Culinary Schools in U.K/Ireland?
Hello, I am currently looking to move out of my home city of Toronto, and of places I'm looking at outside Canada I am curious as to if they have any culinary schools.
I am looking at Edinburgh, or Cork. I am not dead set on these locations, but if anyone could give me any relevant information to any culinary schools in Scotland, Ireland, or N. Ireland it would be appreciated. Also if anyone happens to know, information about getting accepted to these schools it would help. Thanks for any advice offered, it will effect my desicion to move.
Depending if you're looking for a day course or a prolonged course, in Edinburgh there are two places that I'd suggest.
For a day course there is Martin Wishart's place. I think he's the best fine dining chef in Edinburgh at the moment and he has a variety of choices of course but you do pay for the name.
For a range of courses then edinburgh school of food and wine is specifically set up to teach this and is nicely located just outside the city.
Hope that's of use.
You could take a look at John Desmond's on Heir Island - way way west of Cork and not easy to reach. http://www.islandcottage.com/IslandCo...
It describes itself as possibly the smallest cookery school in the world but it's really something special and John is a natural teacher but also a marvellous classically trained chef.
Some time ago in a survey asking Irish chefs where they would eat, this tiny island restaurant came top of the list.
If you are considering culinary schools in Ireland I would suggest Ballymaloe certificate course. It isn't cheap, but it is well regarded. Mrytle Allen is kind of like the Alice Waters of Ireland.
Other than that, my understanding of professional chef training in Ireland is it happens through long courses, lasting 2 to 4 years, some of them leading to degrees, at various institutes of Technology around the country, such as the DIT in Dublin or the one in Cork