• Chef Training opportunities - CULINARY NUTRITION & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

    Dear Chefs & Employers

    Due to cancellation we have space available on each of these exciting modules in IT Tallaght with immediate start. 

    Full info on the courses can be found below. 

    Place will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You will need to pay a €100 deposit to secure your place on the course. 

    In order to book, please email providing:

    Full Name:

    Place of Work & Work Address:

    Job Title/Position:

    Then, call our office on 01 8460020 immediately to provide credit card payment to secure your place on the course.

    Please note – this deposit payment will be refunded once you are fully registered and full course payment is made. Therefore, you can arrange for your employer to pay the course fees directly where applicable. Full fees due prior to commencement.

    NOTE: Class 1 has taken place. But students commencing on Wed 31st Jan will be updated on content covered and course work. 

    Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.



    DETAILS: 5 Credit Module – QQI Level 6


    This module will provide the learner with the ability to apply with confidence, their nutrition and culinary knowledge, to the design, development and marketing of innovative recipes and menus that meet the needs of health conscious customers.

    Content to include: Influence of eating habits on the diet; Health and wellness food trends ;Culinary Techniques for Health and Wellness; Recipes and menus for health and wellness;• Marketing dishes and menus for health and wellness


    Pre-requisite: Culinary knowledge and skills; Basic nutrition knowledge (food nutrients and special diets)


    DURATION:    One Semester                    

    CONTACT HOURS:  4 hours ( 1 hour theory, 3 hours practical- Times TBC, provisionally Wed 12-1, Wed2-5pm)


    START DATE: Wednesday 24th January

    END DATE: Wednesday 25th April

    ASSESSMENT: 100% Continuous Assessment ( projects, showcase, reflective diary )


    FEES: Fees are subsidised by the Chef Network Skillnet for eligible members (Chefs who are Business owners/Sole Traders or Employees)

    Subsidised Course Fee: €315 – This fee includes Exam fee & Certification

    Booking & payment through Chef Network


    Further info at




    DETAILS: Practical Module only - 5 Credit Module


    In  semester 1, students currently on this programme studied the theory of product development. This current semester ( January 2018- April 2018) looks at the practical practical procedures associated with food product development  where students will have to  develop, test, produce and package and showcase an innovative food product of their design.


    DURATION:              One Semester                          

    CONTACT HOURS:  4 hours practical (times TBC provisionally Wednesday 8am-12pm)


    START DATE: Wednesday 24th January

    END DATE: Wednesday 25th April


    Suggested prior knowledge: (though not essential) applied culinary science


    FEES: Fees are subsidised by the Chef Network Skillnet for eligible members (Chefs who are Business owners/Sole Traders or Employees)

    Subsidised Course Fee: €205 – This fee is for the module only. No exam/certification applies.

    Booking & payment through


    Further info at

    Ruth Hegarty
    Head of Community
    Chef Network
  • Chef Network is recruiting.......... DIGITAL & COMMUNITY MANAGER

    We have an exciting opportunity for a key new role in Chef Network as DIGITAL & COMMUNITY MANAGER.

    Creating great content and engaging our community, as well as successfully marketing our activities and helping to grow our membership, the position will be pivotal to the future growth and development of Chef Network.

    Do you have the right ingredients? Are you up for an creative and exciting challenge?
    Check out full job spec at the link.
    Closing Date for Applications: 2 Feb.
  • Support Chef Network's Chef Training Plan

    If you are a Proprietor or Exec/Head Chef/Manager - or you can talk to yours about this - we need your support for our training plan.

    Chef Network has already started delivering educational events for chefs, but  WE WANT TO DO MUCH MORE.

    Next year, we plan to roll out regular training events all across the country that will focus on 3 key areas:

    - up-skiling senior chefs and training the future head chefs, focussing on people management, team building, training the trainers, leadership and mentoring skills etc, as well as promoting Workplace wellness and cultural change

    - menu planning, cost management, and waste reduction, kitchen design, restaurant operations and digital marketing; helping chefs to manage kitchens and own their own business.

    - focussed skills gaps and skills updating in areas such as Pastry, Fish & Meat skills, and practical education on new techniques and current trends; things like Sourdough Bread, Preserving techniques, sous vide cooking, seasonal vegetable & herbs (growing & cooking), plating techniques etc.

    Our training will be innovative and
     industry-led, peer-led 
    tailored to chefs and to the needs of the industry
    will prioritise career progression and continued professional development, not entry level training
    focus on training current and future senior & management chefs who can in turn provide better education and training to their staff. 
    delivered in ways that suit industry (eg. 1 day courses) 
    include peer education and networking elements. 

    We are applying for funding to support the delivery of this training for the industry - THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN!
    While we have 2800+ chefs signed up to Chef Network, the support for the funding application needs to come from companies, rather than individual chefs. It doesn't matter what size the company is, even if you are a 1 chef catering company, a restaurant with 3 chefs, or a business with hundreds of employees, you can be help make this happen and be part of it.
    If we are successful in getting the funding, we will be able to deliver subsidised training to chefs who are part of our network (we may need to look at membership fees for being part of the training network, but they will be modest).

    WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU is a LETTER OF SUPPORT confirming your interest in being part of the training network and sending your staff (or yourself!) on training.

    If you are a proprietor or senior manager (Exec Chef/Head Chef) and you support our plans and are interested in the opportunity for you and your team to take part in this training, please send us a LETTER OF COMMITMENT either by:

    1. COPYING the text below into the body of an email, completing the details requested and emailing to
    2. Putting the text on a letter, adding your logo or putting on headed paper,and sending as an attachment to

    Add/amend wording to the letter if you wish to express your support,

    If you are not authorised to send this yourself, we would greatly appreciate you bringing this to the attention of the right person within your business.

    And feel free to send us any questions you may have.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.




    4, Block A, Broomfield Business Park,



    Co. Dublin

    Letter of commitment

    I wish to confirm that it is our intention to be a part of the CHEF NETWORK Skillnet and commit the necessary financial resources towards membership of the network and training participation. I also commit to release the relevant staff of our organisation to participate in the training programmes organised by the network.



    Position in Company:


    Total Employees:

    No. of Chefs Employed:



    Ruth Hegarty
    Head of Community
    Chef Network