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    New Culinary Programme brings 190 aspiring new chefs to the table

    New Culinary Programme brings 190 aspiring new chefs to the table
    Recent graduates celebrate taking the first step in their new culinary careers

    Fáilte Ireland’s pilot culinary programme provides newly skilled staff for the hospitality industry

    Almost 200 aspiring chefs have successfully graduated from Fáilte Ireland’s pilot Commis Chef Programme this month and are now ready to join the tourism sector and start their culinary careers. Initiated last November, the Commis Chef Programme was designed to respond to the growing skills need identified in the hospitality sector. To date presently in excess of 95% of participants have secured jobs as an outcome of this programme.

    The practical, hands-on, competency based programme was delivered in 12 locations across the country over an 8-10 week period and provided all the skills a person would need to begin working in a professional hospitality kitchen (see note to editor for a list of participating businesses).

    The 190 successful participants can now build on their new expertise and progress on to the Culinary Apprenticeship currently in development in conjunction with the IHF and the RAI and others.

    Speaking about this first group of graduates, John Mulcahy Head of Hospitality at Fáilte Ireland said:

    “Fáilte Ireland recently developed this new Commis Chef Programme in response to a growing need within the tourism and hospitality industry. We are delighted to be able to provide this opportunity to Ireland’s next generation of aspiring chefs and we have received very encouraging feedback from both participating businesses and students.

    The cookery schools and instructors involved have also played a key role in transferring skills, and ensuring that the students find good jobs quickly, particularly as the sector prepared for St Patricks Day and Easter. I would like to congratulate each of the 190 recent graduates and wish them all the best in their future culinary careers, where the potential for success is enormous.”

    Fáilte Ireland is currently evaluating the completed pilot programme with a view to informing the development of the Culinary Apprenticeship. 

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