Japanese Friday Night Supper Club with Guest Chef Ken Komatsu
DCS is delighted to welcome Ken Komatsu as guest chef to our team this autumn for a Japanese-themed Friday Night Supper Club.
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Hailing from Tokyo, Ken Komatsu’s cooking is inspired by his grandfather’s own ramen restaurant in Yamagata, Japan.
He is one of the few Japanese chefs in Ireland with extensive experience in traditional Japanese food, or Washoku, the traditional way of cooking healthy and delicious Japanese food, which has been registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (an umbrella which represents the rich cultural diversity of inherited traditions in the face of growing globalisation).
He taught sushi-making at Japan's premier sushi college in Tsukiji, Tokyo, an area synonymous with sushi, sashimi, and seafood products of every variety, before moving to Canada where he worked as a private chef to a Hollywood A-lister. Moving to Ireland, he worked as Head Sushi Chef at Dylan McGrath's restaurant, Taste, before setting up his own business, Matsu Ramen, a pop-up that also collaborates with brands, including Roe & Co's distillery's launch of their special edition Japanese whiskey Sugi.
Japanese cooking is a terrific point of inspiration for wholesome and delightful meals, stirring up the kind of contrasting dishes that can satisfy any craving. Whether you’re looking for something uplifting and delicate or in the mood for flavours that are rich and saturated with umami deliciousness, we have something here for you.
We are delighted to welcome Ken to DCS this autumn for a very special sushi-filled Friday Night Supper Club.
Frequently asked questions
- What do I need to bring?
Please bring the following to class with you:
Aprons will be available in our shop if you prefer to purchase them from us.
- Should I eat something before I come?
Note that in all of our courses you will be eating the dishes you prepare in the hands-on session and everyone generally leaves us well-fed. Keep in mind that it takes time to whip up what we've planned and we recommend you eat something before you arrive at the school. As a point of reference, on our Morning Courses, we'll have our first taste at around 11:30 and for our Day Courses, we usually enjoy our first taste around 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM. On our Evening Courses, we generally sample our first few bites around 8:30 PM.
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 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.
- 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.
- What if I have a food allergy or dietary restrictions?
If you suffer from a severe nut, egg, dairy, seafood, wheat allergy or coeliac disease, please contact us before booking onto a course and we'll be able to confirm whether or not your specific course menu is adaptable. If we are able to accommodate, note that the changes will be made for the specific student in question but that the curriculum for other students will remain the same as the original. Please note that certain course themes may not be adaptable in order to stay true to the course theme and brief.
When making a booking, be sure to highlight if your food allergy is life threatening and if it is, you must bring an Epi-pen. If your food allergy is airborne and severe or life threatening, due to the wide range of course themes and events that we host throughout the days and evenings, our environment is not safe for you and we regret that we cannot accept your booking. Please 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, 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 a Morning Course, Evening Course, 1-2 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. Multi-Day Courses (3-5 days in length) are reserved for the individual booked onto the course or a single attendee (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?
We don't offer a discount on multiple bookings but we do sometimes run spotlight sales on various courses. If you would like to stay abreast of these surprise sales, just sign up to our newsletter. You can find a link on our homepage!
- Is there an age requirement?
All of our regular courses are designed for adults and our minimum age requirement for someone coming on their own is that they are at least in Transition Year (an exception to this is on specialized age-specific courses such as Growing Gourmets). If your child is younger than this and you think that he or she would enjoy one of our regular courses, 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 any of the above applies to the attendee; note that our course fees apply to each participant or attendee, regardless of age. Note that our Growing Gourmet Courses are for students Juniors (11-14 years of age) and Seniors (14-17 years of age).
- Do you have courses geared towards TY students?
For TY students, we have terrific 4 and 5- Day Courses here that provide a great curriculum for life skills experience; when booking on, please indicate that this is a TY student as this course is open to the public. We also have a Growing Gourmet series (for 12-17 year olds) that you should check out if you are looking for a course specifically geared to the younger age group!
- What is parking like in the area?
Metered parking can be found right outside the school Monday-Saturday from 8.00-19.00 and is available for €5 a day on the stretch from Brookfield Avenue up to the door of the cookery school, and on Sweetmans Avenue. Other spaces are available in the area on an hourly charge. 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
|06:45 PM – 07:00 PM||
Everyone is encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to the course start-time. After we sign you in, we’ll welcome you into our modern, mirror-lined Demo Kitchen where you’ll have a few minutes to get to know your fellow students before we begin. Our lucky Supper Club students will have the option of easing into the night's cookery demonstration with a glass of something special hand.
|07:00 PM – 09:30 PM||
This evening class is unique. In our practical sessions, everyone works in pairs with specific tasks organized per person. Don’t worry if you’re flying solo on the night, we’ll find you a partner in crime! Expect to get involved in preparing elements from the menu, after which we’ll usher you into our dining room. There, you’ll get to relax and enjoy everything that's been prepared, along with a Japanese beer or glass of wine or two, as we serve the rest of the menu to you restaurant-style.
This is when we generally wrap up, but our Friday nights sometimes run a bit later, with all the good vibes buzzing around the place!