The UCC Artisan Food Symposium due to take place on Friday 26th of June will feature a fantastic line-up of speakers as well as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes TD who will be dicussing the explosion in popularity of Irish food brands. UCC's Diploma in Specialty Food Production is a partnership between the college and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Congratulating UCC and its partners in developing the Diploma, Minister Hayes said: “The Artisan Food Symposium is a great way to take stock of what has been achieved and to address issues of importance to the speciality food sector. Food Harvest 2020 identified the need to support artisan entrepreneurship, collaboration, regional food strengths and skills. The Diploma has played a key role in equipping 161 students with skills to establish food businesses which add a further dimension to the Irish food story.”
“Their achievements are a credit to the Food Industry Training Unit, whose team drive themselves and their students to excel in all they do and to the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.“
Other speakers on the day include; Dermot Hanley, founder of Nüsli; Darina Allen, owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School; Philip O'Connor of Seymour Irish Biscuits; Norma Dinneen of Bó Rua Farm; Peter Randall, owner of Ayle Foods; Colin Greensmith, Development Chef at Pallas Foods in Limerck; Eilieen McClure, co-owner of Kitchen Incubators Kerry and Killarney Toffee; Eileen Bentley, Entrepreneurship Manager at Bord Bia, and Paul Ward, manager of Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s Seafood Development Centre.
“UCC has a major commitment to education, research and continuing professional development in Food Science and Technology and Food Business and we are delighted to host this flagship Artisan Food Symposium, which will address issues of importance to the speciality food sector,” commented Professor Paul Ross, Head, College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, UCC.
“I wish to acknowledge our grateful appreciation for the support that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine gives to our Diploma students,” he added.
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