Jimmy is a regular visitor to the School of Artisan Food, as well as being a lecturer at the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology at TU Dublin, Ireland. He holds a Masters Degree in Food Product Development and Culinary Innovation and also teaches the Deutsches Baker Akademie in Weinheim, Germany.
Jimmy regularly teaches and judges globally, and in recent times has demonstrated and given classes in Brazil, Japan, Taipei, Iceland, Spain, and Russia, to name but a few. He also works as an advisor and consultant to industry.
Jimmy grew up being competitive and as an apprentice, won many national bakery competitions. Later in his career, he represented Ireland and competed in the European Championships as the viennoiserie candidate three times; winning bronze at the Coupe D’ Europe de la Boulangerie 1997. He went on to coach the very successful Irish bakery team from 2002 until 2005. Jimmy has also been an international bakery jury member since 2001 for most of the world championships and world master’s competitions, the bakery Olympics of the industry.
In addition to his test baking passion, Jimmy is a licenced fixed-wing pilot; an aerobatic pilot; seaplane pilot, judo blackbelt instructor, divemaster and a former marathon runner and is currently studying to become a flight instructor.