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Significant investment to support future chefs of Ireland

  • €250,000 investment to develop state-of-the-art training restaurant for DIT Grangegorman campus
  • Eight €3,000 scholarships to be awarded annually to Culinary Arts students

Pictured is Prof Brian Norton, President of DIT, Michelle Fennell, Marketing Director of Musgrave Wholesale Partners, and Dr Frank Cullen, DIT Head of School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology at the launch of the Musgrave MarketPlace Culinary Arts Support Programme with DIT.

Musgrave MarketPlace, Ireland’s leading wholesale supplier to retail, foodservice and SME businesses today announced a €250,000 culinary arts support programme with DIT Grangegorman that will see the development of a new training restaurant and annual scholarship fund for the college’s School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology. The programme is part of Musgrave MarketPlace’s ongoing commitment to supporting the development of the Irish food sector and investing in up-and-coming chefs and future leaders of the food industry.

The Musgrave MarketPlace training restaurant will serve as a state-of–the-art teaching space in the heart of the new DIT campus at Grangegorman. The restaurant will provide training facilities for over 800 students from 11 different full and part-time programmes within the DIT School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology, as well as the wider student population in hospitality and tourism studies.

The wholesaler has also launched a new scholarship fund for Culinary Arts students at DIT which will support eight high achievers studying for a Bachelor of Culinary Arts honours degrees and Bachelor of Culinary Entrepreneurship honours degrees. Each Musgrave MarketPlace scholarship is valued at €3,000 and the first group of scholarship recipients was announced in November 2016. The scholarships will be funded on an annual basis as part of the wholesaler’s focus on the development of food leadership and investment in the future of the Irish food sector.

Commenting on the announcement, Michelle Fennell, Marketing Director of Musgrave MarketPlace, said, “We are delighted to launch this programme with DIT. Supporting the future influencers and leaders of the Irish food sector is hugely important for us and for the continued development of the industry. The School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology produces top class culinary graduates every year and I hope the new training restaurant will become a hub for educational excellence with significant impact on the food industry in Ireland.

President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, added, “This generous commitment by Musgrave MarketPlace represents a real contribution to Irish higher education and will assist DIT in delivering on its campus development. We have no doubt that the Musgrave MarketPlace restaurant will become a key teaching space, establishing a strong focus on skills and innovation for the food sector. In addition to this the Musgrave Scholarships in Culinary Arts will be of great benefit to DIT students and recognising excellence and commitment in the field of culinary arts.

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