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.
This 11-week culinary programme incorporates the skill and techniques required of the Modern Chef while giving students well-rounded education using modern techniques. Students will learn to cook a variety of modern and traditional dishes frequently found on today’s restaurant menus. The cuisines taught include classic French, Irish, ethnic, international. Recipes vary from sous vide lamb to cinnamon sea salt and caramel ice cream, everything we teach is currently on trend in the Irish restaurant scene.
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.
Our garden project is being co-ordinated by Regina Blunden, who leads the Community Volunteer Group. Team members are chosen through a volunteer program, the Tus Scheme and with occasional supports from Camphill Jerpoint.