Food has become a vital part of any travel experiences. In Ireland the quality in food production and preparation has changed hugely in the past 30 years. You can learn how to cook quality food with the best of the best by taking a course in one of these esteemed cookery schools.
Learn to Cook in Ireland – Top 5 Cookery Schools
Aniar – Boutique Cookery School, Galway
Classes at Aniar are led by chef patron and writer, JP McMahon, who is a holder of a Michelin star since 2013. Chef JP has many years of teaching experience. The classes are a great way to learn how to cook and engage with current trends. Classes include demonstrations and hands-on activities for students to gain confidence in the kitchen.
The workshops will cover topics such as Contemporary Irish cooking, Tapas at Home, Japanese Cooking, How to be a better cook, Italian Cooking and more. One-day courses cost €250, see here.
Ballyknockan House, Farm and Cookery School, Ballyknockan, Wicklow
The lovely Catherine Fulvio is well known to viewers of cookery programmes. Her easy style makes cooking seem a joy. Ballyknockan Cookery School is based on a farm with a guesthouse. It is in stunning Wicklow, and the cookery school will bring the best of everything Irish and Italian to your trip to Ballyknockan.
The one-day courses available include Fabulous Mains and Desserts, Southern Italian Cooking and 7 nights 7 meals, 1 plan, €155, see here.
The Dingle Cookery School, Dingle, Co. Kerry
Is there a better place to learn about cooking Irish food, especially fish and seafood than in one of the country’s most colourful and picturesque areas. The award-winning Dingle Cookery School is run by chef Mark Murphy. He believes that learning to cook is one of the greatest things one can experience.
Mark shares his knowledge of cooking from the basic techniques to the more complex and exciting use of fresh, local Irish ingredients. Courses include; Cook Fish or Meat to Perfection, Mastering Shellfish and learn about smoking and curing, are among the many on offer at Dingle Cookery School, prices from €85 – €150, see here.
Howth Castle Cookery School – Howth, Co. Dublin
The 18th century Georgian kitchen in Howth Castle is a magical place to learn cooking. Classes are led by professional chefs and there is a wide range of cooking and baking classes. You can enjoy the beautiful setting overlooking the seaside town of Howth.
Upcoming classes include Fish and Shellfish workshop, Contemporary Vegan Food, Sharing Platters for Family and Friends. Prices are from €95, see here.
Ballymaloe Cookery School, Organic Farm and Gardens, Shanagarry, Co. Cork
The best known cookery school in Ireland is Ballymaloe, which has been teaching people since 1983. There is a wide variety of courses from spring foraging to full time learning for would be chefs. The extensive range of courses include something for everyone from an afternoon to three months. The courses are taught by professional chefs and well-known television chefs such as Darina Allen and Rory O’Connell, see here.