By Melanie May
Sick of making the same meals again and again? Need a little ingredient inspiration? Or perhaps you are finally moving out of home (hurrah) and you want to learn how to cook nutritious and delicious meals, so you don’t have to live on instant noodles. Well, Chef Ciara Fennessy is here to show you how.
Ciara trained in Ballymaloe under the watchful gaze of Darina and Rachel Allen. She then went on to work in Avoca making pastries before moving on to Brambles Café. Whilst working in these kitchens, she also taught classes and workshops in different cookery schools. As you can see, she likes to keep busy.
Ciara really enjoyed teaching so, eventually, she opened up her own business, Ciara’s Kitchen in the beautiful village of Delgany in Co Wicklow.
Ciara’s Kitchen is a fabulously well-equipped demonstration kitchen where small groups used to come along, hang out and watch Ciara cook up delicious dishes, moreish meals and scrumptious sweet treats. Of course, nowadays, as with many businesses, Ciara has had to pivot her in-person demos to online, and she now offers cookery demos and cook-alongs via Zoom, which are proving very popular.
Ciara is warm and welcoming with a wonderful sense of humour and approachable teaching and cooking style. She makes everything look so easy and effortless and she really instils confidence in your ability to do the same.
As Ciara cooks, you learn techniques, tips and tricks to help you in the kitchen, no matter how big or small your kitchen may be. You’ll pick up tips on everything from how to plan your meals, how to cook fish and how to elevate the flavour of your food.
There are demos on all different topics, too, including cooking with teens, cooking with kids, entertaining and batch cooking. Best of all, the cooking demonstrations are for all skill levels! Yes, even those of you who think you can’t cook. Ciara will have you whipping up a feast by the end of the demo.
When you sign up for a course, you can decide to just watch and learn or you can cook-along with Ciara. In advance of the class, you’ll receive the recipes so you can buy and prep the ingredients needed to create the dishes. Then, during the one-hour Zoom demo, Ciara will show you how to make three delicious dishes. It’s just like having your own personal chef in your home!
Ciara is also available for corporate bookings or team building events.