Ballymaloe: A Recipe for Perfection

Ballymaloe: A Recipe for Perfection

Ballymaloe: a world famous cooking school in rural Ireland.

Ballymaloe: a world famous cooking school in rural Ireland.

Tucked away in rural Ireland, between Waterford and Cork is an historic farmhouse that is home to Ireland’s premier cooking school. It draws students from around the world and gives them the culinary skills and experience to work anywhere. Ballymaloe Cookery School and Organic Farm is the ultimate way to immerse yourself in the arts of fine cooking from farm to table. There are three expansive kitchens there and teams of students are feverishly learning everything from proper chopping and prep work to how to bake breads and deserts to the finer points of fine cooking all ‘round.

Darina Allan is is a known powerhouse in Ireland. Not only does she run this amazing school and farm, she has nine award-winning cook books, is a frequent guest on international television with her own cooking magic and is an amazing entrepreneur. She understands the advantage of slow cooking and of slow and steady growth with her school.

What the students cook three days a week becomes lunch.

What the students cook three days a week becomes lunch.

“We are firmly rooted in the process of farm to table, here,” she tells me over fresh coffee and scones the students had made just an hour before.

This is not about short cuts. It’s about proper cooking with proven recipes. The ingredients are fresh, and if they aren’t grown on the farm they are locally sourced. But here they have chickens for the eggs they need and cows for milk that becomes butter and cream and cheese. This 100 acre organic farm has orchards and gardens and hoop houses for year round growing.

Fresh milk daily makes for cheese, buttermilk and butter weekly,

Fresh milk daily makes for cheese, buttermilk and butter weekly,

There are three expansive kitchens filled with students in small groups perfecting their skills. There are lectures and demonstrations and everyone takes their turn milking cows, tending to the crops and washing up.

Some of the many chickens at Ballymaloe.

Some of the many chickens at Ballymaloe.

Debra Shoal is one of the instructors now, but she took the course herself and sings the praises of all students learn here.

Those skills will pay of as they work in kitchens or even start restaurants of their own.

A cooking demonstration at Ballymaloe.

A cooking demonstration at Ballymaloe.

Aside from the cooking school there is a restaurant and a market, famous Ballymaloe relishes and sauces are in grocery stores across the country and there is a famous Ballymaloe Country guest house not far from the school. So whether you visit as a student, a customer or a guest, you’re in for a visit to a place where they seriously have the recipe for success perfected.

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