Future kitchen stars bring acclaim to Limerick hospitality campus

Pictured at the recent Salon Culinaire at IFEX at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast were: Head Mentor and Chef Will King; College of Further Education and Training, Hospitality Campus learners: Louise Casey, Olga Lezdina, Megan Watkins, Kate Neilon, Alicja Porowinska, Artjoms Ivanovs; Chef Instructor, Kieran Shaughnessy and Bernadette Enright, Manager, College of FET Hospitality Campus.

IT MAY not be a  Michelin star but the awards taken home by young learners and apprentices from Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board’s College of Further Education could well bode a stellar future.
The students from Training, Hospitality Campus took home multiple awards at the Salon Culinaire at IFEX, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast.
As the largest and most prestigious culinary competition in Northern Ireland, this was the perfect platform for the learners to showcase their skills under the guidance of their mentors, competing for a variety of awards.
Olga Lezdina won silver in the Senior Classes DAERA Northern Ireland Chef of the Year 2022 and earned a certificate of merit in the Chef Skills Open Class Plant Based Chef Challenge. Megan Watkins also took home silver in the Student & Junior Class IFEX Young Chef of the Year category.
A third silver medal went to Louise Casey in the Chef Skills Open Class Restaurant Innovation Dessert of the Year and Kate Neilon earned a certificate of merit in the Student & Junior Classes Student Culinarian of the Year 2022 category.
Head team mentor Chef Will King and Instructor Chef Kieran Shaughnessy, were thrilled with the team’s results.
Speaking about the awards, Bernadette Enright, Campus Manager, said: “These five awards are down to hours and hours of preparation and so much hard work and passion from our learners, under the guidance of highly-skilled instructors at the Hospitality Campus.”