Taste The Atlantic Young Chef Ambassador Programme

Introducing the Taste the Atlantic Young Chef Programme, from BIM and Chef Network

Nominate your young chefs to go on this exciting seafood journey.

Closing date 11th JUNE 

Chef Network is committed to bringing chefs together with our food producers to support them and ensure we bring the best quality produce to the plate. Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way boasts an incredible array of seafood producers all the way along its coast. BIM, along with Failte Ireland, has developed the Taste the Atlantic programme to create a network of these producers, connecting then with local food businesses, and promoting not only their product but also the food tourism potential it presents.

We are inviting industry chefs and educators to nominate ambitious young chefs who are passionate about Irish seafood and promoting its use. Delivered by BIM & Chef Network, the Taste the Atlantic Young Chef Ambassador Programme will team up 4 chefs aged 18-24 with Taste the Atlantic seafood businesses for a programme of learning, collaboration and promotion from June to September 2021.

This is a chance for a group of young chefs to build their professional network, learn a broad range of skills, from digital to culinary, gain new knowledge working with a master fishmonger and artisan food producers, showcase their culinary creativity, and build their own profile, as they go on the Taste the Atlantic Seafood Journey.


Over the 3-month (approx.) period of the programme the young chefs will:

Benefit from Mentoring & Learning on*:

  •  Seafood production and aquaculture along the Wild Atlantic Way: spending time with the seafood producers (mussels, oysters, salmon), discovering the entire production process;
  • Fish skills: a hands-on workshop with master fishmonger Hal Dawson learning in-depths skills on fish species, quality, handling and storage, filleting and prep;
  • Seafood Cookery: one day of culinary mentoring with Chef JP McMahon at Michelin starred Aniar Restaurant in Galway.
  • Social Media Training: social media skills workshop (online) with Food PR + Food Social.


Support Taste the Atlantic Producers and Inspire other chefs through:

  • Creating content (imagery, videos, written) to share on your social media and on www.chefnetwork.ie to document your journey, to promote the Taste the Atlantic Producers, and to inspire and pass on your learning to other chefs and seafood producers.
  • Collaborating with producers to create recipes/dishes with their product (which they can feature on their website, promotions etc) and advise/inspire them around culinary uses of their product, accompaniments, flavours etc
  • Collaborating to collectively create a Taste the Atlantic Menu with your recipes.
  • Delivering a live cookery demonstration of the recipes created (at a live event, to be confirmed, or online).
  • Becoming champions of your producers and Taste the Atlantic.

Closing date 11th JUNE 



  • Candidates must be professional/trainee chefs aged 18-24 years resident in the Republic of Ireland
  • Candidates should have some social media presence and be willing to use their social media platforms to record the activity of the programme and promote what they learn throughout the programme.
  • Candidates must be prepared to commit 8 days over 3 months (July – September 2021) towards active programme days (and potential additional time for social media activity etc.). Please be conscious, if you are working in industry, that this may require giving up some of your days off to participate in the programme. However, you will benefit from significant learning and training opportunities.
  • Candidates must be willing to commit to and fully participate in the activities of the programme. You will need to be willing and able to take part in activities which may include boarding boats, visiting shorelines, participating in physical tasks on aquaculture farms and facilities, working in a kitchen, giving a cookery demonstration.
  • Candidates must have access to their own transport. Participation will include travel to areas that are not easily accessed by public transport.

Selected ambassadors will:

  • Have travel covered and lunch provided for on-site mentoring and learning days (estimated 3 days). Where accommodation is required it will be booked for you and cost will be covered.
  • Be paid (in arrears) per diem of €147 for on-site collaboration/working days with producers (2 days).





Step 1 – Nomination - Closing date 11th JUNE 
Candidates may be nominated by an education or industry mentor
(ie someone who has experience of teaching, training or working with them in a management role, for example: head of department or lecturer from college, employer or head chef from industry).  
Step 2 – 2nd round application
All nominated candidates will be asked to complete a short submission form and set-up their profile on www.chefnetwork.ie (if you are not already a member of Chef Network, you will need to join to be part of the programme. It’s free and just take a couple of minutes to sign up). 
Candidates may be shortlisted on the basis of this submission
Step 3 – Online Interview
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in a short online interview
Step 4 – Selection
4 candidates will be selected to take part in the Taste the Atlantic Young Chef Ambassador Programme 2021


*Programme will be subject to current Public Health advice. Elements may be rescheduled, adapted or cancelled depending on public health advice at the time. All dates are subject to change.

Due to the potential for travel restrictions, candidates must be resident in the Republic of Ireland and must have access to their own transport in order to travel to programme activities (which will take place primarily in locations along the West Coast).

Taste the Atlantic is a joint initiative of Failte Ireland and BIM


This programme is being supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)