Healthy Eating

1st yrs soon to be 2nd years, having fun with healthy oranges- working on their projects “How your food choices affect your health”. Amy, Leah, Darragh, Sofia, Ciaran, Kate. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Apprentice Chef


APPRENTICE CHEF is cookery competition organised by chefs in Tralee Institute of Technology. It focuses on making healthy food choices ‘Good Mood Foods’

The Involvement in The Apprentice Chef is the top Home Economics achievement in Hazelwood College, where Healthy Eating is a priority. Students love to participate in cook-offs in school and they really benefit from the Tralee workshop where they can experience a professional catering environment.

Participating student chefs are linked to a chef mentor who advises them on their dishes.

Apprentice Chef has raised the standard of skills in our school and inspired students and their families toward healthier food choices . In Hazelwood College EVERYBODY learns about ‘good mood food’ from Tralee’s Apprentice Chef Event.

This year is our 4th year competing the The Apprentice Chef. Hazelwood’s Julia O’Doherty won 1st prize in 2012. the competition’s first year. Then, in 2015, Laura Stack came 3rd in the final. We have four Home Economics Teachers in our school and we teamwork towards better food choices. Home Economics student numbers are growing and we are happy to be adding a new kitchen this year.

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Billy Ryan, our 2nd year finalist, who is using locally sourced beef from O’Connor’s butchers, Dromcollogher, pictured with Ciaran O’Connor, craft butcher. Ciaran taught Billy how to butcher beef fillets into even-sized cubes for his dish.


This is Orlaith Hennessy’s dish of Fish Curry and rice with crostini and green salad. This was her original dish idea. With the help of her chef mentors Orlaith has developed this dish to an even higher standard. Check out The Apprentice Chef Facebook page to follow our successful students.



Hazelwood 5th Year Home Economics students learnt many skills at Recipe4Success Cookery School, Annacotty on 2nd March 2016. They worked on the assignments for their Leaving Cert Home Economics Practical Food Studies. The following photos are as follows –

1. Hazelwood 5th Year Home Economics students with Ms O’Flaherty and Ms Garrihy

2. Shauna Kenneally, Eimear Lenihan, Padraig Roche, Jessica Roche, Shauna Kiely

3. Aoife O’Callaghan, Tracy Lynch, Emma Purcell.

4. Shania O’Hanlon, Danielle Aherne, Aoife Murray, Chloe O’Brien, Rachel O’Brien, Ann Boyce at Recipe4Success Cookery School, Annacotty in March 2016.


Apprentice Chef News

Hazelwood College students Bridget Kiely (left) and Shauna Kiely attend the Regional Apprentice Chef Workshop, which was held at the Institute of Technology Tralee. Hazelwood College Home Economics students travelled to the workshop in order prepare to enter the Regional Apprentice Chef Competition, as well as gaining experience of a professional restaurant kitchen.

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Picture 2: Hazelwood College students (from left to right) Lorna Donegan, Billy Ryan, James O’Connor and Shannon Curtin are pictured on their break at the Regional Apprentice Chef Workshop, which took place to offer advice for students of Home Economics. Students were able to experience the reality of running a professional kitchen, through the facilities at ITT.

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