One of the best ways of learning how to up your game in the kitchen, meet star chefs and become more acquainted with the incredible Northern Ireland larder, is to take a cooking class.
Luckily there’s plenty of local cookery schools to teach you the tricks of the trade. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the great ‘how to’ culinary experiences available in every Northern Irish county. Just tie on your apron and go.
For an indulgent learning, eating and drinking experience, put yourself in the hands of celebrity TV cook, cookery writer and good food ambassador, Jenny Bristow. Join Jenny for one of the regular cookery demos at her home, nestled in the rolling green countryside outside the village of Cullybackey, County Antrim. The kitchen is Jenny’s filming backdrop, and the food has a starring role.
For a city-centre learn to cook experience, have a go in the multi-purpose kitchen space of Belfast Cookery School. The experts here can teach you how to cook a wide range of international cuisines, plus everything from knife skills to bread making and dinner party hosting.
Fantastic food with a healthy twist is the passion of chef and nutritionist Aine Boyle, and she serves up both in platefuls at her cookery school in Bessbrook, County Armagh. For both adults and children, the classes are relaxed, funny, and full of brilliant tips on how to make healthy food taste great.
For a super seafood experience, hook up with the chefs in the fishing capital of Northern Ireland, Kilkeel, County Down. The modern harbour-side kitchen is the perfect setting for a range of cookery courses that show you what to look for when buying, handling and cooking seafood and how to prepare amazing fresh-from-the-sea meals.
A ‘stay and cook’ kind of place, this cookery school is right next to the luxury Belle Isle Castle and a host of cosy self-catering cottages. Chef Joe Kelly and his assistants will take you on a culinary adventure whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced cook. A great spot to get away to for an enjoyable day’s cooking and eating.
Feast or Famine Cookery School
If you love good food, then you’ll love this family farm-based cookery school in Greysteel, County Londonderry. Run by local food hero and award-winning chef, Emmett McCourt, this is where groups of up to 20 can gather together to relax, enjoy great food and improve their cookery skills. There’s a course to suit everyone.
Get hands-on with the baking classes in this purpose-built cookery school in the village of Moy, County Tyrone, and you will definitely find your inner chef. Learn how to bake delicious buttermilk scones or a delicious Victoria sponge with jam and fresh cream. There’s plenty of scope to master more advanced techniques also, or to just pick up some new tips and recipes.
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