New chapter for food businesses

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

At the launch in the ITT of 'The Kerry Food Story' were Patricia Teahan, Head Chef at Carrig Country House, Killorglin , Tomás Hayes, Head of Local Enterprise, Kerry County Council and TJ O'Connor, Head of Section in ITT's Hotel, Culinary and Tourism Department

A NEW promotional book covering Kerry's extensive small and artisan food production sector has been published by IT Tralee and the Kerry Local Enterprise Office.

The Kerry Food Story, a 68-page book and business directory, was officially launched at IT Tralee last Thursday by the college's head of Hotel, Culinary and Tourism Department TJ O'Connor and Kerry Local Enterprise Office CEO Tomás Hayes.

The book, which contains a listing of over 150 local Kerry food and drink producers and includes specially-created recipes from eight of the top chefs in Kerry using local produce, will be given out free of charge to restaurants, cafes, shops and food production businesses across the county.

The aim of the book is to remind chefs, distributors, hotels, restaurants, retailers and local customers of the wealth of home-grown and home-produced produce that Kerry has to offer and to give them a direct way of sourcing it. "We want to give a strong and vibrant message that Kerry is open for business in relation to food and drink, and that we have some of the best producers not just in Ireland, but in the world', said TJ O'Connor.

"Kerry has a magnificent larder of ingredients on its doorstep. We want to show how some of the top chefs in Kerry, all students and former-students of the IT Tralee, use their culinary talent and expertise to showcase this produce on the plate.," he said.

The book also includes a list of cookery schools, information on farmers' markets and festivals and a directory of Kerry websites that detail everything about local food and drink in the region.

"Anyone who wants to buy more local produce and put money back into the local economy should ask for a copy," said Mr O'Connor.


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