning with a three day a week college-based attendance. The School of Food are seeking to encourage those interested in gaining professional cookery qualifications to take part in the 34 week QQI Level 5 certificate course. Commencing on Monday, October 5, the programme will be open to all school leavers and culinary staff wishing to up-skill.

'This course is our first to launch and it will serve as a pipeline for hotel and restaurant kitchens dedicated to food excellence,' said Mags Morrissey, Coordinator with the School of Food.

With recent figures from the Restaurant Association of Ireland revealing a need for 5,000 new professional chefs each year by 2020, the 'School of Food' programme will help enhance Ireland's growing reputation as a culinary destination. Each year, only 1,800 chefs qualify from certified culinary training programmes. For more information, visit

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