Waterford students to launch first cookbook in time for Christmas

Waterford students to launch first cookbook in time for Christmas

Waterford students to launch first cookbook

As part of their studies in 'Media & Visual Arts: Writing About Food,' the 4th year Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) BA Culinary Arts students are launching their first cookery book, 'Cooking WIT Class' which features a 30 recipe collection of the student’s favourite dishes which they have created, tested and photographed as part of their studies in the module.

WIT President, Prof Willie Donnelly will officially launch this book in WIT at 11am on Monday, 3 December in WIT’s Tourism & Leisure building alongside chef Alan Foley, The Step House Hotel, Carlow.

The book will be on sale on the day or available for pre-order from lecturer Edward Hayden at

Hayden explains that the book has been a labour of love for the full student team and they are looking forward to seeing their work come to fruition.

“Recipes include bread, seasonal starters, a diverse range of main courses made up from a selection of locally sourced meat and fish as well as some delicious puddings and sweet treats. There is definitely something in the book to suit all tastes and indeed all levels of culinary proficiency and of course 'Cooking WIT Class' would make an ideal Christmas gift for all your family and friends,” he says.

The book costs €8.00 and students hope it will become a kitchen staple for all. “No doubt in years to come these students will each write their own cookery book and will hopefully draw from the skills acquired in the formative years of their culinary training within WIT,” he added.

As well as this book launch, the students will also host the inaugural WIT food festival from 10.30am until 2.30pm in the Atrium of the T & L building.

Edward Hayden, Course Leader, Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts outlines what the festival involves: “The festival will include informative talks on forgotten skills of food preservation, artisan foods and international cuisine, information on foods to enhance your workout and top food-related tips on how to de-stress before the test as well as the first ever WIT amateur pancake competition and cooking marathon. We will also be inviting attendees to participate in come culinary games, wine tastings and chefs demonstrations from top culinary practitioners.”

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