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How to use what you learn at cookery courses

A question many people ask when, having recognised they have a flair in the kitchen for one style of cuisine or another and are looking to extend or certify this talent by taking a cookery course, is: what use can I put that knowledge and experience to?

Sure, it’s great cooking for dinner parties or serving up a treat for your partner and receiving the plaudits, but don’t you ever think that there could be financial gain from this culinary prowess?

Starting up a food business is a big step. Sure, eating will never be short of a market, but there are so many others in the niche that potential chefs and/or entrepreneurs may be put off by the competition. You can go on all the cookery courses you like, excelling in every discipline, but why isn’t there a course out there that combines learning to cook and how to turn that into a successful business, all in one?

Well, now there is, tucked away in The Emerald Isle in Donnybrook, Dublin. Over the first two Saturdays in March, they’re putting on a two-part cookery course with a difference, where the emphasis is not so much on the food itself, rather the food for thought that so many start-ups don’t consider enough before rushing to open their doors to the public and subsequently rarely see their first anniversary.

The Cookery School at Donnybrook Fair is not, as such, a business school by any stretch of the imagination. At its core lies a healthy breadth of cookery courses from historic and native Ireland itself, stretching across the globe. As well as offering a taste for every occasion, its cookery courses are an occasion for every taste, as their classes cater for seasoned chefs and beginners, families and children, spots specifically tailored for teens, private lessons for corporate days out and even cookery courses for men. Have they left anyone out?

Their schedule is cram packed with specialist disciplines, with cooking classes almost every day of the week, except Sunday. Many are taught by the cookery school’s professional chefs and tutors but their is a healthy spattering of guest celebrity chef appearances throughout the year, too. In March alone, Audrey Gargan is sharing her sushi expertise (7th) and Elizabeth Carty, author of ‘Shrewd Food’, follows the success of her January ‘Health and Wealth’ cookery class with a new instalment going by the same name as her successful book (27th). And no menu would be complete without cheese and wine, which Elisabeth Ryan brings us a taste of on the 28th.

In between the star spots, there are classes a-plenty covering everything from cooking bread to matching your vino with your platter. All are very reasonably priced; a full schedule can be downloaded from the home page of their site: www.donnybrookfair.ie. Sláinte!

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Cookery school has Asian food craic’ed

With an overall emphasis fashioned towards comprehensive cooking courses in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, Brennan’s Cookery School in Eire offers a plethora of classes covering everything that is, well, not necessarily native of Cork.

Evening cooking classes are the staple diet of Brennan’s Cook School that is Irish in attitude, Asian by design. Claiming to be the only cooking school in the centre of the metropolis that is Cork, you can dip your toe into simple Asian fusion and barbeque menus, cuisines from Vietnam and even learn how to prepare and cook Indian bread and those sweets that you see lining the counter every time you nip in to pick up the samosas and bhajis to go with your home-made curry on the way home from work.

If cooking from the East really is your passion, you can take the level of experience up a few gears by booking to a place on the advanced Asian cooking class, Cooking with Spices.

Forget Blackpool, Prague and Dublin – have your stag or hen do cooking in Cork!

Okay, name two things you associate with Ireland, other than jockeys and hockey. Yep, Guinness and Jameson Whiskey. How many stag dos do you see heading to the Emerald Isle in terminal T2 at Birmingham airport every time you’re planning a trip over the Irish Sea, yourself?

You can’t move for t-shirts emblazoned with some guy’s face, each with a name on the back or pink outfits with one (un?)lucky bride-to-be with an ‘L’ plate around her neck. Instead of spending three days just staggering around Temple Bar, why not plan one of the evenings learning to cook at Brennan’s, instead?

Not only do they cater for corporate evenings, private parties and birthday and anniversary celebrations, but they also offer an evening cookery class for those celebrating their pre-nuptuals and last nights of freedom.

Put the fun back into cooking

You may have noticed a huge leaning towards fun and frolics in the atmosphere this cooking school emits – that’s because they believe that you’ll take more out of an evening learning to cook if you’re enjoying it than if you’re being taught in classroom conditions.

So, if you fancy having a craic at learning how to cook Asian-style in convivial Gaelic surroundings, ready to impress your bride/groom-to-be once you eventually get back off honeymoon, with the added bonus of being in the land where the finest alcoholic drinks of all time were invented, why not check out what this Irish by nature cooking school has to offer this year.