Kinsale Gourmet Academy
14 October, 2014
The Kinsale Gourmet Academy at Ballinacurra House was officially launched by Mayor of Cork Alan Coleman and Chapter One Celebrity Chef Ross Lewis, as well a number of other names from Ireland’s Food Industry this week. The Academy will also feature a new Cuban Cocktail Lounge.
The Kinsale Gourmet Academy will be a unique cookery school that will offer individuals, groups or corporates the opportunity to come and learn how to cook like a pro in a positive, creative and stress free environment. It will showcase the skills of Head Chef David Rice in the private and exclusive environment of Ballinacurra House, against the backdrop of Kinsale with its rich history and culinary heritage.
The specially staged launch included presentations from the Mayor Alan Coleman a fun cookery demonstration with lots of banter from Ross and David, an outdoor food fair, cocktails by Havana Club in the Cuban Cocktail Lounge and entertainment with the fabulous sounds of soul legend Jo Petit.
Ross Lewis made particular note in his speech of the importance of food tourism and gourmet travel and the combination of Ballinacurra House and all that Kinsale has to offer is a “winning combination”. Ross also made note of the fantastic produce that Ireland has to offer and this will be part of the focus of the Kinsale Gourmet Academy with a number of twists.
“There is a definite “food movement happening in Ireland. The new Kinsale Gourmet Academy will be putting a major focus on artisan suppliers and fun, intimate and interactive classes with an a la carte menu of add ons such as private cocktail making classes, movie nights and a whole lot more,” said Ross Lewis of Michelin star restaurant Chapter One.
“There will also be residential classes and patrons can also avail of all the activities and attractions that culinary capital of Kinsale has to offer – it’s a winning combination and very different from what a lot of other schools can do,”