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Thursday, 5th July 2018

Exciting new catering programme at Boomerang

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Too many cooks - Lorna Breen of Relish Cafés and Restaurants threatens to brain Barry Carter from the Westcourt Hotel during a photo shoot yesterday to launch the new Carnegie Catering Programme at Boomerang Youth Service and Café. Photo: Andy Spearman.

It wasn’t quite daggers drawn but a wok was raised (try saying that with a lisp!) yesterday at the launch of a new catering programme at the Drogheda Boomerang Club.

It was all in jest though as two of the programme’s sponsors, Barry Carter from the Westcourt Hotel and Lorna Breen of Relish Cafés and Restaurants fooled around for the cameras.

The new programme, it’s called the Carnegie Catering Programme, is designed to give learners aged 16 to 25 years with a passion for food and cooking, the skills to either progress to full time employment in the catering industry or into further education.

The training will be delivered under the Education skills Learning Opportunities (ESLO) Programme in partnership with the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board, scholars Townhouse Hotel, The Westcourt Hotel and Relish Cafés and Restaurants.

Learners on the programme, which comes in response to the current skills shortage in the catering industry, will be encouraged to develop their catering skills in an holistic and supportive environment.

Lorraine McKevitt, the co-ordinator of the ESLO Programme at Boomerang, said that the idea for the programme had been in the pipeline for quite some time following numerous enquiries.

“The programme offers a fantastic opportunity for learners to take their first step on the career ladder in the area of catering” she said.

“We are also delighted to welcome on board our three programme partners Scholars Townhouse Hotel, Relish Cafés and Restaurants and the Westcourt Hotel who between them bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the programme.”

Anyone interested in applying can download an application form at http://www.boomerangcafe.ie/ or else you can contact Lorraine, Michelle or Karen at Boomerang Youth Service and Café at 62 Fair Sreet, Drogheda, call them on 041 983 9919 or email: dydeslo@gmail.com.

At yesterday’s launch of the Carnegie Catering Programme at Boomerang Youth Service and Café were (from left): Caroline O’Keane of the LMETB, Lorna Breen of Relish, Barry Carter of the Westcourt Hotel, Lorraine McKevitt, the co-ordinator of the ESLO Programme and Assistant Co-ordinator Karen Harrison. Photo: Andy Spearman.

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