Limerick apprentices A-iming to cook up a storm

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Apprentice culinary staff Mattie Power, Louise Hannon, Javad Hasani, Bernadette Enright, course manager, Jose Mata, Daniel O'Connor, Kieran O'Shaughnessy, Davor Rapaic and Joe Leddin, Mid-West Skills

Apprentice culinary staff Mattie Power, Louise Hannon, Javad Hasani, Bernadette Enright, course manager, Jose Mata, Daniel O'Connor, Kieran O'Shaughnessy, Davor Rapaic and Joe Leddin, Mid-West Skills

A GROUP of trailblazing Limerick culinary apprentices are hoping their efforts prove to be A-okay in a national competition – and they bring home a major prize.

Nine budding chefs from across the city have enrolled on the first ever apprentice cooking programme at the hospitality and education training centre at the LEDP building in Roxboro.

As well as learning their trade in restaurant kitchens across the city, and classroom-based learning, the group have in their own time been working on a modern art sculpture.

‘A’ is for apprenticeships, and the group have been designing a six-foot tall model with their own personalised stamp on the first letter of the alphabet.

They have entered it into an ESB-backed competition which could see their creation sit proudly in the Museum of Modern Art.

Across the country, stonemasons, builders, and textile workers have been designing their own A’s with their own stamp on them.

And Limerick’s chefs are no different, with Louise Hannon, Thomondgate, who is working in the Cornstore, saying: “We sat around a boardroom table and threw in ideas based on what we work on every day. It tells a lot of stories. It’s not just a big A. People will see the different menus attached, and perhaps it will help provide some advertising for these restaurants!”

Indeed, menus relating to restaurants where the chefs work are plastered onto the A, as is cutlery, and a cooking hob in the centre.

Cutlery springs up from the head, and the designers are planning to add both a chefs hat, and a model cook before sending it to Dublin.

“Everything represents something,” Louise added, “We feel we are representing the apprentices of Limerick in this competition.”

Bernadette Enright, the manager of the hospitality centre said: “There has been great teamwork from this.”

The competition takes place on April 30.