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Kids Cookery Bootcamp at Ryeland House

Kids Cookery Bootcamp at Ryeland House

Monday 01 July 2013

All great chefs and foodies say they learned to cook at their mother's knee and, from my own experience, it is a skill you never forget. Nowadays not everyone has as much time to spend cooking with their kids as they might like and, as we all know, kids love messing around and get great satisfaction when they make something themselves.

For the first two weeks of July chef Anne Neary is running Kids' Summer Cookery Bootcamps at her Ryeland House Cookery School in the rich lush countryside at Cuffesgrange, about five miles outside Kilkenny. The camps run from Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.45pm, cost €125 per child, and are suitable for nine- to 15-rear-olds.

Anne Neary first opened her cookery school in 1991 in Ryeland House, a pretty country farmhouse built in 1845 which has been the home of the Neary family for over four generations. She has been giving cookery classes and demonstrations covering all subjects from 'A Taste of Italy' and 'Summer Salads' to the popular 'Fuss-Free Christmas'.

Anne is very popular on local radio, has written two cookery books, is on the Taste Kilkenny Food Trail and gives demonstrations at the annual Savour Kilkenny Festival.

The focus on the Kids' Cookery Bootcamps (of which there will be more later in the year) is on helping children to start to develop important skills that will help them throughout their lives.

"It is intended that on completion of this course that the individual will be well equipped with all the relevant skills and knowledge required to assist in the home kitchen. The development of learners' core skills is a key objective of our education and training."

The course will be divided into a mix of demonstrations and hands-on tuition. Each day the young people will learn to develop key culinary skills, a wholesome and healthy approach to food, and confidence in the kitchen.

How good will it be to hear little Johnny say, "What would you like for tea, Mum?"