LYIT Student wins a place on Spanish Gastronomy and Tapas Training Programme in Vallidolid, Spain.

Patrick Brady, a Donegal Town student currently on the BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts at the LYIT School of Tourism has won a coveted place on the 9th Spanish Gastronomy and Tapas Training Programme for 2016.  This global competition, offered through Spain’s Embassies, is open to students worldwide and selects only 12 students to engage in a programme of study, gastronomy visits and placements based in Valladolid, Spain from June to November.  The value of this scholarship is €12,000.

Spanish gastronomy VallidolidICEX Spain Trade and investment is a Spanish Government entity responsible for the promotion and internationalisation of Spanish Companies and Spain’s image abroad through the promotion of Spanish gastronomy.  The international reputation of Spanish cuisine and interest of foreign professionals in learning its techniques and recipes has led ICEX to create this training programme, which is aimed at young professionals and is currently offered through the International School of Culinary Arts of Vallidolid. 

This year the group are made up of one participant each from Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Mexico and Singapore; two each from China and South Korea, and three from the USA. 

During his time in Spain, Patrick will undertake 6 weeks of education and training, followed by 13 weeks of internship in a Spanish hotel or restaurant, and will complete the programme with a two-week tour of Spain’s food and drink producers.

Speaking at the announcement, Ciaran Ó hAnnracháin, Head of Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, and Patrick’s mentor for the application process expressed delight at Patrick’s success.

“Once again, a student from the School of Tourism, Killybegs, have proven that they can compete with the best in the world.  This is a great achievement and a testament to the education and training offered here in Killybegs.  We are delighted that Patrick has come through the arduous competition to gain a place on this programme, and I would like to thank the staff of the School and the staff of the Spanish Embassy in Dublin in facilitating our application.”

Patrick will enjoy a few weeks of relaxation after his final exams in May, and be refreshed and ready for this new challenge when he departs for Spain in early June.

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:41:00 BST


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