JP McMahon announces 8-week cookery course for kids

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Michelin-starred Aniar Restaurant owner and chef JP McMahon has today announced he will host an eight-week cookery course for kids aged 8 to 15 starting on 10 April.

The course will teach children some crowd-pleasing and family-friendly food such as lasagna, pancakes, bread and roast chicken.

The classes will be held virtually via Zoom each Saturday morning.

Budding young chefs can pre-book to attend the full course, priced at €250 or choose to attend individual classes for €35 per session with ingredients list and required tools shared in advance.

Students will also have the option of cooking along with JP, or tuning into the class later and putting their newly acquired skills into practice on their own when it has finished.

As parental supervision is advised for kids under 12, the classes also offer parents the chance to bond with their kids over everyone’s favourite talking point – food!

“We are really excited to introduce our virtual cookery course for kids. As a dad myself, I know just how important it is for kids to learn new skills and for us as parents to encourage passions and talents,” JP McMahon.

“Lockdown has made it all the more difficult to ensure our kids are reaching their potential so our 8-week course is a fantastic opportunity to teach a life-long skill in a fun way.

“We have made sure that the classes offer variety when it comes to recipes but also that each class is suitable for a variety of abilities.

“As a chef, my own personal ethos is to harness traditional methods and local produce, so I will also share some of my own beliefs and passions in hopes I can open our attendees’ eyes to the world of food around them too.”

JP has also launched a 10-week virtual cookery course which starts on 2 March, with a limited number of spaces available.

The course will deliver the content from his highly popular 6-week cooking class that would usually take place in Aniar.

The course will guide food lovers through a different culinary cornerstone each week, going beyond the basics of at-home cooking. 

“I try to make the experience as inclusive and diverse and informative as possible,” added JP McMahon.

“Students will learn so much about food preparation and cooking methods, for example, ‘Beef Week’ will also focus on different cuts as well as sauce making and ‘Pork Week’ will focus on pork dishes plus the skill of pickling.”

A must-attend for any food lovers cost €495 for the course and €55 per class with themes including bread, beef, pork, fish, vegetables and desserts.