Irish compete at Culinary Ability Awards 2010
Six Irish participants are being hailed as quality favourites for the top prize at this year's Culinary Ability Awards in London.
16 March 2010
Ballinteer local Anthony Lavelle competed at the prestigious Culinary Ability Awards in London where individuals with a disability had the opportunity to cook and present their food at an international level.
Anthony is a huge success story having already won the Gold Medal in the 2007 Culinary Ability Awards. Part of his prize included a three month job placement with Compass Catering at Microsoft in Sandyford. Three years later, Anthony is still an intrinsic part of the highly successful team, proving that the awards can be the first step on the road to success.
Anthony along with five other Irish competitors are being hailed as the quality favourites for the big prize this year, as they are being sponsored by Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA), the company who are the guardians of the Q Mark for Quality systems. The six Irish competitors will compete at the event and demonstrate their remarkable skills and talents to potential employers in an international arena.
Founded by international chef, Chris Sandford, the Culinary Ability Awards take place every two years and alternates between Dublin, Belfast and London. Anthony is excited about the prospect of competing again. He said: “It has been fantastic! I feel like I am living the dream and I am really looking forward to going to London and doing it all again”.
This is the first year of the EIQA’s sponsorship of the Culinary ABILITY Awards. The EIQA is dedicated to the Q mark which promotes quality and excellence in Ireland and recently announced the ABLE award or ‘Q Mark for Accessibility’ which is aimed at ensuring an inclusive environment for all staff and customers with disabilities.