How long has the school been established?

Ballymaloe Cookery School was founded in 1983 and is Ireland's longest established private cookery school.

Who owns the school?

Ballymaloe Cookery School is owned by Darina Allen and her Children

Where does the name Ballymaloe come from?

The word Ballymaloe comes from the townland of Ballymaloe, where Ballymaloe House owned by other members of the same family is situated. The name itself comes from old Irish meaning the "Town of Milk and Honey", or "Sweet Honey".

Are the courses suitable for both men and women?

Absolutely. The ratio is approximately 65% female, 35% male depending on most courses.

What age are the students?

All ages, usually between 18-60, but we have had a 70 year old student!

Sometimes it is possible to have younger students (14 - 18) attend if accompanied by an adult. Students under 16 attending a demonstration only class are offered a 50% discount. This discount does not apply on practical classes however.

Do you have overseas students?

Our courses are very popular with students from all over the world. At any one time we may have Japanese, Dutch, British, American, Swedish, Australian and New Zealand students, to name a few, studying with us.

Will I need a visa?

You may need a travel visa, if you live outside the European Union, a standard 3-month tourist holiday visa will usually do.

Your travel agent will be able to advise. If you hold a non-European Union Passport, you may be asked to show our letter of acceptance to the Irish Emigration official with your passport. Please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website for further information. https://www.dfa.ie/travel/visas/visas-for-ireland/

If you intend to arrive early, please ensure your total stay is not longer than 90 days. If your stay WILL be longer than 90 days you MUST apply for a VISA before leaving your home country. If you try to apply for an extension while you are in Ireland you will most likely be refused.

As an overseas student, how good does my English have to be?

Our overseas students are advised to have a good standard of conversational English.

What sort of cooking will I learn?

Both classical and contemporary, we teach recipes and techniques from all over the world.

Does the School provide the recipes and food ingredients?

Yes. All ingredients and recipes are supplied. You get all the recipes to take home with you when you leave.

How many students are there in a class?

Classes are small. A maximum of 6-8 students with 1 teacher. There can be up to 62 Students for a demonstration, but for the morning practical class students are divided up between four kitchens having 18 students and with 1 teacher to every 6-8 students.

Do you have afternoon demonstrations?

Cookery demonstrations take place almost every weekday at the school from 2.00pm to 5:00pm and people who cannot spare the time to take an entire course often enjoy instead attending a demonstration session while a course is in progress. This can easily be arranged during both the l2-week certificate course and the many other courses, space permitting. The fee of €75 includes recipes and a taste of all the dishes prepared during the class. Booking essential.

What should I wear for a demonstration course?

Wear something casual, whatever clothes you feel comfortable wearing. You may want to bring walking shoes to explore the farm or the gardens.

Do I need to bring anything with me on a demonstration course?

We provide all the recipes you will need. It would be a good idea to bring a pen and a notebook.

What do I wear on a practical course?

If you are coming to a practical course you need to wear comfortable clothes and apron. Sensible, non-slip shoes are essential for the kitchen.

Do I need to bring anything with me on a practical course?

If possible bring at least one sharp knife. A filleting, chopping, and fruit/vegetable knife would be most useful. A wide variety of knives are also available at the Ballymaloe Cookery School Garden Shop or at the Ballymaloe Craft and Kitchen Shop

Overseas students must pack knives in their check-in baggage. Airlines do not allow knives to be carried in hand-luggage. You will also need to bring your apron for cooking. We provide all the recipes you will need. It would be a good idea to bring a pen and a notebook.

Do I need some cooking experience?

There is no problem if you have no cooking experience whatsoever; this is a cooking school; our job is to teach you. We want you to have lots of fun as you learn.

How do I get there?

Airport: Cork 25 miles approximately. All major car hire car company's operate out of Cork airport. Click here for detailed directions. Train Station: Kent Station, Cork 20 miles approx., Buses: Irregular service from Cork, TAXI: East Cork Cabs offer a special rate to Ballymaloe Cookery School students. Advance booking is essential. Tel: +353 21 4633444.

Are you in the grounds of Ballymaloe House?

This often confuses people - the Cookery School is not on the grounds of Ballymaloe House. We are located 4 KM from Ballymaloe House approximately 1 KM north of Shanagarry Village. Turn opposite the Church in the centre of the village. See Map

Where do I park?

We have ample parking in the Cookery School car park.

May I arrive the night before my class starts?

If you plan to arrive the night before a course commences, please let us know the approximate time of arrival so we can arrange to have someone here to show you to your cottage.

Are your cottages available to rent for a holiday?

The cottages are available to rent at Easter. Please contact Adrienne in the school office to enquire about availability.

Can you describe the accommodation?

The cottages adjoining the Ballymaloe Cookery school are self-catering. Kitchen and living space in the cottages are communal. Most bedrooms are en-suite. When you arrive we will have basic supplies in the cottages - bread, butter, eggs, tea and coffee. Please feel free to bring anything else you require with you. There is a Village Shop nearby which sells a wide range of food and basic supplies. Open 8am -8pm daily.

So what do I do about my meals?

There will be lunch at the school during you course. During our short courses we provide breakfast for all students in the cookery school from 8:30 AM Monday to Friday. If you are attending our 12 Week Certificate Course you can cook your own breakfast and supper in the cottages which are well equipped with ovens, hobs, dishwashers etc... Also you may visit one of the very good local restaurants.

Do I need to bring my own towels and bed linen?

No, bed linen and towels are supplied in the cottages on the short courses. On the 12-week course you may arrange to hire bed linen.

Do you have any sports facilities at the cookery school?

No, however there are local hotels that have gym facilities and we are very close to the beach.

As a student may I walk around the gardens freely?

Yes, as a student you are welcome to explore the gardens and farm.

Are there golf courses near by?

Yes there are a number of excellent courses:

Water Rock (Midleton): + 353 21 4613499
East Cork Golf Club: +353 21 4631687
Youghal Golf Club: + 353 24 92787
Fota Island Golf Club +353 21 488 3700
Cork Golf Club: + 353 21 4353451

Is there a beach close by?

Yes, we are very close to long sandy beaches at Shanagarry and Garryvoe. There is also a cliff walk from Ballycotton to Ballyandreen and onwards.

Are you in a town?

No, we are outside the village of Shanagarry. It is a 5 minute walk to the small village famous for its pottery. Please remember the Ballymaloe Cookery School is on a working farm so bring clothes suitable for country living. Leave your Prada gear at home!

So where is the nearest town?

Midleton is the nearest town and is approximately 10 miles from the cookery school. Cork City is also close by, a 30 Minute Drive.

How long are gift vouchers valid for?

Gift vouchers are valid indefinitely unless otherwise specified!