My experience at the 12-week course at Ballymaloe in 2014 is the foundation of my career in food. It's the base of the pyramid. It's where I not only gained the skills to cook professionally, but also realized that cooking and eating were, together, the first language of love and connection I learned in life.
12 WEEK COURSE PROGRAMME
The prestigious Ballymaloe 12 Week Certificate is based on a structured programme, covering a wide range of world cuisines and techniques. It equips students with all the necessary skills to start a career as a professional chef.Learn More
Upcoming 12 Week Courses
|12 Week Certificate Course September 2022||Monday 19th September - 10th December 2022||€13,195|
|12 Week Certificate Course January 2023||Monday 2nd January - 23rd March 2023||€13,295|
|12 Week Certificate Course April 2023||Monday April 17th - July 8th 2023||€13,395|
|12 Week Certificate Course September 2023||Monday September 18th - December 10th 2023||€13,395|
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A peek at the schedule of a typical day for the Ballymaloe 12 Week Certificate student. It's an early start and a busy day, but we guarantee you'll have lots of fun along the way!
What our Students Say
What our students say
I had there the best 3 months and it changed my perception and idea about food. The 12 week course helped me a-lot. Last year in May i took over the head chef position in Ballimagarvey Village, we won again this year Best Wedding Venue in Ireland , so I'm very proud. It was a huge effort from all the staff!
What our students say
Food is how I connect to myself, to others and to the places I land; Ballymaloe gave me the roadmap to create a life around an orbit I would never grow out of. It gave me the groundwork to be in food, period, not just restaurants or catering. The way I learned to cook, eat and connect on your program is an unfailing (and utterly necessary) through-line in a career that is often anything but linear. It was also among the best three months of my life. If I could go back and start the course...
Clare DeBoer and Jess Shadbolt talk about Ballymaloe
Past Ballymaloe Cookery School Students Clare DeBoer and Jess Shadbolt talk about their time at Ballymaloe Cookery School and opening their NewYork Restaurant 'King'.
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More information on our 12 week course
There's nothing quite like reading about the past experiences of the students who have already passed through our halls to get a real flavour of what it's like to study and live here.
12 Week Certificate students may avail of accommodation at the Ballymaloe Cookery School Cottages. There are also options for off-campus and local accommodation.
This area is designed specifically for current students, providing access to recipes, weekly lists, rotas, and upcoming events.