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River Cottage star to open new School of Food in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny
One of the inspirations behind the world famous River Cottage restaurant, cookery school and TV series, Steven Lamb, and Kilkenny native Minister for Rural Development Ann Phelan TD officially opened the pioneering new School of Food in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, today (January 15th 2015).
Pictured is Cllr Malcom Noonan and Eddie McLoughlin Woolengrange Kilkenny.
Lamb is known to millions of TV viewers for his role in promoting the famous River Cottage food ethos in the UK which has helped change the eating habits of a nation and improve the welfare and sustainability of animals and fish.
The inspiring food expert – who recently published the River Cottage Curing & Smoking Handbook - cut the ribbon on the new School of Food which will train the next generation of Ireland’s professional and amateur chefs.
The school, part of the Town of Food project, is a significant and exciting step towards the development of Thomastown as a major food hub in Ireland. The school is based in a new food campus which will also include a community garden and a food business incubation centre.
Town of Food is a community led initiative, supported by LEADER, and aimed at promoting Kilkenny as a food destination. Its mission is to support the production and promotion of local, quality food as well as developing a top class national educational food centre.
The new School of Food will provide a wide variety of evening, half day, full day courses as well as ongoing part time training programmes. Starting from January 19th the courses include:
- Chef apprenticeship training
- Artisan training courses
- School food education programmes for secondary school students and teachers
- A wide variety of public classes covering food, lifestyle and wellbeing topics.
Some of the public classes on offer for 2015 include sports nutrition, vegetarian cooking, cooking with kids