Rory O'Connell is probably Ireland's most experienced cookery teacher - he has been teaching people how to cook for more than 30 years, having co-founded the Ballymaloe Cookery School with his sister, Darina Allen. In his TV series which was shown on RTE earlier this year, Rory introduced the timeless, classic, and essential techniques, which every cook needs to understand and implement if they want to cook well.
Master It - How to Cook Today
In 2013 his first book, Master It - How to Cook Today won the prestigious Andre Simon Food Book award. In addition to teaching, Rory has worked as a chef in some of the world's top restaurants. He could be described as the chefs' chef, and his style and approach are unique.
“I love cooking and I love teaching people how to cook. To cook well, it helps if you love and value food, as this is where it all starts. I cannot separate the cooking from what I am cooking. I feel bound to do well by the ingredients, and learning how to recognise good ones is crucial to becoming a good cook.”
We have included a selection of Rory’s recipes for you to try.