Sodexo Ireland recently sponsored the National Restaurant Service and Cookery categories in the National Skills Final, held at Ireland Skills Live in the RDS, Dublin, from 21st - 23rd March 2019.
The event was also attended by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
Several of the winners will be competing at the World Skills Olympics in Russia later this year. In the National Restaurant Service category, over the course of three days, third level student competitors demonstrated their front of house skills in gueridon service, silver service, cocktail making and flambé to guests and judges in a restaurant setting.
The dishes were prepared by Sodexo’s chef team of Sinead Moore, craft development chef,; Philip Leech, executive chef for Sodexo at Central Bank; and Ciaran Kelly, group chef for Sodexo at Ervia. The winner was Ruairi Grealish from the Shannon College of Hotel Management in Clare.
In the Cookery category, competitors demonstrated their skill in performing multiple culinary tasks across a spectrum of disciplines and the winner was Aisling Delaney of IT Tralee.
Sodexo country president Margot Slattery took to the Heroes Stage on Friday 22nd March for the Cooking Up A Storm session, to speak about her career and to promote the diversity and rewards of a life in the hospitality industry.
Margot Slattery said: “Hospitality in all its forms is the lynchpin of how we are going to grow as a country. However, there is a shortage of chefs and other culinary professionals right now that must be addressed. The hospitality industry is the fuel for the engine of our economy, so we must encourage young people to come into the industry and support them.”
Julianne Forrestal, executive development chef, Sodexo Ireland, said: “Skills Live was an ideal showcase to highlight the support in terms of training and further education that Sodexo offers prospective employees setting out on their careers.”
Sodexo also had a recruitment stand where Jolanta Binkowska, human resources advisor, and Ciaran Finnegan, employee relations and industrial relations advisor, were available to chat and advise students interested in a career in catering, front of house and facilities management with the company.