Private Cooking Lesson and Optional Foraging Tour with a Professional Chef in the Irish Woodlands - Day Trip — CALL

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OFFER ID 1315448

Aymar, a France native, is a fun and energetic professional chef who is famous for his artisanal pesto! He believes in connecting with your ingredients before using them which is why a foraging experience with him (in season) is an experience to remember! He makes a delicious wild garlic pesto from wild garlic he forages himself. Aymar was born into a food-loving and foraging family that owned traditional French restaurants in Normandy. He grew up looking after the garden, picking wild berries and mushrooms from the forest, hunting, and caring for restaurant patrons. He then went to culinary school in Paris and moved to Ireland right after to study English. He bought a dictionary, learned 10 new words a day, and worked his way up at restaurants. He became the head chef at King Centric restaurant and eventually owned his own restaurant. His customers kept asking for a jar of his mushroom soup to take home and eventually Aymar started his own artisanal brand of food products that includes a variety of soups, pestos, chutneys and jams. His goal with his food is to bring depth of flavors from French cuisine using high-quality, local Irish ingredients, many of which he forages himself. Aymar lives outside Dublin in Kildare County, an area famous for the Tullamore whiskey distillery, the Kildare Village shopping outlet, and Japanese gardens, which are all a 5-min drive from Aymar’s home. It is a great way to break your journey if driving from Dublin to the South of Ireland or to the Wild Atlantic Way. Book a cooking experience with Aymar and join him at his family kitchen for a true gastronomic experience in his home using locally-foraged ingredients. Learn to cook a French-Irish gourmet fusion meal from recipes that Aymar has created and perfected over the years. Your hands-on cooking class will last about an hour and a half during which you will learn to cook three dishes from scratch. Enjoy learning about the tips and techniques involved in fusion French-Irish cooking and presentation before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Aymar (his children might also be present for the experience when they are around). Your seasonal menu may include dishes such as nettle soup, wild garlic Caesar salad with smoked ham and roasted pears, a main of baked hake with his signature pesto, or local meat like local Kildare lamb roast in wild herbs, accompanied by foraged ingredients. Your meal will conclude with a seasonal wild berries or a seasonal dessert creation. Aymar also offers an optional tour add-on for a tour of his artisanal pesto production facility followed by a private foraging experience. Please note that Aymar can accommodate a maximum of four people in his car for the foraging experience. If you are a larger group, you may follow him in your car.

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05/01/2019 - 12/31/2024
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Pricing is per person. Children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and children 4 and under are free. Please note number and ages of children at time of booking. Please note that all experiences are private and fully customizable. If your travelers have particular preferences or dietary restrictions please note this at the time of booking. Additional terms and conditions apply.
Note: This is a DAY TOUR with no hotel accommodations included. Advertised rate is cooking lesson only; additional tour options are available and can be combined. Price may vary by date of travel, currency rate fluctuations and tour option; please inquire for the best prices for your preferred travel dates. 1-6 guests (2-6 guests for cooking and meal only).

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