Derek Judges Irish Food Awards for 11th Year in a Row


Master Baker and head of The Baking Academy of Ireland, Derek O’Brien, along with his team have completed the judging for this year’s Blas na hEireann Food Awards for the 11th year in a row.

The Blas na hEireann Food Awards, Ireland’s most prestigious food competition and involves blind tasting and its very own judging system. Previous Blas na hEireann winners have gone on to earn the recognition of the Irish and International food industries in categories that include everything from cured meats to confectionaries.

And despite many changes throughout its 11 years, one of its permanent fixtures has been the judge of its baking category – Derek O’Brien.

(Video) Bread from businesses all across Ireland arrives at The Baking Academy for judging.

 Having been there since the very beginning, Derek has applied his decades of industry experience to judging the latest and greatest of Ireland’s baking talent, giving gold to companies such as Cremore Bakery, O’Keefe’s Bakery, and Le Patissier, to name but a few.

Derek’s keen eye and taste for detail were developed over years of dedication to his craft, and before establishing The Baking Academy of Ireland, he served as head of the National Bakery School of DIT, and is currently the manager of the Irish National Baking Team.

Established with the goal of providing an inclusive and productive learning environment for bakers of all skill levels, Derek’s Baking Academy of Ireland in Palmerstown has grown to include Master Bakers and experts from all over Ireland and around the globe.

Budding bakers from all of the country have flocked to The Baking Academy of Ireland to avail of the many baking courses they offer, which vary from one-day courses to longer certificate courses. While the courses cater to bakers of any level of ability, the Baking Academy of Ireland promises all of its students that they’ll leave with the skills necessary to bake up a storm in the kitchen.

The Blas na hEireann Food Awards ceremony will take place on the 5th and 6th of October where the winners will be announced.

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