A young Limerick chef who recently graduated from TUS is set for Spain after being awarded a travel scholarship.
Jack Rice, a TUS culinary arts graduate and former World Skills Ireland winner has been awarded the Inaugural Caraway Culinary Travel Scholarship.
His brother David, also a TUS graduate is currently working as head chef in Ballinacurra House in Kinsale.
The scholarship will assist Jack in achieving his next goal of travelling to Spain to expand and develop his culinary career. He has been inspired by the concept of Spanish-style open-fire cooking.
Speaking to Live 95 News, Jack says the award has the potential to be life-changing….
Jack is now the first recipient of the Caraway Culinary Travel Scholarship, a new annual scholarship sponsored by a County Clare benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.
During his time at TUS Jack completed a six-month work placement in Lignum restaurant Galway and spent time in Joro Restaurant in the UK, expanding his knowledge of cooking techniques and styles of cuisines.
Joe Mulcahy Head of Department of Sport & Early Childhood Studies said “Scholarships like “The Caraway Culinary Travel Scholarship 2023” encourages our graduates to continue learning, working and experience new skills and techniques even after graduation. I am delighted Jack is the first recipient of this award. During his time in TUS, he exhibited a real flare for food and the skills he learnt here are unquestionable given his success in competition and in the kitchen of some of Ireland and the UK’s best-known restaurants.”
Programme Leader Culinary Arts Eithne Gavigan added, “Scholarships like this also allow us to remain connected with Jack and other students as we follow their careers and achievements. We at TUS are very proud of Jack and look forward to following his culinary journey which began in TUS and is being accelerated with the support of the “The Caraway Culinary Travel Scholarship.”
Thanking the scholarship sponsor and TUS Jack said, “, allowing me to expand my understanding of food and my culinary skills even further. Without this scholarship, I would not be in a position to travel abroad to work and learn, and as a result I am really looking forward to the next chapter of my culinary career in Spain.”