Embrace the new year and learn a new skill in how to cook like a pro with Award winning Chef David Rice at the newly launched Kinsale Gourmet Academy.
Set in the private and exclusive environment of Ballinacurra House, against the backdrop of Kinsale with its rich history and culinary heritage,the new cookery school will further strengthen Kinsale’s reputation as the ‘Culinary Capital’ of the southern coast. It was one the key factors missing in Kinsale’s bid as ‘Foodie Capital of Ireland’ and will be the final piece of the jigsaw which will further add to the prestige of the town.
Before joining Ballinacurra House, David was a senior chef for two years at Dublin’s Michelin star restaurant Chapter One. Prior to that he was head chef at the Mustard Seed restaurant in Adare, Co. Limerick for three years. Whilst at the Mustard Seed he won Best Chef in Limerick at the Restaurant Association of Ireland awards 2010. In addition, the Mustard Seed won Country House of the year in 2008 and Best Use of Local Ingredients in 2009 at the Georgina Campbell Awards and he has also worked at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at Claridges, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Cornwall as well as The River Cafe in London.
A large focus for this new state of the art cookery school will be building on their reputation in catering for private groups and corporates and work with them to design a bespoke course to suit their needs and objectives that will include a teambuilding element, adding in meeting time or other activities. But Individuals will also be able to book into scheduled courses which will range from half day, one day, two day and 5 day courses. Classes will be kept small to ensure that students receive the best quality and one-to one tutoring.
“Cooking should be accessible to everyone and I hope to demystify complicated cooking techniques in a fun and relaxed environment” says David
The new Gourmet Academy will without doubt puts Kinsale firmly on the map as a culinary food destination and being able to offer gourmet tour groups a further reason to visit and stay in Kinsale, whilst incorporating a food demonstration or hands-on session as well as all the other elements on offer. Food tourism is a growing sector within Failte Ireland’s remit and the 18th Century 40 acre Estate offers all the luxuries you would expect in any 5 star setting in a prime location with unique themed rooms, 2 self catering coach houses, and impeccable service. It has attracted a blue chip clientele for the past 10 years that is looking for that special unique ambiance and quality that you cannot get by other standard offerings. The new Kinsale Gourmet Academy will certainly compliment that, not to forget world class activities locally including the Old Head Golf Course, the picturesque fishing village of Kinsale with it’s many award winning eating establishments such like Martin Shanahan‘s Fishy Fishy Restaurant and all will make it unique in the Irish cookery school market.
So if you have your own group of friends or work colleagues or just your good self and would like to expand your culinary repertoire then this is where you should be heading.
For further information:
Location: Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0) 21 4779040
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