Tara Walker is a bundle of energy. She brings it to full use at The East Coast Cookery School, her home based cookery school, near the pretty village of Termonfeckin in Co.Louth. This superb purpose built home in rural setting is specially designed for learning about food and entertaining – Walker style. Expect the unusual. Be excited by the original. Embrace the innovative. Have fun.
Tara comes from a family of experienced hoteliers. She remembers growing up always being ‘hauled into the kitchen in emergencies’ at the family hotel in Drogheda. Despite her Business and Political education at Trinity College, which was meant to precede a high flying career as a stockbroker, her love of food and cooking remained. Extensive experience in the hospitality industry followed student days, including several years running and cooking in her own restaurant. A year in the UK helped Tara discover another major love of her life – her Yorkshire born husband Rob. Formal Cordon Bleu training in Paris honed her skills. Today she is right where she is meant to be, at home in this relaxed and friendly cookery school setting she loves.
The East Coast Cookery School kitchen is perfectly equipped for informative cooking sessions with quirky names and content. The ‘Healthy, Wholesome and Hasty’ hands on sessions are extremely popular. Thailand and North Africa are also featured in separate cooking demos – they introduce the group to the flavours and spices of exotic lands. Men only classes are fun. Kids love Tara’s workshops too. Seafood classes begin with Tara’s guided visit to the fishing port at nearby Clogher Head and the fish shop which has its own boats landing daily catches.
A local farm shop is also a destination visit before getting stuck in at the cooker. Sessions can accommodate 15 people for demonstrations or hands on cooking. Flexible downstairs space includes dining room and outdoor patio area. Here is a local girl using local produce, introducing her students to the joys of good food in a real family environment.