Essential Winter Cookery Course

10:00AM - 4:00PM
5 Days

Hands on

Sample Recipes: Lamb Shanks, Thai Green Chicken Curry, Fresh Berry Pavlova, Hot Passion Fruit Souffles, Dauphinoise Potato Gratin

€495

Future Dates

Lamb Pie

Spend a wonderful week cooking and learning about all foods wintry here at Cooks Academy.

This cookery course will suit you either as a total beginner or as a cook with experience. This may sound strange but most of us have a level of cooking nous that will put us in good stead for a week at Cooks Academy.

If you don't, then you will surprise yourself. You will learn the basics of classical cooking, along with a concise discovery of cooking methods and techniques, giving you the background to enable your skills to mushroom in the future. A great course if you're taking a break from your hectic work schedule for a week!

During the week we focus on seasonal recipes for winter which will bring a wholesome and warming feel to your cooking.

We supply you with a beautifully presented Cooks Academy course folder containing recipes, handouts and notes.  A great memento of your time at Cooks Academy and a lovely addition to the cookbook shelf in your kitchen.

What to bring?

Your own apron each day or if you'd like to we can supply red Cooks Academy aprons for €15.00. Also bring some Tupperware and a carrier bag to bring some of the goodies you cook home with you.

Savoury Scones  Catalina Chicken  Chicken Satay Salad  Squash pizza  Sweet Potato Dauphinois  Cashel Blue, Black Pudding, and Apple Tartlets  Rib Eye Steak with Peppercorn Sauce  Poached Pears in Red Wine with Ginger  Penne with Quick Sausage Sauce  Lamb Shank with Butternut Squash Puree  Irish Stew  Duck Breasts  Swiss Roll  Course Folder   Pickled Fennel Salad  Duck with Dauphinoise Potato Gratin

Testimonials:

"Spent the last week doing essential winter cooking and absolutely loved it. Both Darina and Eoin are fantastic instructors and level pitched just right for keen amateurs. We did roughly a main, starter dessert and side each day and most I will definitely use again. I felt so inspired I often came home and cooked more or at least plated up my food all fancy!! Loved all the extra little bits and pieces I picked up along the way from knife skills to where best to get certain ingredients/equipment to nutritional info. Also benefited from nice small group - met lovely people and small group means you get more out of it. Can see this being great for team building too. Highly recommend, would love to do more."

Jennifer O'Neill, Dec 2017

“It’s 3 months since I completed the Winter Essentials class and I have a waiting list of friends who want to come over for dinner. The programme gave me confidence to share what I learned and how to really enjoy the cooking experience. My wife keeps putting pictures of my new creations on Facebook. Now we have a list of friends who are on a waiting list for Sunday Dinners.”

Tim Brennan, Feb 2017 

"I learned so many little things that I feel much more confident about getting home and putting this into practice. My wife is going to love me even more!"

Tim Brennan, Nov 2016

"The high points were the enthusiasm of the tutors, making pasta (fresh), risotto, and lamb shanks for the first time. The sheer organisation involved is admirable. Darina, Eoin, and Jack were so pleasant are such assets. There was no low point, loved every second!"

Aine Grant, Nov 2016

"As a beginner it gave me confidence - I would give most things a go now!"

Fintan Byrne, Nov 2016

"Had a fantastic week on the winter essentials cookery course. Loved it. Great tutors and staff. Will be back for more"
Ray Thompson - February 2016 (via Facebook)

"Just finished the one week essential course today and this is really a five star experience! Nice people, good teachers and various recipes. Thank you for a great time!"
Sabine Kaiser - January 2015 (via Facebook)

"The 1 week essential cookery course caters for all levels - I have had so much fun and learnt volumes!! Im just gutted there's only 1 day left"
Ailis Daly - October 2013 (via Facebook)

“What a great course to attend, not only has my knowledge of cooking increased but my confidence of working with food. Excellent time spent”
Alan Smith

“I wish I had done this course years ago! I would recommend it to anyone”
Munnel Monomey

“Even the most experienced cook will learn from this course! Far more than just “Essential!”
Margaret Dunne

Why not check out our kitchens and the wonderful dishes that our students create every day, by browsing our Galleries on Instagram  and Flickr?

Want to get a feel for what's on the course? 

Take a look at our blog to find out about what went on, on Day OneDay TwoDay Three and Four and Day Five. Check out our recipe for Fruity Flapjacks here and our recipe for a delicious Pea Risotto too!

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