Annabelle Choi - What I love about Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland

May 24, 2012

While we're in the same place for the next few months we've invited guests to contribute to There & Here by telling us what they love about their favourite place in the world. Our guest this week is Annabelle from Vancouver, who is recently living in Cork, Ireland.

Photos from Ballymaloe Cookery School in  Country Cork, Ireland

What I love about Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland, is that it would be any food lovers dream life and ultimate fantasy of a business, and has inspired me in every moment since starting my twelve week cooking course.

The two things Ireland has always evoked in me since the first time I had the opportunity in visiting the beautiful rolling green hills (a good 5 years ago) has been the overwhelming sense of comfort and consistent feeling of serenity. From the cobbled streets and historic sites in Dublin, to the mystic and calming meadows and forests of Galway, Ireland’s different counties have always managed to capture my heart. This time around on my third visit back, the county of Cork made its way onto the list, partly because of it’s scenic landscape of farm lands filled with meadows of rape and barley, but in large part due to the opportunity to attend Ballymaloe Cookery School’s 12 week certificate course.  So far, the course has taught me more than I thought I could possibly learn in 4 weeks, from foraging, butchery, chocolate tempering, and sweet breads to laying a table for seven courses and knowing over 20 different grape varieties for wine making along with numerous techniques to wield in a professional kitchen. With 8 weeks left, I’m excited to see where it all leads me and to see many of the projects I have been inspired to start come into action.

Ballymaloe Cookery Students enjoying wine
Me (the only Canadian/Asian) and a couple of fellow students enjoying a glass of well deserved wine at the end of another busy day of cooking.

Annabelle Choi was recently living in London, UK, but has moved to Cork for the time being for this course. She will most likely be moving back to her hometown of Vancouver, Canada or San Francisco after she has completed her twelve weeks and has achieved her certificate.  She has plans to open up her own design and food studio upon her return, while also working in the food industry with her own catering business and interning in a few of her favourite restaurants.

twitter: @annabellechoi

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