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John Lydon

Lecturer in Culinary Skills and Nutrition for Health & Performance

  • jlydon@ait.ie
  • Room: F1612
  • Building: HTL Building
  • Faculty: Faculty of Business & Hospitality

John Lydon is a culinary arts lecturer at AIT. Having completed initial professional cookery education in GMIT, and subsequently attaining hospitality and computing certificates and diplomas from DIT, BIFHE, CGL, UCG and LYIT, he completed his BSc Degree in International Culinary Arts with Thames Valley University (TVU). He holds a MA Master’s degree in Management in Education from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and an MSc in Culinary Innovation and New Food Product Development from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

John spent 18 years working in the hospitality industry. He spent a year each in Switzerland and Germany, before returning to Ireland and working in fine dining establishments. He was later head-hunted to work as executive head chef in the Four Star Sligo Park Hotel.

John presented at three hospitality and gastronomy conferences. Papers were titled: ‘Appraisal of culinary arts education’, ‘The state of cooking in Ireland’ and ‘Who should train our chefs’, which were subsequently published by Arrow. In addition to lecturing in culinary arts, he lectures in computer applications, nutrition, and supervising BA students in researching and developing new food products.

Undergraduate:

Volume Food Production

Health & Safety

Early Year’s Nutrition

Nutrition for Health and Performance

Information Technology

Culinary Skills

Buffet Presentation

Food Product Development

International Cuisine

Culinary Operations

MS Office Computer Applications

Professional Development

Food preparation

Postgraduate:

Business Research

John was appointed as external examiner to hospitality programmes for Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

He delivered a lecture on ‘sensory analysis’ to a group of second-level home economics teachers at the Athlone Teacher Training Centre in 2014.

He regularly serves as judge at the ‘Taste of Sligo’ cookery competitions in St. Angela’s College, Sligo.

John was founder member of the Northwest Panel of Chefs (held posts as vice-chairman and treasurer)

  • Biography

    John Lydon is a culinary arts lecturer at AIT. Having completed initial professional cookery education in GMIT, and subsequently attaining hospitality and computing certificates and diplomas from DIT, BIFHE, CGL, UCG and LYIT, he completed his BSc Degree in International Culinary Arts with Thames Valley University (TVU). He holds a MA Master’s degree in Management in Education from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and an MSc in Culinary Innovation and New Food Product Development from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

    John spent 18 years working in the hospitality industry. He spent a year each in Switzerland and Germany, before returning to Ireland and working in fine dining establishments. He was later head-hunted to work as executive head chef in the Four Star Sligo Park Hotel.

  • Research & Consultancy

    John presented at three hospitality and gastronomy conferences. Papers were titled: ‘Appraisal of culinary arts education’, ‘The state of cooking in Ireland’ and ‘Who should train our chefs’, which were subsequently published by Arrow. In addition to lecturing in culinary arts, he lectures in computer applications, nutrition, and supervising BA students in researching and developing new food products.

  • Teaching Experience

    Undergraduate:

    Volume Food Production

    Health & Safety

    Early Year’s Nutrition

    Nutrition for Health and Performance

    Information Technology

    Culinary Skills

    Buffet Presentation

    Food Product Development

    International Cuisine

    Culinary Operations

    MS Office Computer Applications

    Professional Development

    Food preparation

    Postgraduate:

    Business Research

  • Interests & Professional Development

    John was appointed as external examiner to hospitality programmes for Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

    He delivered a lecture on ‘sensory analysis’ to a group of second-level home economics teachers at the Athlone Teacher Training Centre in 2014.

    He regularly serves as judge at the ‘Taste of Sligo’ cookery competitions in St. Angela’s College, Sligo.

  • Membership of Academic/Professional Bodies

    John was founder member of the Northwest Panel of Chefs (held posts as vice-chairman and treasurer)