Waterford chef Tony Barry scoops 2017 Teaching Excellence Award

Pictured from left at the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award ceremony are Dr Ray Cullen, Head of Department of Languages, Tourism and Hospitality, award recipient, chef Tony Barry and Head of the School of Humanities, Dr Marian O'Neill.

Pictured from left at the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award ceremony are Dr Ray Cullen, Head of Department of Languages, Tourism and Hospitality, award recipient, chef Tony Barry and Head of the School of Humanities, Dr Marian O'Neill.

Lecturer in Culinary Arts, Tony Barry scooped the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award at Waterford Institute of Technology.
Having worked as a chef since the age of 14, he rose to the position of head chef before beginning his teaching career with Fáilte Ireland, joining WIT in 1993.
Grange Heights resident, Barry was reared in St Johns Park Waterford. He’s a son of Tommy Barry a former League of Ireland referee and the late Betty Coad. Married to Claire who runs her own business in Ladies fashion, they have two sons Shane, who lives in Cork working in the Central Statistics Office and David who works and resides in Calgary Canada. Both sons studied at WIT.
The adjudicating panel unanimously voted Tony the successful recipient of the WIT Teaching Excellence Award 2017 for the level of passion and commitment to his work that he showed, which was described ‘exceptional’.
On receiving the award Barry said: “I am delighted to accept the award not only for myself but also for the Department of Tourism & Hospitality. It means a lot to me that my colleagues nominated me for the award. I consider it a privilege to be given the opportunity to pass on the culinary skills I have developed to the future chefs.”
The panel who adjudicated at the award included Dr Kevin O’Rourke, Head of E Learning, DIT, Michelle Byrne outgoing President of WIT Students Union and Dr Helen Murphy, Head of Department of Education, WIT.
The panel commented on Tony’s passion for his work, his engagement with his students and his commitment to his own Professional development.
“Tony clearly demonstrated a strong student centred approach to teaching and his philosophy and values were clear when he described how he interacted with students,” said Dr Murphy.
“Tony’s commitment to his teaching was exceptional, his innovative approaches to learning especially his use of experiential learning with students was truly inspiring. His use of multiple ways of engaging students was both creative and innovative and his close connections with the industry were clearly of great benefit to his students.”
While working at WIT Barry completed an honours degree in Hospitality Education and post graduate studies in Education and Food Product Development and Culinary Innovation.
“During my time at WIT I have been involved in a number of projects, the herb garden at the Cork Road, the vegetable and fruit garden at Carriganore, the development of the culinary society. I have mentored students national and international competitions: Knorr Chef of the Year, International Cook Serve, Chef Ireland, International AEHT, World Skills,” he continued.

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