Growing Gourmets (12 - 16 yrs): 4 Day Course
Growing Gourmets is a course we’ve designed with your teenager in mind.
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We also have a very popular 5 Day Growing Gourmets Course available.
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Students aged 12-16 have the run of the kitchen here (with expert and humorous guidance from our dynamic team of tutors) as they spend every day creating delectable menus that they then sit down to enjoy themselves. Imagine coming home to the comforting smell of a full dinner on the way: a warm loaf of brown bread emerging from the oven, freshly rolled pasta, and a terrifically tender lemon and poppy seed cake to finish. One can dream! Well, dream no more as we will equip your teenagers with everything they need to know to make this dream a reality. (And they’ll have fun and make new friends while doing it!) Now there’s a gift that will make the whole family happy.
"Thanks for teaching me to cook!"
Thanks for teaching me to cook!
My family's seriously wanting me to cook for them now.
Sidhesh, Growing Gourmets Participant
Frequently asked questions
- What level of cooking experience do I need?
The beauty of how we design all of our courses is that anyone of any level can join us and learn heaps. While someone new to the kitchen will find support as they maneuver through new techniques, the more seasoned cooks in our group will thrive on all the pointers we offer for further improvement. Our personalized approach allows for really healthy breathing space in terms of suitability because we always teach our course material in a layered way and we know how to quickly adapt to a moving room. Constant, open-ended learning is one of the things we love the most about being in the kitchen and our tutors' enthusiastic teaching style and patience is a testament to that.
- What do I need to bring?
Please bring your own apron as well as 1 tea-towel. Also come with a pen ready at hand - while we provide individual recipe packs for you to take home, the gold lies in what we teach beyond the recipes and the notes you take based on your experience in your practical sessions. One more thing to note -- please wear sensible shoes! While these courses are certainly lively and sociable, we're still bustling around a working kitchen that's essentially in full swing and things can get hot and slippery. Other than that, we've got your back. Our Evening 1 Day and 1 Week courses are all-inclusive experiences.
- Should I eat something before I come?
Something light to help you start off with steady hands should suffice! Keep in mind that while you will indeed be sampling a little bit of everything we make throughout the class, it takes time to whip up what we've planned and the focus is always on the teaching and learning. (A fantastic exception to this would be our fab Pop-Up Restaurant Nights which you should definitely check out.) All food cooked in the school is intended to be eaten on the premises. For health and safety reasons, no savoury or unapproved items may be taken home.
- What if I have a food allergy or dietary restrictions?
Keep in mind that all of our recipes are guidelines and very adaptable so as long as it has been made clear at the time of booking, we should be able to accommodate your dietary needs with a delicious adjustment (a note can easily be included when you book online). Be sure to highlight if your food allergy is life threatening and if it is, you must bring an Epi-pen. Please also note that we are a busy school environment and while every care will be taken to provide a safe and enjoyable cooking experience for all students, the allergin(s) you are affected by may have been handled at some point previous to your arrival and there is always the risk of cross-contamination.
- What if I can't make it to a course or dining event that I've booked?
Note that if you cannot make an Evening Course, 1 Day Course or Pop Up Restaurant Night that you have booked, you are more than welcome to send someone in your place (16 years or older). There's no extra cost for this so just give us a buzz and let us know who to expect and we'll take good care of them. If this can't be arranged and you need to cancel your place, please take a look at our Terms and Conditions to see what rules apply to you. Please note that if you are booked on as a Cook's Club Member, the membership is non-transferrable and therefore your place on the class is non-transferrable. One Week Courses are reserved for the individual booked onto the course (e.g., if you aren't able to attend certain days, someone else cannot be sent in your place on those days). For our full Terms & Conditions, go to https://dublincookeryschool.ie/terms.
- Is there a discount to booking onto more than 1 course?
Look no further because it sounds like our Cook's Club is perfect for you. Check out
https://www.dublincookeryschool.ie/cooks-club for more info!
- Who typically takes this course?
We have both a wonderful community of regulars and constant stream of new students joining our classes. On any given course, you can expect a group of great diversity in both background and experience, many locals, and a good few travelers. What everyone seems to have in common though is that they are eager to eat and learn and be in good company.
- Is there an age requirement?
If you are interested in courses for young ones, we have a Growing Gourmet series (for 12-16 year olds) that you should check out! Otherwise, all courses are designed for adults. Our minimum age requirement for someone coming on their own is that they are at least 16 years old. If your child is younger than this and you think that he or she would enjoy the course, we'd love to have them on but they must be accompanied by an adult. Please alert us within the comments section of your online booking if this applies to you; note that our course fees apply to each participant, regardless of age.
- What is parking like in the area?
There is plenty of free parking along the curb outside the school around the corner on Sweetmans Avenue or Carysfort Avenue. There are also a few parking spaces available right outside the school that are free on both weekday evenings (after 7PM) and weekends (all day). For daytime parking during the work week, the cost is €5 for the full day. Please resist from parking outside the houses on Brookfield Terrace and Brookfield Place. Please also don't park on the grass verges opposite the school or on the double yellow lines in the area. For more info, go to https://dublincookeryschool.ie/find-us.
Your course itinerary
|09:45 AM – 10:00 AM||
Welcome to Dublin Cookery School. There’s a lot on the agenda every day so everyone is encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to the course start-time in order for the whole group to jump into action together!
|10:00 AM – 02:00 PM||
We generally start our classes in our modern, mirror-lined Demo Kitchen. The lead tutor will introduce our special plans for the day and then jump right in to the delicious tasks at hand. Our Growing Gourmet classes usually comprise of 3-4 Demo sessions which alternate with 3-4 Hands-On sessions with plenty of tastings in between. In our practical sessions, we organize the students so that everyone works in pairs with specific tasks assigned to each person. Everyone will receive their own recipe packs for all the dishes we cover and accumulate quite the collection by the end of the week!
|02:00 PM – 02:30 PM||
At this point, we’ll usually be executing the main dishes featured in the day’s menu which we turn into a lovely sit-down lunch.
|02:30 – 03.00 PM||
This is when we clean up and wrap up! On our last day of the week, the mood is quite festive and by this time, there will be many new friends made. Thank you so much for spending your week with us and we look forward to welcoming you back again very soon! We wish all our young gourmands many happy cooking adventures to come!