Irish-French Forum and Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Training


Irish-French Forum on Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Training
Culinary Arts / Hospitality management / tourism training institutions’ network

23rd and 24th NOVEMBER 2015


Following the signing of the Campus France / Higher Education Authority agreement, French and Irish establishments have expressed interest for a further Franco-Irish cooperation in terms of student exchange, internships and trainings, in particular within the framework of the Erasmus+ scheme.




DIT Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 1
9.00 am French participants : coffee and registration   French participants: Boardroom Booked between (9 -12am)



 Kathleen O’Sullivan Theatre; KOS

9.30 am French participants : Opening address by H.E Jean-Pierre Thébault, (TBC) Ambassador of France to Ireland Irish participants : coffee and registration
10.00 am Opening

Opening address by:

– John O’Connor – Dean and Director of Art and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology (10 min)

– H.E Jean-Pierre Thébault  – Ambassador of France to Ireland (TBC)  (10 min)

– Gerry O’Sullivan, Head of International Programme – Higher Education Authority (10 min)

10.30 am Introduction to Irish culinary arts, hospitality management and tourism training system

– For the IoTs: Ciarán ó hAnnracháin , Head of Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts,

School of Tourism (Letterkenny Institute of Technology)

– For Dublin Institute of Technology: Frank Cullen, Head of Culinary Arts and Food Technology

For vocational training / VECTEC: [Speaker]

11.00 am Break
11.15 am Introduction to French hospitality management, culinary arts and tourism training system

for university training: [Speaker]

– For BTS training : Jérôme Gercet, Deputy Head of the Savoie-Léman Hotel School

11.45 am Networking

Meeting between schools : 5×10 minutes per participant

12.45 pm Lunch break Blueroom Restaurant
2.15 pm “European funding for culinary arts / hospitality management / tourism training”

Gerry O’Sullivan, Head of International Programme (20 mins)

“Enhancing education using a framework for internship”

Frank Cullen, Dublin Institute of Technology (20mins) “The Erasmus+ scheme”




3.00 pm Visit & exchanges with the Dublin Institute of Technology
3.30 pm Free time  
5.30 pm Seminar on The Tree of Knowledge: Growth Through Cooking

Keynote Speech: Molecular Gastronomy and Note by Note Cooking, A Story of Science and Cooking for The Future

Dr. Hervé This, Director of the International Centre for Molecular Gastronomy AgroParisTech-INRA

Other speakers

o   Marc de Ferrière le Vayer (Chaire Unesco Tours) : “Food as a culture”

o   Prof. Stephen Mennell (UCD/RIA) : “All manners of food”

o   Dr Mairtin Mc ConIomaire (DIT): “The influence of French Haute Cuisine on the development of Dublin Restaurants”

Registration essential

BL259 Michael O’Donnell Theatre; BL259 Conference Room, DIT Bolton Street, D1


DIT Cathal Brugha Street (D1)  / (CBS)


9.00 am Coffee and registration Blueroom Restaurant (9am – 12.30)
9.30 am Round-table (25 min)

“Franco-Irish outlooks on hospitality management / culinary arts and tourism“

With FR & IE professional associations

Networking (25 min)

10.20am Break
10.35 am Round-table (25 min)

“Restaurants: which training needs?”

With restaurants

Networking (25 min)

11.25am  The Erasmus Mundus European Masters “Food Innovation and Product Design (FIPDes)” bringing together DIT and AgroParisTech on a joint  Education Programme

Dr.Roisin Burke, DIT and Dr.Hervé This, AgroParisTech-INRA

  12.25pm – 1.45pm Lunch break Green Room Restaurant, CBS


Tour of Grangegorman Bus leaves CBS for Grangegorman
3.00 pm Workshop “Ph.D Research in Molecular Gastronomy

Dr. Hervé This, Director of the International Centre for Molecular Gastronomy AgroParisTech-INRA

Dr Roisin Burke

Registration essential


Chapel, Grangegorman

5.00 pm Closing Speaker (TBC)  / Wine farewell reception



Embassy of France in Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology, Higher Education Authority, CampusFrance



Royal Irish Academy, French and Irish schools, EuroToques, Irish associations (Restaurant Association of Ireland…), Panel of Chefs, French hospitality management and tourism schools network, European Association of Hospitality Management and Tourism schools


Dublin Institute of Technology:

  • DIT Cathal Brugha St, Dublin 1 (Monday 23rd and morning of Tuesday 24th)
  • DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1 (Monday 23rd evening conference)
  • DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7 (Tuesday 24th afternoon)

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