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ETB Commis Chef - Tom Flavin, Jessika Alves Da Silva, David Geoghegan, Catherine Bracken ,Paddy Daly and Nuala McLaughlin pictured at Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board’s College of Further Education and Training Hospitality Campus Commis Chef Apprenticeship Medieval Banquet Culinary Event. Picture: Brian Arthur ETB Commis Chef - Tom Flavin, Jessika Alves Da Silva, David Geoghegan, Catherine Bracken ,Paddy Daly and Nuala McLaughlin pictured at Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board’s College of Further Education and Training Hospitality Campus Commis Chef Apprenticeship Medieval Banquet Culinary Event. Picture: Brian Arthur

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ETB Commis Chef Apprenticeship Medieval Banquet proves to be one for the books!

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ETB Commis Chef  – Tom Flavin, Jessika Alves Da Silva, David Geoghegan, Catherine Bracken ,Paddy Daly and Nuala McLaughlin pictured at Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board’s College of Further Education and Training Hospitality Campus Commis Chef Apprenticeship Medieval Banquet Culinary Event. Picture:  Brian Arthur

ETB Commis Chef Apprenticeship Medieval Banquet proves to be one for the books!

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann McDonald

ETB Commis Chef Jessika Alves Da Silva and Tom Flavin. Picture: Brian Arthur

Jessika Alves Da Silva and Tom Flavin. Picture: Brian Arthur

Commis Chef apprentices from Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board’s College of Further Education and Training Hospitality Campus recently held a medieval banquet event as part of their final module out of 22 modules.

Throughout the day, the fourteen Level 6 ETB Commis Chef apprentices showcased the many skills they gained over their two years of training and the event proved to be a more than impressive display of their growing talents.

The apprentices not only organised the event but also designed the extensive 6-course menu, overseen by their instructor Chef Kieran Shaughnessy.

With the help of their mentors, and campus staff, including campus manager Bernadette Enright and mentor Chef Kieran Shaughnessy, the ETB Commis Chef apprentices transformed a warehouse space on campus into a magical medieval banquet just for the event. 

Many industry leaders from the Hospitality and Tourism industry attended the banquet, including Elaina Fitzgerald-Kane, President of the Irish Hotels Federation, Chef John Clancy, Director of the World Association of Chefs, and Chef Paddy Brady, President of the Panel of Chefs of Ireland.

Other invited guests at the event included general managers, executive chefs, and various members of the industry who were directly involved with the apprentices over the past two years as part of a special steering group. 

Also in attendance to assess the event was Pat Carey, Culinary chef trainer at KSG and External Authenticator for National Commis Chef Apprenticeship. 

Also supporting the Commis Chef Apprenticeship Medieval Banquet was the Hotel Management class under the direction of Ivan Tuohy, and Transition students from Mungret College under the direction of Liam Doherty, who were there as Customer Relation hosts and servers, making the event even more of a fantastic group effort.

While this was an amazing experience for the attending guests, it was just the beginning of the hard work for the apprentices.

They must now complete a PowerPoint presentation and various reports and assignments based on the final year assessment. These will include everything from the cost of the food to evaluations from the day, what could be improved, etc.

The College of Further Education and Training, Hospitality Campus is an EFQM European Centre of Excellence in the delivery of quality-assured Further Education and Training. 

The campus provides the highest level of culinary and hospitality training to their learners and they have also built strong relationships within the Irish hospitality industry which connects learners directly with employment opportunities.

Apprentices at the campus go on to pursue careers in a variety of exciting roles in hospitality including Chef, Front-of-House, Management, Bar Operations, Barista and much more.

Further Education and Training on offer at the campus range from entry-level to advanced, with the duration of training varying from 3 months to 2 years. Most of the training offered is on a full-time basis, with awards ranging from Levels 4 to 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

For more information on Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board go HERE 

For more stories on Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board go HERE

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