Award-winning Rice to go for scholarship

Jack Rice, winner of the Caraway Culinary Travel Scholarship. Photo: Alan Place

A LIMERICK graduate has been awarded a culinary scholarship that will allow him to travel and expand his culinary knowledge.

Jack Rice, a graduate of the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), was awarded the inaugural Caraway Culinary Travel Scholarship 2023.

Jack graduated from TUS with a BA in Culinary Arts following a college career that saw him win many prestigious awards including Gold in the World Skills in 2022.

The culinary travel scholarship will assist Jack in achieving his next goal of travelling to Spain to expand and develop his culinary skillset further.

Reacting to the honour, Jack said: “This scholarship has the potential to be life changing for me, allowing me to expand my understanding of food and my culinary skills even further. Without this scholarship, I would not be in a position to travel abroad to work and learn, and as a result I am really looking forward to the next chapter of my culinary career in Spain.”

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TUS Culinary Arts Graduate Jack Rice is presented with the Caraway Culinary Travel Scholarship 2023 by Joe Mulcahy, Head of Department of Sport & Early Childhood Studies.

Joe Mulcahy, head of Sport and Early Childhood Studies at TUS, said: “Scholarships like the Caraway Culinary Travel Scholarship 2023 encourage our graduates to continue learning, working, and experience new skills and techniques even after graduation. I am delighted Jack is the first recipient of this award.”

“During his time in TUS, he exhibited a real flare for food and the skills he learned here are unquestionable given his success in competition and in the kitchen of some of Ireland and the UK’s best-known restaurants.”

Culinary Arts programme leader Eithne Gavigan added: “Scholarships like this also allow us to remain connected with Jack and other students as we follow their careers and achievements. We at TUS are very proud of Jack and look forward to following his culinary journey which began in TUS and is being accelerated with the support of the the Caraway Culinary Travel Scholarship.”

The Caraway Culinary Travel Scholarship is sponsored by a County Clare benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.