by Lynn Carr, Senior Account Manager, Customer Perceptions
We were delighted to return to Catex on Wednesday February 27th for Day 2.
After a very successful first day, we were looking forward to building more relationships in the hospitality industry and also, checking out the innovative and eye-catching stands put together by some of Ireland’s largest foodservice and hospitality businesses.
We were delighted to catch up with some our current clients on day 2, including; Henderson Foodservice, AIL Group, Acorn Insurance and the Restaurant’s Association of Ireland.
Some of the mouth-watering events throughout the day included a Vegan Dish Competition, an Irish Beef Fillet Competition, the Avonmore Irish Latte Art Competition and a Chocolate Masterclass. We were also delighted to note a Career Q&A whereby chefs hoping to pursue, progress and succeed in a career in the industry, had an opportunity to pick the brain of some of Ireland’s finest.
That evening, the Irish Cocktail Champion of 2019 was announced, with Oisin Kelly creating a vodka and elderflower sensation, which he named Solstice. Oisin will now represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Championships in China later this year!
The final and largest event of the day, the Aramark Chef of the Year 2019 competition, took place in the Chef Ireland Competition Feature Area at 5.30pm. A huge congratulations to Oran Colhoun to took home this prestigious award.
Similar to the day previous, our lovely neighbours made for great company throughout the day, especially Patisserie Royale, who insisted on keeping our sugar levels up – who are we to argue?
By the end of day 2, it was very obvious to us why this is Ireland’s largest foodservice and hospitality show! We didn’t want to go home and already couldn’t wait for the 3rd and final day.