February 22, 2024

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Students from SETU’s Culinary Arts programme to compete at Culinary Olympics in Germany

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Two students from South East Technological University’s (SETU) BA (Honours) in Culinary Arts programme are set to compete at the IKA/Culinary Olympics as part of the Irish national junior culinary team.

The IKA/Culinary Olympics is the oldest, largest, and most diverse international culinary arts competition in the world. In its 125th year, the competition will be held in Stuttgart, Germany from Friday 2nd to Wednesday 7th February. 

The Panel of Chefs of Ireland is participating in this year’s event, with senior and junior national culinary teams competing amongst 1,800 participants from 67 nations.

SETU students, Jessica Beckley, from Wexford, and Callum Priest, from Dunmore East, Co Waterford, will take their place on the Irish national junior culinary team.

Dr Suzanne Denieffe, Head of School of Humanities at SETU, commented on the news.

‘SETU has a long and proud history of culinary and hospitality education, with programmes at higher certificate and honours degree level. These programmes have taken our students’ careers to the very highest levels, nationally and internationally.’

‘We are delighted that two of our BA (Honours) in Culinary Arts students, Jessica Beckley (Year 2), and Callum Priest, (Year 4), are taking part in the Culinary Olympics. We wish them the very best of luck.’

Culinary Lecturer Norbert Thul will be travelling with the team as the logistics manager.

Dr Don O’Neill, Head of Department of Humanities, stated ‘We are very grateful to our expert staff who have spent many hours preparing and supporting our students for this important global event. We would particularly like to thank Chef Norbert Thul, Team Lead, for his dedication to our students.’

Ahead of the competition, the School of Humanities at SETU’s Cork Road Campus in Waterford hosted a preparation lunch for the junior Irish culinary team on Tuesday 23rd January. 

The junior team prepared a three-course lunch under strict competition rules and guidelines for 70 guests. The event was the final opportunity for the team to practice their dishes before they travel to Germany. 

The competition menu included maple-glazed butternut squash fondant, avocado mousse, squash and cardamom puree, dukkha, cashew sable, pickled vegetables, and basil oil. The main course consisted of roast pork fillet, with burnt leek, carrot, potato galette, belly croquette, choux farci, pork, and cider jus. While dessert was a beautiful pistachio tart with passion fruit curd, coconut mousse, cassis doughnut, and blueberry sorbet. 

This event was sponsored by, SETU, Keeling’s, Widger Butchers, and many more local businesses, who have made generous contributions towards the fundraising event in support of the junior team.

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