This Irish chef wants to teach your kids how to cook

    JP MchMahon kids cookery course Aniar Easy Food
    JP McMahon with daughters Heather and Martha. All photos by Anita Murphy.

    JP McMahon in Galway will host an eight-week cookery course for kids aged eight to 15 years old starting on April 10th. Taught by the chef and owner of Michelin-starred restaurant Aniar, the course will get children cooking up family-friendly meals such as lasagne, 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 ingredient lists and required tools shared in advance. Students will have the option of cooking along with JP, or tuning into the class later and putting the learnings into practice on their own when it has finished.

    JP MchMahon kids cookery course Aniar Easy Food

    With lockdown restrictions making it difficult for kids to attend their usual extra-curricular activities, JP’s virtual course gives kids an entertaining, interactive and educational experience. 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!

    JP McMahon said, “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. Lockdown has made it all the more difficult to ensure our kids are reaching their potential, so our eight-week course is a fantastic opportunity to teach a lifelong 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 MchMahon kids cookery course Aniar Easy Food

    Ideal for children already showing talent in the kitchen and those that need a little encouragement, the course will not only teach how to cook traditional meals and recipes, but also teach must-know culinary skills along the way. It will also build an increased understanding of Irish produce and appreciation for different flavours through a relaxed and fun format.

    JP has also launched a 10-week virtual cookery course for adults. This course starts on March 2nd with a limited number of spaces available. The course will deliver the content from his highly popular six-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. 

    JP said, “I try to make the experience as inclusive and diverse and informative as possible. Students will learn so much about food preparation and cooking methods, for example, “Beef Week” will focus on different cuts as well as sauce making and “Pork Week” will focus on pork dishes plus the skill of pickling.”

    JP MchMahon kids cookery course Aniar Easy Food

    This 10-week course is priced at €495 for the course or €55 per class, with themes including bread, beef, pork, fish, vegetables and desserts.

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