The Kinsale Gourmet Academy is a unique cookery school that offers individuals, groups or corporates the opportunity to come and learn how to cook like a pro in a positive, creative and stress free environment. It will showcase the skills of Head Chef David Rice in the private and exclusive environment of Ballinacurra House, against the backdrop of Kinsale with its rich history and culinary heritage.
Balllinacurra House has been operating as an exclusive use private estate for private premium weddings and corporate events to great acclaim for 10+ years. And Ballinacurra House & Kinsale have become synonymous with fabulous food for many years.
“The new Gourmet Academy will further strengthen Kinsale’s reputation as the ‘culinary’ capital’. It was one the key factors missing in Kinsale’s bid as ‘Foodie Capital of Ireland’ and we feel it’s the final piece of the jigsaw which will further add to the prestige of the town,” said Ballinacurra House owner Des McGahan.
“Food tourism is a growing sector within Failte Ireland’s remit and this puts Kinsale firmly on the map to be able to offer gourmet tour groups a further reason to visit and stay in Kinsale, whilst incorporating a food demonstration or hands-on session as well as all the other elements on offer. It’s going to be different in many ways with David’s expertise and the added ingredients of our private property and the reputation of the town and the ambiance that both offer. ”
The 40 acre Ballinacurra House offers all the luxuries you would expect in any 5 star setting, with prime location, unique themed rooms, great service, world class activities locally including Old Head Golf Course. It has attracted a blue chip clientele that is looking for that special unique ambiance and quality that you cannot get by other standard offerings. The new Kinsale Gourmet Academy will compliment that.
Before joining Ballinacurra House, David spent 2 years working as head tutor at Dublin’s premier cookery school, Cooks Academy. This enabled him to extend his skills beyond just cooking, and develop further his people and teambuilding skills.
Prior to this, David worked as a senior chef at Dublin’s Michelin star restaurant Chapter One. Before that he was head chef at the Mustard Seed in Adare, Co. Limerick for three years. Whilst at the Mustard Seed he won Best Chef in Limerick at the Restaurant Association of Ireland awards 2010. In addition, the Mustard Seed won Country House of the year in 2008 and Best Use of Local Ingredients in 2009 at the Georgina Campbell awards.
The modern, industrial chic cookery school will become a hub of fine food in West Cork and it will create a place where foodies can come to cook, relax and learn in Gourmet capital of Ireland.
The Academy is fitted out with the top of the range equipment and support from Neff, Pallas Foods, Havana Club and Bosch.
Kinsale Gourmet Academy Courses
Our purpose-built cookery school has been designed with the student in mind. It is bright and airy, and has been fitted with the top-of-the-range domestic equipment to give the student the most enjoyable and beneficial cooking experience.
Our team of professional chefs and tutors will be led by David Rice (see David’s bio) and they are there to guide and inspire you to reach your culinary potential. We use the finest fresh, seasonal and local produce and combined with the skills of professional chefs you will learn many tricks of the trade.
What makes the Kinsale Gourmet Academy different?
· Small class sizes with personal attention from experienced professional chefs
· Classes led by award-winning Head Chef David Rice
· Chefs with Michelin-standard experience
· Small ratio of chef:student with no more than 24 students at any one time during hands on classes
· Separate outdoor kitchen with an authentic Italian woodfired pizza oven
· We specialise in Private Groups and creating the course that meets your objectives OR you can just come along to one of our scheduled courses
· Potential to add on unique experiences such as learning cocktail making in our dedicated cocktail bar – the Cuban Cocktail Lounge
· Walking distance from Ireland’s gourmet capital and premier tourist town Kinsale
· 5 star accommodation in the award-winning Ballinacurra House
· And all in the privacy of an 18th Century Estate
And since our classes are small, you get personal attention from David and his team so you can gain a lot more knowledge in a shorter period of time than larger operations, as well as making it a more practical, stress-free and enjoyable experience.
The school has been geared for multiple uses including hands-on practical classes, traditional demonstrations, dining experiences with experienced chefs or interactive corporate teambuilding sessions.
Kinsale Gourmet Academy Scheduled Courses
For individuals who would like to join a scheduled class, these classes are perfect for you to join in on your own … or bring a friend. You can choose from half day, 1 day, 2 day or 5 day courses and there are a variety of themes and styles. These classes are hands-on, allowing you get the full involvement in the cooking process.
We try to create a very social, friendly environment and everyone cooks as part of a team (so don’t worry about coming along by yourself).
And either during the course or after all the work is done, the whole group gets a chance to relax with their Chef at the School’s dining table and enjoy the fruits of their labour.
Private Group, Corporate and Teambuilding Courses
Ballinacurra House has specialised in organising events for Private Groups for many years, and it is this event management experience that we apply to the Kinsale Gourmet Academy which will make it unique in the Irish cookery school market.
So if you have your own group of friends or work colleagues and would like to do one of our scheduled courses – or a combination of courses – on a day that suits you, then let us know and we will work with you to design the course.
Or if you would like to ‘build’ your own programme, then this is where we are different in that we will learn what your objectives are and design the combination of activities to meet these objectives. It could be a combination of a cookery school course with a teambuilding event, a meeting, a visit to a local food producer, a fun outdoors activity, entertainment … and the list goes on.
We have a menu of options available for you to ‘build’ your own programme.
Kinsale Gourmet Academy Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
Tel. +353 (0) 21 4779040 Fax. +353 (0) 21 4779071