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Cooking Courses Around Ireland

Looking to improve your cooking skills? Go to the experts.

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No matter how good you are in the kitchen, there is always a new trick or two to learn.

If you're looking to improve your kneading skills or want to know how to cook delicious Indian dishes, it's worth checking out a cookery course. From getting the basics right to a bespoke masterclass with a Michelin-starred chef, here are just some of the cookery courses you can avail of around island of Ireland.

Ballyknocken House & Cookery School, Wicklow

Located in the scenic Wicklow countryside, Ballyknocken cookery school is owned and run by Catherine Fulvio. This converted milking parlour has been transformed into one of the most popular schools around. Here you can learn how to cook like an Italian, how to forage, how to master gluten-free dishes and more.  You will be taught by a team of highly-qualified chefs to get your cooking up to scratch.

Kevin Thornton’s KOOKS, Dublin

A bespoke cooking class, giving you a chance to spend six hours with the two Michelin starred chef, Kevin Thorton.  Having run a highly successful restaurant located just of St. Stephen's Green, Kevin and his wife Muriel now open their home to teach people how to cook like a Michelin star chef. They offer day courses, in which students will learn to create five dishes, and there is also a private chef's table event available too.

James Street South Cookery School, Belfast

The classes at James Street South are designed to teach you no matter what your level is. With only small numbers allowed in each class, students are given the time required to learn in a helpful environment. At the end of each four-hour class, participants get to sit down and enjoy the fruits of their labour over a glass of wine. Courses on offer vary from how to master a bbq to They run courses from mastering BBQ skills to effortless entertaining.

Picado Mexican, Dublin

There is something very unique about Picado and the cooking courses are in high demand. Learn how to make authentic Mexican food in the beautiful shop that transforms into a buzzing cookery school in the evening. Classes include perfect tortilla, Mexican chillies and enchilada workshops, carried out under the watchful eye of Lily Ramirez-Foran and Alan Foran. Plus you can bring your own beer or a bottle of wine to enjoy while you have your meal at the end of the class!

Aniar Boutique Cookery School, Galway

JP McMahon is one of the best-known names in the food industry, having maintained his Michelin star for the past six years. He heads up an array of classes in his Galway cookery school. They range from intensive six-week courses, held one evening a week, to one day course where you can learn how to become a better baker or learn to cook tapas. 

Firehouse Bakery & Bread School, Wicklow and Heir Island, West Cork

Patrick Ryan and Laura Moore, the team behind Firehouse Bakery believe passionately in great bread. So much so, they opened a bread-making school on Heir Island in 2012. Classes are fully booked for the rest of 2019 but we'd suggest getting your name down fast for a 2020 course if you've always wondered what the 'windowpane effect' is!

Dublin Cookery School, Blackrock, Dublin

One of the most well-known cookery schools around, if you're serious about upping your skillset, head to the Dublin Cookery School in Blackrock. It offers an abundance of classes from 4-week and 12-week certificate courses to shorter one-off day and even classes. New additions to the curriculum include Café Baking & Treats, Easy Entertaining and Winter Curries.

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Rasam, Dublin

Situated in the beautiful village of Glasthule, Rasam has been producing authentic food for locals since 2003. In recent years, the team decided to share its knowledge of the complex flavours of Indian Indian cuisine. The course consists of a two-hour cooking class, and a spice demonstration followed by a two-course dinner. Participants are also given Rasam's very own spice blend to take home, making recreating the dishes all the easier. 

Tannery Cookery School, Waterford

Paul and Máire Flynn of The Tannery opened up a cookery school in the hopes of educating people on local produce. Located in the heart of Dungarvan, the cooking demos can hold up to 30 people and the Tannery can cater up to 14 eager students in beautiful, custom-designed classrooms. The classes accommodate all skill levels, and Paul and his team of guest tutors will guide you along.

The Neven Maguire Cookery School, Cavan

One of the best-loved chefs in Ireland, Neven Maguire opened his cookery school in 2014 beside MacNean House & Restaurant in Blacklion, Co. Cavan. Spend the day with Neven and his team, and build new skills while getting great new cooking ideas. Each course beings with a ‘MacNean Welcome’ that includes tea/coffee and homemade scones and participants leave with a special recipe pack.

Hook & Larder, Waterford

No matter what your cooking level, Hook & Larder should be able to help you on your journey to becoming a more competent cook. There's a variety of courses available, catered to suit most abilities, and the cookery school boasts 12 work stations. The chefs at Hook & Larder focus on supporting local artisan producers and are keen to share their expert knowledge with participants.