A special event for food businesses focused on Food Product Development and looking at Top Tips for Food Businesses.  

The session is organised by Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny to give people the opportunity to learn from industry leaders and gain insightful information into the sector. Guest speakers on the day include: 

Eddie O Neill BIA Innovator Campus (previously of Teagasc) 

Colm Foley, BIA Innovator Campus  

Panel Discussion with Food Entrepreneurs 

The morning session will be hosted at the Parade Tower at Kilkenny Castle and will also include a Q&A and group mentoring sessions with the guest speakers. A comprehensive overview of the supports available will be presented by Business Advisor, Catherine Hennessy. 

The MC for the session will be Award Winning Celebrity Irish Chef Brian McDermott. 

About Brian McDermott 

Brian Mc Dermott is an award-winning celebrity Irish chef from Donegal. His latest book, Donegal Table, won Best Cookery Book in the World at the Gourmand World Book Awards in China. 

Brian has built a national and international reputation as a chef on one simple belief – that tasty, healthy food based around traditional recipes and local produce is something everyone should enjoy. Fans of Brian McDermott will already be familiar with his passion for local food and his home county of Donegal which has made him a regular on television and radio and on the Irish food festival circuit. 

Currently appearing on RTÉ’s Today Show for his ninth year, for the past ten years Brian has been the resident chef on BBC Radio Foyle. He also is also a regular food commentator in the media in Ireland, the UK and internationally, and also speaks about business motivation and entrepreneurship, as well as current affairs. 


10.00am – 10.15am – Registration & Refreshments 

10.15am – 10.30am – Opening & Local Enterprise Office Supports for Small Food Businesses 

10.30am – 11.00am – Eddie O Neill, BIA Innovator Campus (previously of Teagasc) 

11.00am – 11.30am – Colm Foley, BIA Innovator Campus 

11.30am – 11.45am – Tea/Coffee and Networking 

11.45am – 12.45pm – Panel Discussion with Food Entrepreneurs 

12.45pm – 1.00pm – Q&A 

Tickets are €10 and can be booked through the Local Enterprise Office website.