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The perfect introductory course for anyone keen to up their culinary skills and increase their home cooking repertoire, this half-day course also gives you a tempting taste of the Ballymaloe Cookery School experience.

Headed up by TV chef and best-selling cookbook author Rachel Allen, our team will take you through everything from making your own bread to creating standout starters, salads, mains and dessert. In just a few hours, you will be given all the necessary techniques to work skillfully in the kitchen through a variety of hands-on demonstrations, all topped off by an informal dinner in the stunning surroundings of the Ballymaloe Cookery School where you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

What you get

An introductory tour of the organic farm, gardens, dairy and greenhouses

A full set of ingredients, including produce from our own garden and farm

Prepping masterclass - how to get the most out of your ingredients

Kitchen skills set - essential techniques for cooking with confidence

A guide to the best of the basics - bread making, salad dressings, super sauces and daring desserts

Tips and tricks - how to time-save, plan perfectly and present in style

Student feedback 

“Absolutely fabulous experience. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and the staff showed great knowledge of food, nutrition skills and dishes. The Cookery School has a warm homely feel and is a thoroughly enjoyable experience regardless of cooking ability.” xxxxx


Please note:

Afternoon coffee, tea and homemade biscuits will be served on arrival

A pack of all the recipes demonstrated is provided as part of the course fee


Interested but timings don’t work? Don’t worry, we run this course several times a year so please check back for further dates, or sign up to our newsletter and we will notify you of the next one

Please note gallery is a selection of images but may not represent actual dishes featured on the course.
Terms and Conditions

All bookings for a course or event at Ballymaloe Cookery School are subject to our standard Terms and Conditions.