Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or an aspiring gourmet chef, here are some of the best cookery courses in Ireland for all skill levels …
If your autumn to do list includes improving your cooking skills, whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or an aspiring gourmet chef, we are lucky to live in a country that offers an array of cookery courses catering to all skill levels and tastes. Add to that the amazing Irish produce and levelling up your kitchen game has never been easier. Below you’ll find just some of the best cookery courses in Ireland.
Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co Cork
Tucked away in the picturesque County Cork, Ballymaloe Cookery School is often regarded as the cradle of Irish culinary excellence. Ballymaloe has been transforming culinary enthusiasts into skilled chefs for over three decades. The courses here emphasise farm-to-table cooking, using the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced from their own organic farm. Whether it’s the infamous twelve week-long certificate course or a shorter afternoon workshop, Ballymaloe’s commitment to quality and tradition makes it a top choice for culinary education; www.ballymaloecookeryschool.ie.
Dublin Cookery School, Blackrock, Co Dublin
For those who prefer the urban charms of Dublin, the Dublin Cookery School is an excellent choice with 3000 sq ft of space that includes a demonstration kitchen, a hands-on kitchen, and an intimate dining space. Nestled in the heart of bustling Blackrock this school offers a diverse range of courses that cater to various skill levels and interests. From essential cookery skills to specialised courses in pastry, bread making, and world cuisines, there’s something for everyone – teens in particular would enjoy the TY classes. The school’s state-of-the-art facilities and experienced instructors make it a top destination for culinary education in the city; www.dublincookeryschool.ie.
Dunbrody Cookery School, Co Wexford
Dunbrody Cookery School is part of the Dunbrody Country House Hotel, a luxurious retreat that seamlessly blends Irish hospitality with gastronomic excellence run by culinary maestro, Kevin Dundon and his wife Catherine. At Dunbrody, you can immerse yourself in the art of cooking while enjoying the bucolic surroundings and the sea air. Courses range from one-day workshops to longer programmes, with a strong focus on using locally-sourced ingredients and mastering classic Irish dishes; www.dunbrodyhouse.com.
Aniar Boutique Cookery School, Co Galway
In Galway, Aniar Boutique Cookery School offers a unique culinary experience. Run by Chef JP McMahon, whose restaurant Aniar holds a Michelin star, this school focuses on reviving traditional Irish cooking techniques. Students can delve into the world of fermentation, foraging, and preserving, gaining a deeper understanding of Ireland’s culinary heritage. The intimate classes and McMahon’s expertise make this school a hidden gem on the Irish culinary scene and the children’s classes in particular are exceedingly popular; www.aniarrestaurant.ie.
Waterman Cookery School, Belfast
Located in the bustling Cathedral Quarter in the heart of Belfast, the Waterman Cookery School offers a unique blend of traditional Irish cooking with a contemporary twist, all against the backdrop of Belfast’s rich cultural heritage. The school is known for its commitment to providing top-notch culinary education and boasts a team of skilled chefs and instructors who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love for food. Whether you’re a novice looking to master the basics or an experienced cook seeking to expand your repertoire, their diverse range of courses caters to all skill levels and interests. One of the standout features of Waterman Cookery School is its dedication to using locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients from Northern Ireland’s rich and diverse larder. From artisanal cheeses to fresh seafood from the nearby shores, you’ll discover the flavours that make Northern Irish cuisine truly special through a range of one-day workshops to comprehensive programmes that cover baking, pastry, and international cuisine. The school also hosts special events, such as wine-tasting evenings and themed cooking classes, making it a hub for food enthusiasts in Belfast. A class dedicated to curry and beer? Count me in; www.waterman.house.