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Farm to Fork Scholarship for CIT Culinary Students Launched by Market Lane Group

Farm to Fork Scholarship for CIT Culinary Students Launched by Market Lane Group
Cait Healy, the inaugural winner of the scholarship shows Dr Noel Murray, Head of Department of Tourism & Hospitality at CIT and Conrad Howard (left) of the Market Lane Restaurant Group around the impressive Kingston dairy farm in Maulnageragh, Clonakilty. 

While announcing the details of the annual Market Lane Group’s 2018/19 Scholarship with the Cork Institute of Technology’s (CIT) Culinary Arts Department, Cait Healy, the inaugural winner of the scholarship shows Dr Noel Murray, Head of Department of Tourism & Hospitality at CIT and Conrad Howard of the Market Lane Restaurant Group around the impressive Kingston dairy farm in Maulnageragh, Clonakilty.   Cait’s dad and uncle also farm large dairy herds in the locality. The theme of this year’s Scholarship is ‘Provenance, Partnership and Promotion; How can restaurants do a better job of promoting their key local suppliers and what are the mutual benefits of doing so?”
The fund is worth €3,000 and the successful candidate will be announced in January 2019. 
The Market Lane Group, which comprises Market Lane Restaurant, ORSO, Castle Café Blackrock and Elbow Lane Smokehouse and Brewery, has won many awards for its excellent staff training and development programmes.  Last year the group teamed up with the Department of Tourism & Hospitality at CIT to create this annual bursary to help existing culinary students fund future studies. This is the only culinary scholarship in Ireland to be offered by a restaurant group and it underlines Market Lane’s belief that working more closely with colleges and investing in student learning is key.  The group currently highlights suppliers on it’s websites and on menus but is always searching for new ways to promote local produce.  http://www.marketlane.ie/our-suppliers/
Healy used her bursary to fund her progression from a degree in Culinary Arts to the Bachelor of Business (Hons) course in Culinary Entrepreneurship at CIT.  This is with a view to ultimately realising her dream of becoming one of Ireland’s young culinary entrepreneurs. 
Says Dr Noel Murray “We are really excited about our continuing partnership with the progressive Market Lane Group and their commitment to nurturing talented and enthusiastic students like Cait.  While the hospitality industry continues to struggle with staff shortages, we believe that it is those candidates who have a good academic background as well as solid work experience who will continue to raise standards in our industry.  These professionals will also help highlight the attractiveness of a career in the hospitality sector to students and to emphasise the excellent career progression that is possible for the right candidates here in Ireland.”
Market Lane owner, Conrad Howard, says “We see it as part of our responsibility to invest in our future colleagues in industry, many of whom are the college students of today; to help them realise their talents while studying and to continue to develop those skills once they join the workforce. We are delighted to continue this initiative with CIT, which is fast achieving an international reputation for excellence.

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