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Blathnaid Bergin

The Business of Food

Blathnaid, a graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management, grew up in a family business, known as a General Merchants. My family were all things to all people in the local community. This included the groceries, telecoms, correspondence, social life – pub; afterlife – undertaking; travel- service station; agricultural – fertilizer, grain, wool, etc and much more.

Having grown up steeped in business, the desire to be self-employed was in the blood. Self-employed from the age of 29 having graduated from the world renowned Shannon College of Hotel Management worked in the hotel industry for a number of years. Totally enthralled by entrepreneurs, I have worked as an advisor to all sectors of the hospitality industry since 1991. It was this experience and ongoing involvement in the industry which prompted me to develop The School of Restaurant & Kitchen Management Ltd (SRKM) in 2010.

The mission is simple – ‘To bring excellence, professionalism, passion and enjoyment to the management and operations of the food service industry’.

The Courses which now make up the The Business of Food calendar range from 6 weeks to three days and include ‘The Business of Opening a Restaurant; The Business of Opening a Café; The Business of Staying in Business, The Business of Catering and very popular 10 day course, Business of Food @ The Ballymaloe Cookery School and The Business of Pub Food in Partnership with The Vintners Federation of Ireland.

I am passionate about helping those going into the business to do it right and helping those in the business to do it better.

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Meet the Team

Alan Haugh

Alan Haugh

Barrister at Law Library

Alan Haugh is a practicing barrister who specialises in employment, industrial relations and equality law.

Colm McCan

Colm McCan

Consultant Sommelier

Colm was singled out by the Irish Examiner in their Wine Highlights 2014 as ‘one person that made Ireland a great place to be a wine enthusiast’.

Deirdre Coleman

Deirdre Coleman

Director - Interior Design

Deirdre is passionate about getting the bones of the structure right for your business; the space planning, the flow, the light, the hard surfaces, the fixtures, and prioritising budget accordingly.

Dr. Detta Melia, Guest Lecturer

Dr. Detta Melia, Guest Lecturer

Hospitality Management

Dr. Melia has a wide range of industrial experience in hospitality and tourism predominately in senior management positions in hotels, conference, event and tourism organisations and spent some time as a Bord Failte Inspector.

Elizabeth O’Connell

Elizabeth O’Connell

M.G.L.D.A. Garden Consultancy & Design

Elizabeth has 25 years experience in commercial horticulture and garden design. She is passionate about the creation of gardens from the tiny window box garden to the large private garden spaces and commercial projects.

Evelyn Moriarty

Evelyn Moriarty

Marketing & Digital Marketing

Evelyn Moriarty is a Content Marketing Consultant, operating as The Creative Hub - a digital marketing enterprise, offering a range of sales and marketing services across a number of industries with particular expertise in the food and beverage sectors.

James Lawless, LL.B., LL.M.

James Lawless, LL.B., LL.M.

UCD School of Law. UCD Institute of Food & Health

James is an expert in food law and is currently undertaking doctoral research in the area of European food safety regulation, examining the standards applied to beef and beef products.

Kevin Prendergast

Kevin Prendergast

Corporate Compliance Manager

Kevin is responsible for their education and outreach programmes, as well as producing information on changes and developments in company law.

Mary Daly

Mary Daly

Food Safety Trainer

Mary Daly is a qualified Teacher, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree and Higher Diploma in Education from UCC. She taught at second level before joining the Defence Forces as an Officer Cadet.

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