Cork’s Market Lane Group has developed a scholarship valued at €3,000 for a culinary student, to advance their studies within the Department of Tourism & Hospitality at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).

This year is Market Lane’s 10th year in operation, and to celebrate the group is offering a CIT culinary student the scholarship to help contribute to the overall cost of their education.

This is the first scholarship offered by a private enterprise within CIT’s Department of Tourism & Hospitality. The Market Lane Group comprises some of Cork’s most notable restaurants including Market Lane Restaurant, Orso Café, the Castle Café and Elbow Lane Brew and Smokehouse.

The scholarship is open to all final year culinary students in the Higher Certificate in Culinary Studies programme. The fees can be used for a student to advance to the Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts programme.

Applying for the scholarship consists of two stages; firstly students must complete a written component, which is titled ‘Is the Future of Irish Food Sustainable?’ along with a 10 minute presentation to a judging panel in January 2018. Based on this, students will be shortlisted and selected to cook a designed menu within three hours to be judged by a panel of experts in February 2018.

The Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts provides students with a knowledge and understanding of kitchen technologies, the business aspects of culinary operations, product development and food entrepreneurship. Advanced culinary technical studies are combined with a wide range of learning opportunities, designed to develop the students’ innovative, artistic and managerial capabilities. This is a part time programme, which runs one day per week, over two years, which develops higher technical and artistic skill and knowledge amongst professional chefs who can study whilst also working in the industry.

The Department of Tourism and Hospitality at CIT encompasses the areas of culinary, tourism, hospitality and beverage management. It has over 650 students and a team of student-centred industry experienced lecturers.

Conrad Howard, Director of Market Lane Group, said: “We are delighted to strengthen our connection with CIT who are leaders in our field and whose reputation in the hospitality industry becomes stronger with each passing year. Training, development, and innovation, is a huge part of what our company offers colleagues and we’re anxious to support students on their journey through education. We intend this to be a yearly scholarship and are very pleased to work with such a progressive department.”

Dr. Noel Murray, Head of Department of Tourism & Hospitality at CIT, said: “I’m delighted that Market Lane are marking their 10th year anniversary with this initiative by recognising the value of formal education for the hospitality industry. I have no doubt that their business success will go from strength to strength in the future.”

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