Certificate in Practical Cookery
A Fast-track program that ensures all students are thoroughly familiar with classical and contemporary cooking techniques thus enabling graduates to start to cook professionally or as a serious amateur.
On our fast track Certificate in Practical Cookery you will learn all the fundamentals of cooking within a concise four week timeframe. It combines daily, practical work and Specialist guest lecturers together with theoretical sessions enabling you to become a confident and accomplished cook for the rest of your life. Perfect if you are looking for a professional culinary career, to start your own business or to cook with confidence for friends and family.
At the end of the course you will be thoroughly familiar with classical and contemporary cooking techniques enabling you to start to cook professionally for a living or as a serious amateur. Not only will you become a cook with flair and creativity but you will learn about other aspects of working kitchen operations such as menu planning and stock rotation, together with good leadership and communication skills. There is an emphasis on developing classical cookery techniques that meet the requirements and tastes of today's demanding, food interested consumers.
Cooks Academy has a reputation as the most professional Cookery School in Dublin. Participants enrol on the course with the objective of developing their skills and confidence either to further their cooking career or to become an accomplished cook for life.
Our Unique Offering
We uniquely focus on our students, their development, consistency, quality and value for money and that is why we can easily guarantee that you will leave Cooks Academy after 4 weeks with the confidence and knowledge: training and skill to succeed as a highly accomplished cook.
During the 4 weeks you will have a mix of demonstrations and practical classes along with skills sessions. To help you keep track of all this learning as part of the course you will receive The Course Study Book which contains hundreds of recipes - your lifelong culinary bible. We even have an e-Learning portal so that digital content such as recipes, videos, presentations, theory notes, etc., can be accessed directly on your smartphone or computer.
Just a few examples of what you will learn:
- Bread Making
- Jams & Preserves
- Meat & Poultry
- Fish & Shellfish
- International Cooking e.g. Sushi, Indian, Thai, Italian etc
- Mise en Place Knife Skills
- Menu Planning
- Wine and Food Matching
- Food Hygiene and Safety
- Food Presentation & Decoration
- Special Dietary Requirements
- Guest Lecturers including Celebrity Chefs and Food Specialists
Our renowned standard of teaching and reputation have resulted in many of our graduates being sought after by some of the best employers in the business. We get regular enquiries from restaurants and cafes all over Ireland, looking for potential candidates for positions they have available. We regularly welcome students who have travelled from abroad to attend the course.
Optional Extra: eLearning
A key feature of the course is the Course Study Book containing hundreds of recipes. This carefully chosen content has taken over 50 years of continuous development by experts in the field. Now we are pleased to be able to offer all our students on 4 and 12 week courses the added/optional facility of e-learning which enables cloud based learning resources such as worksheets, recipes, videos, presentations etc. to be downloaded to or viewed on to a PC, notebook, tablet or smartphone.
This is of significant benefit to students as it facilitates additional learning in a modern, convenient and fun way either in house, while on the move or away from Cooks Academy. e-Learning is an optional resource and students will be able to opt out at no disadvantage to themselves should they wish.
Cooks Academy Facility
Cooks Academy is centrally located in South William Street, Dublin 2, only a few steps from Grafton Street. It is easily accessible by public transport to anyone in the Dublin area and Dublin commuter belt on a daily basis. Accommodation to suit every budget is available and we assist international students or those from further afield in Ireland with their search for suitable accommodation.
The kitchens themselves are state of the art. Cooks Academy moved into it's current location in January 2011 having been located in Dun Laoghaire prior to that. Everyone has their own cooking station with ample space and we pride ourselves on the high standard of equipment and appliances available to each student. The facility is 4,500 sq. ft., filled with natural light and windows north, south, east and west. It is beautifully finished with oak and marble.
If you like what you are reading then contact us and we'll send you a prospectus or even better please come and visit Cooks Academy. You will enjoy our friendly atmosphere and will be most welcome. We'll be delighted to show you around, introduce you to the team and enable you to see sample our facilities.
If you would like to enrol we will ask you to fill out a short enrolment form and pay a deposit of 10% of the course fee to secure your place. The balance of the fees are due six weeks before the course start.
Many of our students travel from near and far to be with us. If you require accommodation in or near Dublin for the duration of the course we have a number of options available depending on your budget and we can help you to get the very best rates locally. So when enquiring about our courses, be sure discuss your accommodation requirement with us.
A Typical Day on the Practical Cookery Course
No two days at Cooks Academy are the same. If we are not on an away trip or having a special lecture with a guest speaker then the normal day starts at 9.30am and ends at 4.30pm. The majority of the cooking part of the course consists of hands on cookery with breakout demonstration sessions throughout the day as required. This allows for vital rest and thinking time.
- 09.30 Plan the menu for the day;
- Discuss the ingredients, techniques and skills that will be used for the day.
- Demonstration of the recipes to be cooked, followed by a Q&A session.
- 10.00 Mise en place. Supervised practical session where you will cook several dishes.
- 12.30 Present dishes to tutors for marking.
- 13.00 Lunch – possible the dishes you have just prepared.
- 13.45 Demo and practical session with Tutor or Guest Demonstrator.
- 16.40 End of day.
Cooks Academy has a reputation as one of the most professional cookery schools in Ireland. We have achieved this by ensuring a structured learning environment to our long courses. We also recognise that different people learn at different speeds and that learning inputs often need to be communicated in a variety of forms and sometimes simultaneously. We ensure that there is adequate time to repeat modules as 'Practise builds Confidence'. So in summary the typical day contains variation to ensure motivational levels remain high while providing enough time to make sure everyone gets through the day in a structured way but without taking the fun out of it.
Who's It For?
This course will suit you perfectly if you want to take your passion for cookery to the next level or are thinking about entering a career in hospitality or catering. It teaches you all the fundamentals of cooking enabling you to cook and cater with confidence. You will build a book of many recipes that you can refer to after the course; these will include Fish, meat, vegetable, international cuisines, desserts, soups and many more. You will develop skills to include knife skills, wine matching, jam making, yeast bread, cake decorating and food safety, and more!
You don't have to be considering a career in food and cooking to do the course. Many people do it just because they have the passion and want to bring their interest in cooking to the next level and develop a life skill that will be with them forever.
There is no minimum or maximum age limit.
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Last updated April 7, 2016