Catherine Fulvio’s Cookery School

Welcome to our state of the art award winning cookery school, nestled between lush herb, vegetable and soft fruit gardens Ballyknocken Cookery School Wicklow is owned and managed by Irish Celebrity Chef Catherine Fulvio.

We are conveniently located a mere 47 km from Dublin.  Catherine Fulvio herself  a Wicklow native fulfilled a dream when she converted the old milking parlour into a cookery school that has since gone from strength-to-strength, being voted ‘the winner of the International Cordon D’Or Culinary Academy of the year. Our equipment is to the highest standard featuring the latest state of the art ovens from Whirlpool Ireland.


If you share our passion for good food and would like to develop new skills in the kitchen then our popular cookery classes are a must. Our year round cookery calendar features a vast array of  unique cookery classes to suit all levels of skills and experience. If you are a novice chef or a more experienced cook we are sure to have a beginner cookery class or a more advanced class to suit.

Our classes are specifically tailored as follows:

  • Baking classes
  • Italian Cooking
  • Entertainment made easy
  • Family cooking classes
  • Vegetarian cooking
  • Foraging classes
  • Super food cooking
  • Gluten free classes


Special Taste The Island Events


Saturday September 14th  2019

10.00am -12.30pm

This is a unique opportunity to visit Ireland’s largest and most renowned herb grower, O’Hanlon Herbs, which also coincidentally happens to be the neighbouring farm to Ballyknocken in our village in Glenealy.  You will enjoy a tour and learn how herbs are produced from seed to pot to supermarket. You’ll learn all about the ordinary and the extraordinary of the herb world – truly fascinating.

Then we return to Ballyknocken Cookery School, where we welcome you with  tea, lemon balm scones and blueberry and lavender jam.

Then it’s aprons on and we learn how to use herbs to enhance our dishes. We make a light lunch for us all to enjoy and some herb and edible flower butter to take home

Cost: €50.00pp


Friday October 11th 2019

10.00am -12.30pm

Autumn a time of abundance in harvest, is also a time to stock up for the winter. The gardens are overflowing with bounty and now is the time to make relishes and preserves.  We are proud to introduce an amazing Wicklow producer, The Birds and The Teas.  Olive will share her passion for preserves and chutney making, giving you insightful tips. Then it’s aprons on and taking influence from our kitchen garden, we all make our own relish to take home. We also learn how to make delicious cheese biscuits and cinnamon apple crisps.

We finish with a glass of wine and a tasting of award winning Wicklow Farmhouse cheese from John Hempenstall’s farm at Curranstown, paired with Olives relishes and some delicious homemade cheese biscuits

Cost: €50.00pp

  • Pre-payment & Booking is require
  • Subject to availability
  •  To book: 0404 44627

The Ballyknocken Cookery School Tutors

Our expert team of Ballyknocken Cookery School Tutors are all well established professionals in their field. Each fantastic tutor brings a myriad of ideas and wealth of experience to every cookery class they teach.  Under the excellent guidance of Catherine Fulvio, our class plans and recipe packs are lovingly designed to give each participant the maximum benefit from their cookery class with a host of new cooking skills and full repertoire of exciting new  recipes.


Catherine  Fulvio

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Catherine, herself a Wicklow native,  learned her cooking skills from her mother and then trained professionally.  Her naturally vivacious personality and pure infectious enthusiasm for food is apparent in every class she teaches.  Catherine  hosts a variety of classes all year round offering mouth-watering dishes while at the same time they dispense helpful advice.

Catherine is highly acclaimed for her hands on, no- fuss style of cookery, using the freshest ingredients possible. She believes that cooking should fun and her easy approach together with recipes that encourage those who normally shy away from cookery is a winning combination

Sharon Bradford

After graduating from Silwood Kitchen Cordon Bleu School in Cape Town, I worked for a number of  5* establishments like the Mount Nelson Hotel and Kelvin Grove Club, after which I started my own catering business mainly doing business luncheons in Natal.  However, Cape Town was always the preference and as a family we headed back and I worked with “The Queen of Weddings” – Rosemary Sanders who had a cookery school during the winter months and did wedding catering during the long summer days.

After relocating to Ireland 15 years ago, I brought many years of creative skills; recipe developing and testing, food styling, cake decorating, new and trendy baking techniques and teaching.  I especially love teaching my favourite subjects like Dinner Party /Entertaining, Baking Classes  and of course  my always entertaining Hen Parties!!


Paul Smith

“I am a registered teacher with the Department of Education and FSAI.
I have been teaching since 1992 and have taught in New York as well as Ireland.
Some of my many career highlights would be cooking for the American President of the time  Bill Clinton and the Irish President Mary Robinson, as well as catering for the Irish Government in Avondale House. I have also appeared on T.V. in America, Canada and Ireland.

I love teaching & have taught kids from 4 years of age up, as well as for Rehab Care, Enable Ireland, T.Y. Students, Open Prisons, Springboard, FAS, Wicklow County Childcare and Wicklow County Partnership as well as 1 to 1 classes.

My Career has spanned many different countries and Continents including; England, France, Germany, New York and of course Ireland. I currently own and run the award winning “Mystic Celt Restaurant” in Wicklow Town.”