Late last year the town of Castlerea was delighted to hear the announcement of a planned Food Hub based in the Castlerea Enterprise Hub. Plans have been moving along behind the scenes and work will begin soon on phase 1 of the project.
Here is a little bit more information about An Chistin at The Hub:
What is An Chistin?
An Chistin will be a Training Kitchen, Professional Kitchen and Community Kitchen all in one place.
Why do we need a Food Hub?
There is a shortage of trained chefs & waiting staff in the industry. There is also a lack of certified kitchen facilities for startups and a growing number of people with a desire to learn to cook. The Enterprise committee along with Roscommon Co Co saw a gap in the market and hence the idea for An Chistin was born.
Why locate it at the Castlerea Enterprise Hub?
The building is a double-height former industrial unit with access to road and separate entrance. It will be part of the building which also houses the Castlerea Enterprise Hub.
What are the 2 phases?
Phase 1: Catering Kitchen with multiple training positions, Classroom setting, Mezzanine level for rentable space office space for new start-ups.
Phase 2: Separate incubation units for food start-up businesses
Once complete what does it hope to achieve?
- Chef training
- Serving Staff training
- Refresher courses
- Class Room setting
- Hire kitchen space for food testing
- Certified food safe area will be available
- Space for start up to experiment and develop new products
- Business support and mentoring
- Children’s cooking lessons
- Group cooking parties/lessons
- Chef demonstration events
- Pre-college food skills
We hope that gives you a little more information on this great facility. You can contact Brian on 0867908979 or Benny on 0863664603 if you have any further questions.