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  1. Aileen O'Brien
    Oct 11, 2010 @ 12:14:38

    Check out some great new courses which TV Chef Catherine Fulvio is doing!


    Inspired by her recent visit to The Eternal City, TV chef, food writer and owner of Ballyknocken House and Cookery School in Wicklow, Catherine Fulvio will run a Roman themed cookery course at her acclaimed cookery school on Sat, 23rd of October and Sat, 21st of November. The course, called Catherine’s Roman Holiday has been named after her RTE television series and will include some great tasting recipes from the programme including Artichoke and Pancetta Pizza, Potato Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Sauce, Penne with Vodka Sauce and Saltimbocca alla Romana among others.

    Students will have the opportunity to watch Catherine prepare and cook a delectable feast and then they too will be invited to try their hand at some of the dishes.

    This half day course starts at 9.30am and runs until 1.30pm and includes great cooking demonstrations, interactive and hands on cooking and the best bit….the opportunity to eat everything you’ve cooked for lunch! (Price €110)

    Ballyknocken House and Cookery School is owned and run by Catherine and is situated in the pretty village of Glenealy, near Ashford, Co. Wicklow. Catherine and her family have lived here on the family farm for three generations. She is a Wicklow native and credits her cooking skills from her mother which then perfected at Ballymaloe Cookery School. The Italian surname is courtesy of her husband, Claudio who is originally from Sicily and whose family still live there. Catherine’s many visits to her extended family have inspired her style of cooking and love of all things Italian.

    Catherine is enthusiastic to share her two greatest culinary passions with her students, great family dining recipes and uncomplicated, simply delicious food. Students will be treated to a ‘no fuss, no bother’ approach to preparing authentic Italian dishes and will come away energised and truly inspired by this bubbly and vivacious chef.

    As well as being a teaching chef and cookery series presenter, Catherine is an accomplished writer and her new book, Catherine’s Italian Kitchen’ is in shops now. Published by Gill & McMillan the book shares some of Catherine’s favourite Italian recipes which she has gathered up from her Italian in laws and her regular visits to Italy.

    Many guests like to stay over the evening before a class so they can really relax and be energised and ready for their culinary adventure the following morning. The multi award winning 19th century, Victorian guest house is the perfect sanctuary for those wishing to escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. The house itself is the original family home on the farm and is quaint and very elegant. All of the bedrooms include free standing baths, brass beds and the rooms are individually decorated and include original antiques and art work.

    The school itself is located in the converted milking parlour of the farm and incorporates state of the art appliances and a superior cookery demonstration area for maximum views for all students.

    Located just 29 miles south of Dublin city centre yet in a stunning rural location, Ballyknocken is a wonderful place to visit for foodies of all ages. The Catherine’s Roman Holiday cookery course is priced at €110 while accommodation for Ballyknocken starts from €55 B& B per person per night. For further information about Ballyknocken House and Cookery School, or to book the Taste of Autumn course telephone +353 (0) 404 44627 or log on to or
    For further media information, photography or to interview Catherine Fulvio please contact Aileen O’Brien PR, O’Brien PR on (045) 446 422 or email aileen@obrie


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