One East Cork Secondary School is out to prove that getting your hands dirty does, sometimes, pay off!
The students of St Colman’s Community College are among six Second Level Colleges battling it out in the final of the National Food Entrepreneur of the Year Awards today (Thursday 17 May).
The Grow2Ceo initiative gives a unique opportunity to collaborate with some of the newest food entrepreneurs in Ireland.
The concept behind the national competition is to foster an interest in food, and food entrepreneurship, in Irish schools.
Running your own food production business is no piece of cake, which is why Cully and Sully have teamed up with Grow It Yourself to help invest in the next crop of food entrepreneurs.
The St Colman’s Community College students are the only school in Cork to make it to the final cut.
Class teacher, Prioncias O’Tuama, explains “the students had to make a video every week for 3 weeks and grow their own Rocket.
Kevin Aherne, Sage Restaurant, mentored the pupils explaining the importance of selecting the correct ingredients, cooking within the seasons and, ultimately, how to make Rocket Soup.”
“They have had to develop their own business from scratch and have developed many skills along the way, including public speaking and presenting to the camera.”
The final will be streamed live on the Cully & Sully Facebook page and starts at 10:15am with the Midleton students being last to present.
A panel of four judges comprising of Model and celebrity food blogger Roz Purcell, along with Cullen Allen and Colum O' Sullivan of Cully & Sully and Michael Kelly, GIY CEO and star of RTE's Grow Cook Eat have the unenviable task of choosing the overall winner.
The total prize fund is worth €5,000 which includes a €3,000 food garden for the school, 2 IPads for the winning students and a Ballymaloe Voucher for the teacher.