Certificate in Practical Cookery (4 week)

9.30am - 4.30pm
4 Weeks

Hands on

Our 4 week course will give you the skills to be confident in any kitchen. The 20 days of practical classes are fun and packed full of tasty recipes.


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  • Mon 7 Jan 2019
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Certificate in Practical Cookery - Video

On our fast track Certificate in Practical Cookery you will learn all the fundamentals of cooking within a concise four week timeframe. It combines daily, practical work and Specialist guest lecturers together with theoretical sessions enabling you to become a confident and accomplished cook for the rest of your life.   Perfect if you are looking for a professional culinary career, to start your own business or to cook with confidence for friends and family.

At the end of the course you will be thoroughly familiar with classical and contemporary cooking techniques enabling you to start to cook professionally for a living or as a serious amateur. Not only will you become a cook with flair and creativity but you will learn about other aspects of working kitchen operations such as menu planning and stock rotation, together with good leadership and communication skills. There is an emphasis on developing classical cookery techniques that meet the requirements and tastes of today's demanding, food interested consumers.

Cooks Academy has a reputation as the most professional Cookery School in Dublin. Participants enrol on the course with the objective of developing their skills and confidence either to further their cooking career or to become an accomplished cook for life.

“It covers all the essential core elements of professional cooking in a short space of time. It exceeded all expectations in terms of learning and I can’t wait to get practicing now! I would like to add that I found the standard of chef tutors to be extremely high. They are coming from experienced backgrounds, their enthusiasm for food and their passion was extremely inspirational. Thank you!”
Martina Haier, 4 week Practical Certificate, September 2013.


We uniquely focus on our students, their development, consistency, quality and value for money and that is why we can easily guarantee that you will leave Cooks Academy after 4 weeks with the confidence and knowledge: training and skill to succeed as a highly accomplished cook.

During the 4 weeks you will have a mix of demonstrations and practical classes along with skills sessions. To help you keep track of all this learning as part of the course you will receive The Course Study Book which contains hundreds of recipes - your lifelong culinary bible. We even have an e-Learning portal so that digital content such as recipes, videos, presentations, theory notes, etc., can be accessed directly on your smartphone or computer.

Just a few examples of what you will learn:Certificate in Practical Cookery

  • Stocks
  • Sauces
  • Pastry
  • Bread Making
  • Cakes
  • Jams & Preserves
  • Meat & Poultry
  • Fish & Shellfish
  • International Cooking e.g. Sushi, Indian, Thai, Italian etc
  • Mise en Place Knife Skills
  • Menu Planning
  • Wine and Food Matching
  • Food Hygiene and Safety
  • Food Presentation & Decoration
  • Special Dietary Requirements
  • Guest Lecturers including Celebrity Chefs and Food Specialists

Our renowned standard of teaching and reputation have resulted in many of our graduates being sought after by some of the best employers in the business. We get regular enquiries from restaurants and cafes all over Ireland, looking for potential candidates for positions they have available. We regularly welcome students who have travelled from abroad to attend the course.


1526_34_x_0x0..pngA key feature of the course is the Course Study Book containing hundreds of recipes. This carefully chosen content has taken over 50 years of continuous development by experts in the field. Now we are pleased to be able to offer all our students on 4 and 12 week courses the added/optional facility of e-learning which enables cloud based learning resources such as worksheets, recipes, videos, presentations etc. to be downloaded to or viewed on to a PC, notebook, tablet or smartphone.

This is of significant benefit to students as it facilitates additional learning in a modern, convenient and fun way either in house, while on the move or away from Cooks Academy. e-Learning is an optional resource and students will be able to opt out at no disadvantage to themselves should they wish.


1455_27_x_0x0..pngCooks Academy is centrally located in South William Street, Dublin 2, only a few steps from Grafton Street. It is easily accessible by public transport to anyone in the Dublin area and Dublin commuter belt on a daily basis. Accommodation to suit every budget is available and we assist international students or those from further afield in Ireland with their search for suitable accommodation.

The kitchens themselves are state of the art. Cooks Academy moved into it's current location in January 2011 having been located in Dun Laoghaire prior to that. Everyone has their own cooking station with ample space and we pride ourselves on the high standard of equipment and appliances available to each student. The facility is 4,500 sq. ft., filled with natural light and windows north, south, east and west. It is beautifully finished with oak and marble. Why not check out our kitchens and the wonderful dishes that our students create every day,  by browsing our Galleries: Instagram  | Flickr

Next Steps

If you like what you are reading then contact us and we'll send you a prospectus or even better please come and visit Cooks Academy. You will enjoy our friendly atmosphere and will be most welcome. We'll be delighted to show you around, introduce you to the team and enable you to see sample our facilities.


Rachel Hornibrook

Rachel Hornibrook - Little Muffin Blog

Rachel completed our Certificate in Practical Cookery and went on to set up her own blog - the Little Muffin Blog.

To read Rachel's story, please follow this link to our feature on how Rachel is doing now our Cooks Blog.

Kenny Armelles Kitchen

Kenny Armelle's Kitchen

Kenny completed our Certificate in Practical Cookery. He and his wife, Armelle, went on to set up their very own cake shop - Armelle's Kitchen.

Chanelle Clarke - Blue Plates KitchenChanelle Clark

Chanelle completed our Certificate in Practical Cookery and went on to set up her own Bespoke Catering Company based in Dublin - Blue Plates Kitchen.

Mark O BrienMark O'Brien - Chef and Food Blogger

Mark completed our Certificate in Practical Cookery, he went on to work with Jamie Oliver in London and writes his own blog - oaksmokeandbbqsauce

Jennifer OppermanJennifer Oppermann - Food Photographer & Stylist

Jennifer completed our Certificate in Practical Cookery and went on to work as a freelance foodie, stylist and photographer.


If you would like to enrol we will ask you to fill out a short enrolment form and pay a deposit of 10% of the course fee to secure your place.  The balance of the fees are due six weeks before the course start.


Many of our students travel from near and far to be with us. If you require accommodation in or near Dublin for the duration of the course we have a number of options available depending on your budget and we can help you to get the very best rates locally.  So when enquiring about our courses, be sure discuss your accommodation requirement with us.

A Typical Day on the Practical Cookery Course

No two days at Cooks Academy are the same but each day we aim to provide our students with the best experience in the kitchen.

The normal day usually starts at 9.30am and ends at 4.30pm, with hands-on cookery and breakout demonstration sessions throughout the day as required.

The cooking sessions will cover everything from menu planning and mise en place to discussing the techniques and skills for the day. Our tutors are always on hand to answer any questions from our students. Students then cook several dishes which are presented to the tutors for marking.

Following lunch, the students will often have another practical session with their tutors or guest demonstrators before finishing up for the day.

Dessert Masterclass 2

Cooks Academy has a reputation as one of the most professional cookery schools in Ireland. We have achieved this by ensuring a structured learning environment to our long courses.

We also recognise that different people learn at different speeds and that learning inputs often need to be communicated in a variety of forms and sometimes simultaneously. We ensure that there is adequate time to repeat modules as "Practise builds Confidence".

The typical day contains a variation to ensure motivational levels remain high while providing enough time to make sure everyone gets through the day in a structured way but without taking the fun out of it.

Who's It For? Spinach Wellington

This course will suit you perfectly if you want to take your passion for cookery to the next level or are thinking about entering a career in hospitality or catering. It teaches you all the fundamentals of cooking enabling you to cook and cater with confidence.  You will build a book of many recipes that you can refer to after the course; these will include Fish, meat, vegetable, international cuisines, desserts, soups and many more.  You will develop skills to include knife skills, wine matching, jam making, yeast bread, cake decorating and food safety, and more!

You don't have to be considering a career in food and cooking to do the course. Many people do it just because they have the passion and want to bring their interest in cooking to the next level and develop a life skill that will be with them forever.

There is no minimum or maximum age limit.

Give us a call and we will answer any questions you  might have - +353 [0]1 611 1667

Certificate in Practical Cookery - Testimonials

We've put together a selection of just some of the wonderful things recent Graduates of the Certificate in Practical Cookery have said about it.  There is more information in our Blog also.

"Sincere thanks to one and all for making the four weeks a truly inspiring experience... truly worthwhile and invigorating - that has truly given me amazing confidence to forge ahead with not just my plans but rekindled the enjoyment t I get from cooking and the bottle to tackle anything in the culinary field ...... My gut feeling when I visited your school the first day to see what it could offer based on my needs could not have been more spot on...but has surpassed my expectation. So to you and Vanessa a sincere thank you.."
Ann Cosgrove, 4 Week Practical Certificate, July 2015


"I completed the 4 week course 1 year ago, during September 2013. Wow, what a difference good tuition makes! The standard of my cooking has increased month on month and I enjoy home cooking even more, with regular Sunday family meals for 12 or more people. What a change to have a 3 course meal prepared, cooked and served without fuss, allowing me time to enjoy the company of our visitors. And if everyone is running late (it happens), then no problem, we learned how to take control and handle most eventualities. I enjoyed it so much that my kids have attended their own week long courses in Cooks Academy and are they taking their turns cooking family meals. I highly recommend this course - it stands the test of time."
Enda Kyne, 4 week Practical Certificate, September 2013

“It covers all the essential core elements of professional cooking in a short space of time. It exceeded all expectations in terms of learning and I can’t wait to get practicing now! I would like to add that I found the standard of chef tutors to be extremely high. They are coming from experienced backgrounds and their enthusiasm for food and their passion was extremely inspirational. Thank you!”
Martina Haier, 4 week Practical Certificate, September 2013.

"All the staff; Claudia, William, Nicola, Kieron, Garrett, Helen, Holly and Niamh were all very nice and pleasant. Overall a very good experience. A welcome to Pamela. Vanessa you run a good school. Well done."
Phil Bourke, 4 week Practical certificate, September 2013.

''Really enjoyed the 4 week course, and learned a lot in such a short time. Passionate and inspiring  tutors. Memories which you will never forget!''
Nina Muth, 4 week Practical Certificate, July 2013.

''I am very happy to choose Cooks Academy to attend my course..It was an amazing journey with a friendly workplace, staff and all. After four weeks it's sad to say goodbye to all of them..''
Ritish, 4 week Practical Certificate, July 2013.

''Loved the month, wished it could have been longer. Tutors on the course have a magnificent approach.''
Justin Keogan, 4 week Practical Certificate, July 2013.

''Very comprehensive, practical course. Tutors are excellent and make the course enjoyable. Would recommend it highly.''
Yvonne Keogh, 4 week Practical Certificate, July 2013.

''Before I came to Cooks Academy, I had very little culinary skills and could only cook fish fingers, now I have the knowledge and skills to cook a wide variety of food. An excellent course, which I would definitely recommend.''
Anne Hayden, 4 week Practical Certificate, July 2013.

"I can't sing my praises for Cooks highly enough. When I did my cert course I had the most incredible tutor in Eleanor Martin. She was a huge support to me and she also gave me the confidence that I could pursue anything afterwards with becoming a chef. I found it to be a perfect balance of practical cooking.Since I did the course I have had a number of jobs. I was the personal chef for the Le Brocquys, I helped with all aspects of the creation of Appetiser for Derry Clarke, I ran a 4 star chalet in the Alps, I joined Noel's recruitment and got to work in the Guinness storehouse events kitchen and now I'm living in Cannes as a free lance chef between yachts and villas, it's the life!!
Chanelle Clarke, Apr '11

'Preparation of the ingredients and tools for the job ourselves made the actual cookery more enjoyable'
Peter Sept '10

'I have to admit that I did not believe that 20 days would be enough to gain knowledge in the kitchen. After being part of this course and the attentiveness of the tutors I can now continue my dream of becoming a chef'
Noel Sept '10

"Thanks to the Cooks Academy training, it helped me start a food business and two of my products won prestigious awards (Bord Bia & Great Taste). Since then I've moved on and have two food blogs and am about to start a new food venture with my husband. So it's with great pride I call myself a Cooks Academy Alumni Student."
Marian Hearne Sept '06

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