Dingle Cookery School
The emergence of Dingle as a gastronomic getaway has been one of the best things to have happened to Irish food over the last decade. More than anywhere else in Ireland, the town demonstrates a unified culinary culture, from artisans to restaurateurs to brewers to hospitality gurus. And when the Dingle Cookery School opened its doors, it was the sign that the town knew it had a distinctiveness and a culinary culture that needed to be shown and taught to people from around the world. Mark Murphy and Muireann Nic Giolla Ruaidh established the school, and the range of classes offered demonstrate real original thinking, not least the Catch and Cook Class, where the students go fishing in Dingle harbour, catch their fish, then bring it back to the school to see and take part in its preparation and cooking. And then, of course, they get to eat their catch. Now, that’s interactive learning.
Mr Murphy has acted as a Food Ambassador for Ireland, and his ambassadorial skills are nowhere better in evidence than in his work in the DCS, and promoting the school’s name at festivals and elsewhere.
For many years, a trip to Dingle for many visitors has also meant a visit to the local dolphin, Fungi. We reckon that for future visitors, Fungi will be playing second fiddle to the DCS when it comes to that trip to Dingle.
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