Basic ingredients: Lynda Booth’s cookery school in Blackrock, Co. Dublin has a bright “art gallery” like ambience where aspiring cooks can try their hand at a variety of cookery styles. Courses include Cooking for Friends, Man in the Kitchen, Focus on Fish, BBQ, One Pot Wonders and Baking one day courses (on Saturdays from €150); evening courses (from €50) include Chocolate, Modern Vegetarian, Knife Skills and The Spice Trail to name but a few more. Lynda trained at Ballymaloe and worked in kitchens such as Raymond Blanc’s at Le Manoir. Celebrity tutors include the likes of Atul Kochhar, Oliver Dunne and Sunil Ghai.
They say: People love cooking with us. They love the air and light and space of the school. They love not feeling intimidated. They love the quality of the ingredients. They love working on top of the range equipment. They love the passion and skill of the DCS team. They love feeling inspired.
We say: DCS sets the standard for cookery schools in the capital of a country that has a passion for such places. There is a dynamic programme of courses, with the week courses offering good value for money at €395. The 12-week Certificate course is particularly suited to school leavers looking for a culinary foundation and those who have an interest in pursuing a career in the food industry.
(01) 2100 555; www.dublincookeryschool.ie