Taste of Success

10 Oct 2014
Dr Joseph Kerry, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, UCC, and Academic Director with Blas na hÉirenn, National Irish Food Awards and Dr Maurice O’Sullivan, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, UCC , and Sensory Scientist with Blas na hÉirenn, with chef Neven Maguire, Black Lion Restaurant, County Cavan. (photo R Sexton)

Neven Maguire was presented with an award for the most inspirational Irish Food Personality by Irish food producers at this year’s tasting sessions for the Blas na hÉireann food and drink awards in Dingle.

Dr Joseph Kerry, School of Food and Nutritional Science, has been Academic Director for the Blas na hEireann Irish National Food Awards since its formal initiation in 1998. The Blas na hEireann, Irish National Foods Awards is now a recognized standard of excellence for Irish food and beverage quality. The Food Packaging group at UCC underpins the science and technology component to the awards and the manner in which sensory assessment and sensory scoring takes place. The awards are unique globally because of the scientific approach taken in underpinning the awards. From humble beginnings, the competition has grown to national status, involves all 32 counties in Ireland, has thousands of companies competing across approximately 80 food and beverage categories and has all of the major retailers on the island taking part. It is now one of the primary food industrial networking events held on the island of Ireland each year.

The Blas na hEireann team photographed this year in the Skellig Hotel -Dingle, Co. Kerry. Included are Blas na hEireann Committee members, UCC staff and students and staff and students from the School of Food and Catering, Tralee IT. 

School of Food and Nutritional Sciences

School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Room 240 Food Science Building, University College, Cork