Kamalika Ranasingha of Multyfarnham Cookery School.

Multy Cookery School to train chefs of future

Multyfarnham Cookery School is hosting a series of hands-on summer camp cookery classes for chefs between the ages of five and 12 and separate themed courses for teenagers aged 13 to 16 years. The classes take place next month and will cover culinary challenges including Italian, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and baking and desserts. Participants will prepare and cook a main dish and dessert every day. All ingredients plus lunch and drinks will be provided and the participants can take home their dishes.

Due to the demand for the summer camps, which start on July 6, the school has added an extra camp for August – details on multyfarnhamcookeryschool.ie.

Kamalika Ranasingha said the classes are conducted in a “relaxed and fun atmosphere”, and in accordance with Covid guidelines.

Multyfarnham Cookery School also offers a range of adult cookery classes, (details on their website or phone 044 9371808 or 087 6271164).

This year’s on-premises classes start with a series of summer BBQ tips, followed by exotic classes as Japanese sushi making. Participants can do the classes as a demonstration or hands-on.

The school caters for team building events, girls-get-togethers or special occasion parties for adults and children.

Kamalika, who is from Sri Lanka, was introduced to the culinary arts at the age of eight by her grandmother and mentor. “That was the kitchen where my passion for food, its unique flavours and a zest for cooking without boundaries really started. I was free to explore and create and encouraged to do so. As a teenager I worked in my mum’s bakery and restaurant, which made me appreciate the joy food can bring to our lives.”

It is because of this early introduction to cookery that Kamalika is enthusiastic about passing on her passion to the next generation.

She began her culinary career at 18 and once she qualified as a chef, she joined several international five-star hotels and worked within different departments, honing her craft. Her success has been acknowledged by the numerous awards and citations she has received from her peers.

Kamalika and her husband Dan, also a professional chef, travelled the world before finally settling in Multyfarnham, a place they now call home.

Starting a cookery school and encouraging others to experience the wonders of the culinary world as I have experienced them, was the inspiration behind Multyfarnham Cookery School, says Kamalika.

The School has twice won the Best Cookery School of the Year Award as voted by the public. “It’s been hard work, but also extremely rewarding,” remarked Kamalika who added that winning this Award twice was “the icing on the cake”.

She wishes to thank “our loyal and satisfied customers – especially the children and the young at heart, without whose support we would not be here”. She looks forward to seeing many new and returning clients at their forthcoming classes.