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An invitation to Belfast’s best kept culinary secret

Matt Logan and Hollie Forde, final year culinary arts students at Ulster University Business School, display some of the unique vegetables to be featured in their NI Year of Food and Drink banquet in the Academy Restaurant on 12th April 2016.

Matt Logan and Hollie Forde, final year culinary arts students at Ulster University Business School, display some of the unique vegetables to be featured in their NI Year of Food and Drink banquet in the Academy Restaurant on 12th April 2016.

Matt Logan and Hollie Forde, final year culinary arts students at Ulster University Business School, display some of the unique vegetables to be featured in their NI Year of Food and Drink banquet in the Academy Restaurant on 12th April 2016.

Lovage, salsify and Jerusalem artichokes are just some of the intriguing foods being offered as part of the Ulster University Business School’s NI Year of Food and Drink celebration event on 12th April 2016 in its Academy Restaurant within the York Street campus.

Also on the menu will be Lough Neagh smoked eel, McCartney’s corned beef, monkfish from East Coast Seafood, roast Mourne lamb rump, veda bread mousse and chocolate and Guinness cake.

The banquet, featuring six courses of local produce, has been created by final year student Matt Logan, former winner of the all-Ireland Euro-toques Junior Chef of the Year, who has worked in Chapter One in Dublin and Michelin starred Ox in Belfast.  He will be supported in The Academy Kitchen by fellow students studying BSc Hons degrees in Culinary Arts Management and International Hospitality Management including fourth year student Hollie Forde who cooked for the Ryder Cup when on placement in Gleneagles and is currently working part-time as a pastry chef in Michael Deane’s Michelin starred restaurant EIPIC.

Professor Una McMahon Beattie, Head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management explains, “The Academy at York Street provides our students with a unique and innovative environment to help them develop their practical and managerial skills which in turn enhances their future employability.  Whilst the fabulous fare prepared by our students is well-known within Ulster University, to external diners the Academy Restaurant must be Belfast’s best kept culinary secret!  For this reason Matt and his peers have put together this unique menu of local produce to showcase their expertise and creativity whilst at the same time supporting NI’s Year of Food and Drink.  We are extending an open invitation to food lovers in Belfast and beyond and at £45 per person including wine, it’s terrific value.”

The licensed Academy Restaurant is a member of Taste of Ulster and holds a 5* Food Hygiene rating.  It is open to the public for lunch from Monday to Friday from 12.30pm and for dinner on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm.  Bookings can be made by phoning 02895 367332.

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