Catherine Fulvio is one of Ireland’s most celebrated female chefs, and is third generation at Ballyknocken House & Cookery School in Co. Wicklow where she and her team host internationally themed-cookery classes as well as showcasing the best of Irish recipes and produce to visitors.
Her Irish blood and her Italian heart is a winning combination and she has firmly established herself as a familiar face on TV screens both at home and abroad. Her second series of Tastes Like Home will air this Autumn and she is food writer for the RTE Guide and author of six cookbooks, including cookbook of the year 2012, Eat Like an Italian, her most recent cookbook, Taste of Home, is her most personal and is Catherine’s food story from Ballyknocken House & Cookery School.
Born and raised on a working farm, Catherine has an inherent knowledge and understanding of food and cherishes the land and its produce. She is an ardent supporter of fresh local produce. Catherine says “growing up on a working farm you learn not only how food is produced but how to get it to the table, and you don’t even realise you are learning. We grew all our own food; had our own hens; had turkeys for Christmas. We were dairy farmers so we had all our own milk, butter and cream; we had pigs and lambs, everything.”
Then she met my husband and the Italian appreciation for food kicked in. Italians are great believers in fresh, local produce, which is exactly what Catherine is about. She realised Ireland and Italy have an awful lot in common, maybe different produce but the same ethos.
“There are two main reasons for supporting local produce, one is the closer you are to the source of your ingredients the fresher and better the ingredients are going to be, secondly it is about keeping it local means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources – it’s about being self-sufficient wherever possible.”
Catherine’s ethos is eat well be well and she loves combining modern Irish food with farm-to-fork principles taking traditional Irish recipes and giving them her own twist, often Italian, to reflect the abundance of ingredients available on her doorstep.
She is delighted to be part of the inaugural Irish International Fashion & Food Summit which takes place in Sligo on the 3rd & 4th November 2017. Catherine will be speaking on Saturday 4th November.
For more information on Ballyknocken House & Cookery School log onto www.ballyknocken.ie
All Food Sessions
Venue:The Model09:00 AM - 09:20 AM
Coffee10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Lunch – Best of Sligo Produce
Food Symposium Delegates Menu – Click Here to download12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
Coffee Break03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Closing Address & Q&A
Moderator: Aoife Carrigy04:30 PM
Venue:The Model09:00 AM - 09:15 AM
Coffee Break – day 211:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lovely Sligo Lunch
Food Symposium Delegates Menu – Click Here to download01:00 PM - 01:45 PM