A range of unique and innovative new food products developed by GMIT culinary arts students went on display in GMIT this week as part of their Food Product Development module and assessment.
The second-year students, who are studying towards a BA in Culinary Arts Degree, showcased a selection of ready to bake, ready to eat starters, mains and deserts, and convenience snacks, which were sampled and assessed by industry experts from Galway County & City Enterprise Board, Pallas Foods and Panel of Chefs, as well as GMIT students and staff.
Judging the products and interacting with the culinary students were Breda Fox, Galway County and City Enterprise Board, Regis Martin, Pallas Foods, Morris McCarthy, director of the Panel of Chefs, and Tony O’Kelly, GMIT Innovation in Business Centre (IiBC).
“The feedback has been very positive and constructive in this the fourth year of the Food Showcase,” said Richard Nielsen, lecturer on the Food Product Development Module, GMIT College of Tourism and Arts.
“It is wonderful to see the students develop such a wide range of great ideas based on emerging trends. The products are all of a very high standard, with two or three having great potential to go to market. After tasting one of the production products, I wished it was in the shops so I could buy it right now,” added judge Regis Martin, of Pallas Foods.