This is a one year course ideally suited to the practically oriented student. On completion of this course, students sit FETAC Examinations. Successful candidates will go on to further training in DIT or ITs. Students may also seek direct entry to the Catering Industry. Work experience forms an integral part of the course.
This is a one year full time advanced cookery course ideally suited to students who wish to expand and enhance their skills, knowledge and creativity for a career in the Catering Industry. Students have the opportunity to achieve a solid grounding in specialised areas of Culinary Techniques, Food Safety Management and Producing a Culinary Event. In addition, students will participate in work expereince at all levels of the hospitality sector leading to a higher proficiency level in Culinary Arts.
My name is Ross Farrell. I am a past pupil of Crumlin College. I originally heard about Crumlin College when I was in sixth year in Terenure College, from a teacher who suggested to me that I apply to the college so I had a backup plan in place in case my Leaving Cert exams didn't go to plan and I didn't get enough points. I studied the Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery) course whilst at Crumlin College.
The subjects on my course were very interesting. Culinary Techniques is largely about developing our skills as chefs, improving our cutting skills and learning to do more than one task at a time which can be a vital part of working in a kitchen depending on where you work. International Cuisine was one of my favorite subjects. Every week we would cook dishes from a different country; one week, we would cook Spanish food, like tapas and paella, the next week we would cook Japanese food such as sushi. It was always an interesting class.
Pastry, Baking, and Desserts was another favorite subject that included baking soda bread to making meringues, to making orange chocolate pudding and passion fruit souffles. I thoroughly enjoyed this module and feel I developed my skills a lot. We had feedback from our practical exams which was very good because by getting the feedback it helped us focus on the areas that needed improvement for the next practical exam.
Meal Service is a module based around the front of house tasks of a restaurant. Every week after Christmas, the restaurant in the college opens for the staff to come and have a meal. Our task was to run the restaurant, to meet and greet, take orders and serve plates to the table. We were in charge whilst under the watchful eye of Ruairi Kerr, who encouraged us each week to preform to our full potential. I feel this module will also stand to me because in college this year, I'll be working in the Scholars restaurant in IT Tallaght. First Aid is vital skill to have especially when working in a kitchen so it was beneficial to study it in Crumlin. If one of my colleagues cut themselves, I'd know what to do in that situation.
My lecturers, Freda and Mark, were great. They were always there to help you, if and when you needed it. Throughout the year I could always talk to Freda about the assignments. If I needed some advice or was struggling, she would always help me, even staying back after college and reading through the assignments or helping when I was typing up the assignments in the library. Freda was always willing to help in any way possible. Mark was also just as helpful and encouraging in class. If I was doing something wrong he'd let me know and he'd show me how to do it properly.
The resources in the college were good. There were computers available for student use in the library and also if a student didn't have a laptop at home, they could get a laptop from the college to use at home. Student support was excellent, Thelma, the student specific needs manager, was very helpful. I had a lot of support from her. A reader and reading facility were organised on my behalf by Thelma for the end of year exams.
Student life in Crumlin was very sociable. My group enjoyed each other's company on nights out and quite a number of us are still in contact today. When we first joined the college people were shy but as we all got to know each other and become more comfortable, we became good friends.I am currently a student at IT Tallaght studying Culinary Arts. Crumlin College gave me the basic skills I needed to work in the catering industry and has set me up to excel in the course I am currently studying. I will be forever grateful to Crumlin College and its lecturers. I would strongly recommend Crumlin College to anyone currently considering applying to the college. Don't feel uncomfortable because by the end of the year Crumlin College will feel like home. Ross Farrell, Chef, Culinary Arts Professional Cookery 2016, IT Tallaght Student