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School For Irish Food Lovers
Mexican feasts, BBQ Pulled Pork, Indian Spices and Beer Crust Pizzas are all on the menu at the Cloughjordan House Cookery School next year.

The cookery school, based at the 400 year-old Cloughjordan House in North Tipperary, is unveiling the full programme of classes for 2014 today under the theme of 'Feast for the Senses.'

A memorable gift idea for food lovers, the Head of the Cookery School, Sarah Baker, has teamed up members of the Tipperary Food Producers network, along with well-known food producers and food writers from around the country.

Announcing the line-up, Baker said: “Feast for the Senses is our most ambitious programme to date. We wanted to design a range of classes that would appeal to both food lovers and those with an interest in trying new recipes and flavours, all hosted by well-known and highly regarded food producers and experts.”

Once a month for the whole year, starting on January 25th, a half day class will be hosted using seasonal and locally-produced food which is mostly grown in the Cloughjordan farm and garden. The class includes a three course lunch and is being run in association with Glenisk yogurts.

Pat Whelan from James Whelan Butchers, winner of the 'Online Champion' award at the Bord Bia Food & Drink Awards, is offering a hands-on class on February 15th. The fifth-generation farmer and butcher will be preparing recipes from his latest book, giving advice around buying, preparing and cooking meat.

For barbeque lovers, Brendan O' Connell, who is also known as 'BBQ Joe', will be sharing recipes for both meat eaters and vegetarians on April 5th.

Veronica Molloy, who has been making jams under the 'Crossogue Preserves' label since the 1960s, will be teaching the basics of jam, jelly and chutney making on June 14th. Meanwhile, Colleen O' Hara will be sharing tips, ideas and recipes for fish and shellfish on September 6th.

The founder of the Irish Food Bloggers Association, Caroline Hennessy, will be showing guests how to properly taste, match and savour Irish craft beer on October 11th, with recipe ideas. On November 1st, Arun Kapil from the spice specialists, Green Saffron, will be hosting a class around how to grind, blend and cook with farm-fresh Indian spices. Lily Ramirez-Foran, the food blogger behind A Mexican Cook, will be demonstrating how to plan, prepare and cook a Mexican feast on November 29th.

Other culinary highlights in the 2014 programme include a 'Cooking for Communion and Conformation Parties' on March 1st, 'Nutrition for Babies and Toddlers' class on May 24th and a Christmas Party themed class on December 13th.

Prices for the classes start at €85 per person and further details are available from Cloughjordan House also offers on-site accommodation, with special offers for Bed and Breakfast for those booking a cookery class.

Sarah Baker won the 'Emerging Businesswoman of the Year' Award at the Network Ireland Business Women of the Year Awards 2013, having won this category at the County competition which was sponsored by the Tipperary North County Enterprise Board.

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