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David Kehoe, Chef
David Kehoe is the Executive Head Chef in the Tower Hotel in Dublin. When he completed his Leaving Cert he went to study in Athlone IT on a 2 year fulltime professional cookery course. He also is qualified in HACCP (Food Safety Mgmt) up until management level. He was one of the chef presenters on "Corrigan Knows Food", which was on RTÉ1 television.
Maths, English, French, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Home Economics. All of them influenced my career as I need all of them eg. without maths I couldn't deal with the financial part of the job.
Secondary School up until the Leaving Cert, 3rd Level - 2 Year professional fulltime cookery course in Athlone IT. HACCP(Food Safety Mgmt) up until management level
Without a doubt - every single one of them.
Yes because as a chef you can never stop learning and there's always something new. I'd like to do some sugar courses to help with my pastry skills and maybe some computer courses to help me with my management skills.