The Irish National Bakery School is finalising details of a new degree course for the next academic year, writes Ann Marie Foley. It is also advertising short bakery courses for chefs in Ireland’s top catering magazine. This follows the popularity of last year’s short courses among people from small catering and café businesses. “This year we decided to target hotels, on the basis that many are now using frozen bought-in product. I believe it is often the same and not of top quality,” said Derek O’Brien, head of the National Bakery School. He explained chefs tend not to tackle bread-making but that the three-day course can be tailored to their needs. “In America, they offer what they call signature bread, which is specific to a restaurant or hotel. Avoca in Bray makes its own bread and you cannot get it anywhere else. So that is what we are suggesting.” The school’s full-time two year Higher Certificate course will be extended by a year to become a degree course. However, students who want to leave after the two years will still receive the Higher Certificate. The degree course is aimed at technicians and technologists and those entering the bakery industry but also the wider food industry, such as delis and cafés that offer their own bread andbakery products. The school also offers four part-time courses that are continually full: Professional Baking – Bread; Cake; Fruit Bread; and Pastry. These and other short courses receive Continuing Professional Development (CPD) qualifications under the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) of which the Bakery School is part. While the school once catered for all bakery training in Ireland, enterprise-led support body Skillnets now offers workplace courses. The DIT and all its schools such as the bakery are to move to a new Dublin location during the next few years.
PHOENIX, Arizona, (CMC): Jamaican Andrew Ramgeet rode a double to grab a share of the lead at Turf Paradise while his son, Andre, had a single winner as they made their presence felt at the southwestern United States racetrack here Saturday. Ramgeet Sr captured race five with 2-1 chance Bet the Harbor and followed up by taking race six with 4-1 bet Rhetorical. Andre, meanwhile, found success in the first event of the day’s eight-race card when he booted favourite Passed Due to victory. With the brace, Andrew Ramgeet moved alongside Scott Stevens on 49 points, with David Lopez 14 behind in third. The veteran rider opened his account when he partnered with five-year-old Bet the Harbor to beat the four-year-old and upwards by a neck. Going 6-1/2 furlongs, Bet the Harbor trailed out of the gates but snatched the lead on the first turn under pressure from Sunset Brandy and Wannablikegrandpa. Ramgeet and Bet the Harbor pulled away in the stretch but were then forced to stave off the fast-finishing Three Fast Sevens, to reach the wire first. In another 6-1/2 furlong trip in race six, Ramgeet Sr and eight-year-old chestnut gelding Rhetorical got the better of the four-year-old and upwards by a neck. The pair raced well back early on, grabbed the lead at the eighth pole and drew off before holding off favourite Flat Gone at the wire.