About Us

The School of Food has been developed in the former Boys’ National School in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, a site associated with education for almost 100 years.

The renovation of the old school building and its 2 acres of land is the focal point for this culinary school. The building has been renovated to include state-of-the-art training kitchens.

The School of Food was officially opened on January 15th, 2015 by Minister for Food and Rural Affairs, Ann Phelan TD and Steven Lamb, Head of Brand, River Cottage UK.

The School of is a not-for-profit Food School providing training in modern culinary techniques. We incorporate Food Business Training, Chef Courses, Irish-centric culinary training, knife skills and important add-ons, such as HACCP, Health & Safety and manual handling certification. We also provide a wide range of Cookery Classes.


Since opening it’s doors, the School of Food has evolved to become one of the leading culinary colleges in Ireland. We provide professional chef courses, which provide the best chef training in Ireland allowing participants to become chefs, enhance their cooking skills, or even establish their own food business.

From seed to plate, we aim to educate our students in every aspect of food production and the culinary arts. Our chef tutors are highly skilled professionals who continue to operate within the industry – their passion for food is infectious; their love of teaching palpable.

All of our chefs have a depth of experience of launching new food businesses. As part of our chef courses we teach you how to develop a new food product. We also help you start to sell your new product at local markets.