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As the first, very cautious step towards re-opening Ballymaloe Cookery School we have created a new Hands-On Course.

Our Hands-On courses have always been very popular because they combine demonstrations and cooking.

The new, ‘Safe’ version is even better because we have included a tour of the farm and gardens (where you can pick some ingredients), morning coffee, demonstration, a practical session in the kitchen and lunch!

Best of all, we have created a range of delicious menus for different days taking into account what is in season.

Also, as Darina, Rachel or Rory will be there on and off through the day, it is a great opportunity to ask them any questions you may have.

What about the safety aspect?

There will only be eight students in each kitchen (about a third of the usual number)! So, socially distancing will be easy.

Of course, we are more than complying with the HSE and Government’s regulations.

If you have any questions, please do let us know.


Your day

9.15:            Welcome coffee and homemade biscuits (in the garden weather permitting)

9.30:           Introduction to the day’s menu and a tour of the farm, gardens and glasshouse during which you will be able to gather fresh vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and maybe eggs (from the Palais des Poulets) to use when you cook later on.

11.00:         Coffee break. More homemade biscuits!

11.20:         Don aprons and into the kitchens where you will have a demonstration and hands-on cooking session.

2.00:           Enjoy Lunch…

3.15:           Depart or enjoy another walk around the gardens.


Course Description

This course gives you a tantalising taste of the Ballymaloe Cookery School and provides inspiration for anyone eager to cook a variety of seasonal dishes with greater confidence. In just a few hours, you will be given the necessary techniques to work skilfully in the kitchen through a variety of hands-on demonstrations, all topped off by an informal lunch in the surroundings of the Ballymaloe Cookery School where you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour. 

What you’ll learn
• Great recipes to expand your repertoire, including bread, starters, salads, dressings, mains and puddings
• A variety of essential techniques you’ll use again and again
• Tips for forward planning and saving time

Good to know

• You will be supplied with a pack of the course recipes for your ongoing reference.

• Our shop will be open for further inspiration: cookery books, equipment and select ingredients, 10% discount on all Cookery books purchased on the day, let us know ahead if you’d like your copy signed !

• Fresh seasonal produce from our organic farm is available to purchase in our shop.

• We run these courses several times a year, varying the recipes in sync with the seasons

What do I need to bring?

Bring your own apron, chopping and/or filleting knife and mask (we will have spare masks available).

What cooking skills are required for this course?

Our courses are designed to meet everyone’s needs from the complete beginner to the experienced cook. When you are in the kitchen cooking we will have one of our expert tutors to give you as much help as you need. 


The menu will be posted on our website a week ahead.

All our menus will be designed to take advantage of what is in season (and what you will find on the farm and in the gardens). They are subject to slight change according to what is available on the day of the course.

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.