The great and the good of the Irish foodservice industry made their way to Citywest Event Centre today (11th Feb) for one of the biggest industry gatherings of the year FOOD & BEV LIVE 2014.
In a hall brimming with the buzz of networking and new business there was also the excitement of a selection of national Irish skills competitions to behold, with the anxious finalists at last getting their chance at the much sought after titles
Open to all bartenders working in Ireland, the National Cocktail competition was staged by the Bartenders Association of Ireland (BAI) (sponsored by Edward Dillon & Co. Ltd). The winner Eddie Rudzinskas was crowned National Cocktail Champion 2014 and will represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Competition in Capetown, South Africa 29th Sept - 4th Oct 2014.
On the chefs side, renowned chef Derry Clarke resided over the very first “Sodexo Challenge @ F&B Live”. For the event, Sodexo Ireland commissioned Derry Clarke, to set a culinary challenge for selected members of the company’s 500-strong chef team called the Sodexo Chefs Challenge. The challenge gold medal winner was David Fountain.
Sean Martin, Chief Executive of IFSA said...
“We’re absolutely thrilled with the turnout today. There was a sense of optimism among the exhibitors and visitors. IFSA staged Food & Bev Live with a view to help stimulate our market and we have achieved that here today. We are also delighted to host so many National Skills Finals - Good luck to all our winners".