Award Winning

Head Chef

David Rice


David Rice is the Executive Chef at Ballinacurra House, Kinsale and the co-founder of the Kinsale Gourmet Academy. Before joining Ballinacurra House in 2013, David spent 2 years working as head tutor at Dublin’s premier cookery school, Cooks Academy. Prior to this, he worked as a senior chef at Dublin’s Michelin star restaurant Chapter One.

Kinsale was the birthplace of David’ s career which has spanned over 15 years and in a variety of prestigious kitchens including Roly’s Bistro in Ballsbridge, Gordon Ramsay’s Claridges, River Café and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Cornwall.

David has won many accolades including Best Chef in Limerick at the Restaurant Association of Ireland awards 2010, while he was head chef at the Mustard Seed restaurant in Adare, Co. Limerick.

He has worked with many of Ireland’s top chefs and has done cookery demonstrations and pop-up restaurants with such chefs as Ross Lewis, Oliver Dunne, Stephen Gibson, Paul Flynn and Kevin Dundon. Most recently, David has given a variety of cookery demonstrations on RTE’s The Today Show.


Our Philosophy – Gourmet Made Simple

Kinsale has long been known as the gourmet capital of Ireland. Our unique cookery school offers people a way to experience the gourmet Capital by learning how to cook like a pro in a positive, creative and stress free environment.

‘Gourmet Made Simple’ is David’s philosophy and through a range of hands-on cookery classes you will learn how to make food look and taste like restaurant quality.

“I hope to demystify complicated cooking techniques in a fun and relaxed environment. Our ethos is to keep everything simple and elegant and focus on using locally sourced ingredients and train people on how best to let them shine on a plate.”

David is a fun and engaging instructor and is very passionate about food, with a particular interest in West Cork Artisan producers. He brings together his experience and passion for food with his keen interest in healthy and clean living to inspire people to cook simple, easy meals that are bursting with flavour.

Our classes are always small, intimate but most importantly hands-on so that we can dedicate our attention to the students so they can fine tune their skills and grow their confidence even before they leave the class.

Our modern, industrial chic cookery school is a hub of fine food in West Cork and you will be guided and inspired to reach your culinary potential in a fun, creative and engaging environment. So roll up your sleeves and fuel your food passion. What better way to experience the Gourmet Capital!

"our aim is to create a very relaxed atmosphere where people can come and learn how to cook modern food for a modern lifestyle"