I like to apply the theory that you’re never too old to learn something new and no matter how qualified you are, there is always room to improve and develop your skills. This came in to play over the weekend when we were lucky enough to pay a visit to the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland.
Our resident, chefs, Wayne and Rhodri, myself and a few more, who upon hearing about our planned adventure couldn’t resist coming along, were treated to three days of incredible food and a sensory overload!
The school welcomes enthusiasts from all over the world, who all leave with a culinary education that is second to none. Whilst some students are in residence for 12 weeks, we were able to fit in three days at this wonderful establishment.
Based on a stunning, 100-acre organic farm, you learn a great deal more than how to cook, you learn how to grow, farm, cook, eat and nourish and we’ve come away with a wealth of knowledge and some great ideas to enable us to develop what we currently offer here at The Outbuildings.
Wayne and Rhod were able to select what skill set they wished to expand upon, and even though they have many years of experience running their own kitchens, both chefs want to become more involved in the “farm to fork” philosophy and it’s fantastic to see how the Ballymaloe Production Garden and Organic Farm sustains their cookery school. We would love to develop our own vegetable garden to become more self-sufficient and we were inspired by what can be achieved with a little knowledge and some elbow grease outside! We can’t wait for the weather to warm up to get outside and apply some of the principles we’ve learnt.
We’ll keep you updated on how our very own Production Garden develops and are so excited to put our new-found knowledge in to practice. From the point of view of developing what we offer on our menu, we are in the planning stages of creating a brand new professional kitchen here at The Outbuildings. It’s sure to allow us to expand on our ideas and let Wayne and Rhod’s expert skills be put to even more use. We’re looking to begin work on it over the next few weeks so watch this space!
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