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The Kilkenny School of Food, Thomastown, aims to be an acclaimed training centre for aspiring and experienced professional chefs and a food hub for discourse, innovation and learning, achieved through strategic partnerships and community collaboration.

By 2020 the non-profit and self-sustaining School of Food will be a nationally recognised Professional Chef Training Centre delivering training at all levels in food, horticulture and the culinary arts, from seed to plate.

Professional Chef Training

The Level 5 Professional Chef Training course is delivered full-time over a 9 month period. This course is ideal for those wishing to begin their training as professional chefs in the world of tourism and hospitality. As a trainee chef you will be introduced to all aspects of basic culinary techniques and food safety. On completing this course you will have the basic skills, foundation and knowledge to further your career in an exciting and fast paced industry. Your training will cover the theory and practical skills required to begin your journey as a professional cook.


The School of Food has developed a one acre Market Garden. A wide selection of vegetables, fruit, herbs and salad crops have been planted for use in the Chef Training and Cookery classes. The produce is available in Supervalu, Thomastown and in a selection of local fruit and vegetable shops.

A portion of the garden has been dedicated to rare and unusual vegetables such as sweet potato, oca and yacón. These nutritious crops will be used to teach students new ways to prepare simple meals.