Modern Irish 2 Day Cookery Course

Introducing the Ultimate Modern Irish Two-Day Cookery Course

Are you ready to embark on a culinary adventure that celebrates the rich flavors of Irish Suppliers? Look no further! We are thrilled to announce the launch of our exclusive Modern Irish Two-Day Cookery Course.

Join us for an unforgettable experience where you’ll immerse yourself in the world of Irish cuisine, learning from expert chefs and discovering the secrets behind some of the most beloved Wicklow Escape dishes. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a complete beginner, this course is designed to cater to all skill levels and ignite your passion for cooking.

What sets our Modern Irish Cookery Course apart is its focus on contemporary techniques and innovative twists on traditional recipes. We believe in preserving the essence of Irish cuisine while infusing it with a modern flair, creating dishes that are both comforting and cutting-edge.

During your two-day stay at our picturesque location, you’ll be treated to hands-on cooking sessions, where you’ll learn to prepare a variety of mouthwatering dishes using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. From tender braised local beef and handmade pasta to delicate seafood and delectable desserts, our experienced chef Niall McSharry will guide you through each step, sharing their expertise and insider tips along the way.

A truly Immersive Experience

But it’s not just about cooking! We understand that a truly immersive culinary experience goes beyond the kitchen. That’s why we’ve curated a range of additional activities to enhance your stay. Explore the stunning woodlands and visit local food producers to learn about their craft.

Our residential cookery course also offers the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded food enthusiasts. Share stories, exchange ideas, and forge lasting friendships with fellow participants who share your passion for all things culinary.

At the end of your two-day adventure, you’ll leave with a wealth of new skills, a collection of recipes to impress your friends and family, and a deeper appreciation for the vibrant flavors of modern Irish cuisine.

Spaces for our Modern Irish Two-Day Residential Cookery Course are limited, so don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity. Book your spot today and get ready to embark on a culinary journey that will leave you inspired and hungry for more!

All You Need

Everything is included for this two-day event including your group dining, breakfast and lunch.


  • Two days of cookery lessons with one of Ireland’s leading head chefs
  • Learn some of our favourite Wicklow Escape recipes
  • Discover why sourcing sustainable produce is so crucial
  • Tips and techniques needed to successfully prepare and cook fish
  • Getting the rise – a masterclass in yeast bread baking, covering focaccia, and Guinness
  • Perfect Sauce and Jus – the art of emulsification
  • Braising Meat for melt-in-the-mouth tenderness
  • Pasta dough 101
  • Sweet pastry dough – soft and flaky
  • Working with Chocolate
  • Pastry for sweet bakes
  • Daily lunches, evening dining, breakfast on your second day comprising your own creations paired with contributions from the Wicklow Escape Kitchen and a takeaway box for enjoyment back home.
  • Plenty of teas, coffees and nibbles

Recipes include:

  • Pan roast cod, baby potatoes, brown shrimp, broccoli, white wine, focaccia & Guinness bread.
  • Braised Beef, chive mash, buttered carrots, Cavolo nero
  • Hot chocolate pots, caramelised orange, Creme fraiche
  • Handmade pasta – pumpkin ravioli,
  • Mushroom tagliatelle,
  • Lemon tart
  • Cheeese gougers
  • Pork belly bites

Recipes may be subject to change according to seasonal variation and supply

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Event Details

  • Start Date: Wednesday 15th November 2023
  • End Date: Thursday 16th November 2023
  • Time: 10:30 - 17:00
  • Duration: 2 Days/ 1 Night


Wednesday 15th November

10:30 am – Arrival, tea and fresh scones

Morning classes

Lunch 13:00

Afternoon classes

19:30 – Group Dining


Thursday 16th November 

09:00 a.m  Breakfast

10:00 a.m  Morning classes

13:00 p.m  Lunch

Afternoon classes

17:00 p.m  Take your goodies with you

What's Included

Pretty much all you need:

  • Arrival Scones and Tea
  • All your tuition and ingredients
  • Lunch
  • Evening dining experience
  • Garden Room Accommodation for resident guests
  • Breakfast and lunch second day
  • A take away box for you to bring home to friends and family to test out your new skills



There are numerous benefits to learning to cook with a chef, especially when it comes to our Modern Irish Two-Day Residential Cookery Course. Here are just a few:

1. Expert Guidance: Our chefs are seasoned professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in the culinary world. They will guide you through each step of the cooking process, offering valuable insights, tips, and techniques that you won’t find in a regular cookbook or online tutorial. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from the best and elevate your cooking skills to new heights.

2. Hands-On Learning: Cooking alongside a chef allows for a hands-on learning experience. You’ll have the chance to practice techniques, ask questions, and receive immediate feedback. This interactive approach ensures that you truly understand the recipes and gain confidence in your abilities. Plus, it’s much more fun than simply watching cooking shows or reading recipes!

3. Discover New Flavors: Our Modern Irish Cookery Course is all about celebrating the flavors of Ireland with a modern twist. By learning from a chef, you’ll be introduced to unique ingredients, flavor combinations, and cooking methods that you may not have encountered before. Expand your culinary horizons and discover a whole new world of taste sensations.

4. Local Sourcing: Our chefs prioritize using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in their recipes. By cooking with them, you’ll gain insight into the importance of supporting local farmers and producers, as well as understanding the impact of using fresh, high-quality ingredients on the overall taste and quality of your dishes. This knowledge can be applied to your cooking long after the course ends.

5. Networking and Community: Participating in a cookery course with a chef provides an excellent opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for food. You’ll have the chance to network, share ideas, and build lasting relationships with fellow participants. The culinary community is a supportive and inspiring one, and you’ll be able to tap into this network long after the course is over.

6. Confidence Boost: Learning to cook with a chef can do wonders for your confidence in the kitchen. As you gain new skills, master techniques, and create delicious dishes under the guidance of an expert, you’ll feel more empowered to experiment and explore your own culinary creativity. The confidence you gain during the course will stay with you as you continue your culinary journey.

Don’t miss out on the incredible benefits of learning to cook with a chef. Join our Modern Irish Two-Day Residential Cookery Course and unlock your full culinary potential!


Options available for residential and non residential guests

Double occupancy twin or double room €660 pps – early bird price €590

Single occupancy double room €750 or €710 early bird price

Day guest €415


Niall McSharry

Niall has over 15 years’ experience working in the restaurant industry.
Starting his career at Rathmullan House, Donegal, he learned the core values of the trade andwas inspired by the fresh vegetables from the kitchen garden and the locally sourced fish & game. This, coupled with the family friendly service, has stayed with him throughout his career. As head chef of Ardtara House, Chef Niall McSharry honed in his skills in fine dining.

Niall subsequently worked at the River Café, London, which he says is an experience whichshowed him how to “cook” from breaking down lamb legs to filleting wild seabass and making fresh pasta. The techniques he learned then are still inspiring his cooking 10 years later.

Combining a love of travel with a love of cooking, his career subsequently took him to work on private yachts across the globe. Taking him completely out of his comfort zone, he learned a variety of new dishes and techniques within an entirely new environment.

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