Sinéad gets under the skin of Irish food culture
A Baile na nGall woman with a special interest in how food has played a part in the lives of people in West Kerry has won a prestigious bursary that will help fund her advanced college studies into Irish food culture.
Sinéad Ní Shíthigh is already a trained chef, but she feels her four-year course was mostly geared towards the practical and business side of things but didn't give a good understanding of the culture of food in Ireland.
She is now putting that to right with a two-year post-graduate course on Irish Food Culture in UCC, where her college fees are being funded by a €6,000 Ross Lewis Bursary.
She secured the bursary, which was established by the Michelin Star chef Ross Lewis from Chapter One restaurant in Dublin, by writing an essay outlining how the course would benefit her career and help her to develop her professionally.
Sinéad's interest in the food culture of West Kerry comes in part from her own family history and particularly from the fact that her grandmother was from the Great Blasket which has given her a special interest in the culture of food in the island.
The two-year course runs on a part-time basis which means Sinéad can continue her work with the Blas na hÉireann food awards in Dingle. She is now a month into the course and is happy to report that she's thoroughly enjoying it.