Choose the Life Skill of Learning to Cook

Become a Chef - Choose the Life Skill
of Learning to Cook

Immediate Release - October 2022

According to research carried out by safefood, men and young adults have low confidence levels when it comes to cooking their own food. The survey which measured the state of the nation’s cooking skills found this group was the least able to put a meal on the table for themselves. Fussy eating and time pressures were identified in the research as being barriers to home cooking. 


On the plus side, the survey showed that keeping basic food cupboard ingredients and sharing cooking responsibilities were viewed as positive ways to encourage more home cooking.


Introducing the research, Dr. Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, Director of Human Health & Nutrition at safefood said:


“We don’t need to be a domestic god or goddess to put a healthy and safe meal on the table. However for most of us, food skill involves being able to plan meals ahead, make a shopping list, use leftovers and have some quick meal ideas in the cupboard.”


LEARNing to cook is A LIFE SKILL

Learning to cook is an essential life skill that we should all possess. It’s well reported that good homecooked food is the best way to be sure of what you are eating and will contribute to a healthy lifestyle.


If you’re going to be relying on commercially ready meals and takeaways to keep you sustained every day, you could find the weight piles on at the very least. At worst, the health issues associated with a fast-food diet are widely reported and can be fatal. 


But let’s not spread doom and gloom here. For anyone who thinks they could do with improvement in the kitchen, it’s possible and relatively easy to grasp the basics of cooking which can then be built upon, to grow a repertoire of quick and easy everyday meals. 


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Like anything, the first step to this happening is to want it to happen. The second step is to make it happen. How do you start?


In Minutes - Clodagh McKenna



Invest in a good cookbook that is presented in easy to understand style and goes through the most basic recipes, with scope to get adventurous as confidence levels rise. Clodagh McKenna’s In Minutes is packed with flavourful, speedy recipes that you can cook from start to finish in 10, 20 and 30 minutes, a cooking bible for those who are trying to manage a busy life.

Clodagh is the master of accessible cooking that looks good and makes you feel good. She is obsessed with simple recipes that encourage you to cook from scratch most nights of the week. Speed and simplicity are key.


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Dublin Cookery School



Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. Nothing gives you a better experience in cooking than doing it again and again and again till you get it right. And believe us, if the interest levels are there in the first place, it won’t take long for you to be impressing yourself. Confidence builds confidence. It all starts from there.






Cookery classes are of enormous value to first-time cooks and novices. Getting together with a group of other people who are in the same boat as you create camaraderie and support for each other’s efforts. It’s surprising how quickly group bonding and praise can raise confidence levels in the kitchen! 

There may be cookery classes near you. Check your local library for night classes. In the Good Food Ireland network, there are several cookery schools with teachers who love to share their knowledge with students of all levels. 


Ballymaloe Cookery School

For more advanced cooking enthusiasts Ballymaloe Cookery School offers a prestigious 12 Week Certificate Course, which covers a wide range of international cuisines and professional techniques.



some of the good food ireland® Established Chefs


Below is a selection of just some of the Good Food Ireland® chefs, many of whom own or operate their own successful restaurants.

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Frankie Mallon

Frankie Mall, Chef Propietor at An Port Mór in Westport, Co. Mayo.

JP McMahon, Aniar Restaurant, Co Galway
JP McMahon

JP McMahon, Owner/Chef and Patron of Aniar and Cava Bodega a Spanish tapas restaurant in Galway city.



Jerome Fernandes

Jerome Fernandes, Head Chef and Owner of Guine Pig in Dalkey, Dubli.

Chris Molloy
Chris Molloy

Chris Molloy, is a Chef at this truly family-run restaurant, The Lemon Tree Restaurant in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.




The Journey of a Chef

No two journeys are ever the same, but below we give you an overall process of what may be involved in becoming a chef. Becoming an accomplished chef is a journey of constant learning and improvement, it takes time, dedication and many hours of hard work but the reward is worth the sacrifice.

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