A small village in county Mayo is filling a shortage in the current national job market by training chefs for the catering industry.
The Mayo Abbey Cookery School is supplying highly skilled individuals to the culinary industry.
Over the last 8 years, the school, located in the Mayo Abbey Resource Centre, has trained students on level 4 and 5 professional cookery programmes.
Ireland’s chef shortage has been flagged in recent years by the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI), as the demand for chefs in Ireland is considerable and continues to rise.
Ann Marie Heneghan is the co-ordinator of the Professional Cookery Programme in Mayo Abbey and she told Midwest News that the majority of their graduates progress either directly into a job or go on to further studies in the catering sector.