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"GREAT BAKING COURSE. Thank you Derek and Orlaith for a really good baking experience! I learnt so much, including why I was never really successful before at baking. The course was really so well presented, and, I'm happy to say I have successfully made the Yogurt and Apple cake for a good friend. Also, I feel more confident now to take what I have learned into my work -to bake for the old people I look after when they have friends to tea. I am now looking forward to the 2 days of bread making and to learning about the different flours and methods. All the very best, and, thank you so much for the professional approach. Helen."
Helen from County Down
"[Baking Academy Ireland is voted the Best]. We attended the “hands on” Sweet Tarts and Pies Course taught by Mary and Caroline on Sunday last. Both teachers were extremely professional, knowledgeable, patient and personable and made the whole day a fun experience. We had a wonderful day. Having taken other courses in cookery schools we can honestly say that the Baking Academy Ireland courses are the best and we are looking forward to attending a another course soon. Many thanks. Marion and Orla Usher"
Marion and Orla Usher
"I took the Master Class Baking and It was an incredible experience. Before this course, I was an absolute disaster at the kitchen, but today I am able to make cupcakes, also pies, breads, cakes and pastries. This course is absolutely worth, not only for what you learn but also how fun it is, the facilities are very good, the staff is incredibly friendly but above all patient. You will not regret taking it, it's likely that you decide to make another one at the end of this one!!
Luisa Santander
"Derek, I just wanted to send my sincere thanks for the wonderful week just spent on
the Fundamentals of Sugarcraft with our tutor Caroline. It was a fabulous week full of
quality instruction and results! I am thrilled with the cakes and flowers
made and above all it was a joy to work in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere
with Caroline who is such a talented lady - and so generous with her time.
So, thank you!
I am interested now (I have the bug!) to attend the Certificate in the
fundamentals of Baking course in September.. it depends on whether I can
find childcare. Could you please let me know whether you have space on the
course at the moment?
Many thanks,
Lorna Penn-Chester"
Lorna Penn-Chester, Dublin.
"I had such a great week on the certificate course - Fundamentals of Baking. The atmosphere is really welcoming and the teachers are very professional, encouraging and they pass on great tips! The fact that you work alone and use domestic ovens was a real plus as it gave me the confidence to carry on baking at home. I would highly recommend this course, it was such a rewarding way to spend a week and I look forward to coming back for more courses in the future."
Sinead Murray Galway
"To read what a recent Independent Assessment has to say about the Baking Academy of Ireland click here: "
Georgina Campbell
"This is what a recent Georgina Campbell Guide Independent Assessment has to say about the Baking Academy of Ireland.

"It was a good day for this country when Master Baker Derek O’Brien decided to start his baking academy a few years ago, offering hands-on courses in bread and cake baking, chocolate making and sugar craft cake decoration

Master Baker Derek O’Brien is Ireland’s most highly respected professional baking expert and it was a good day for this country when he decided to start his baking academy here a few years ago, offering hands-on courses in bread and cake baking, chocolate making and sugar craft cake decoration.

Although we categorise the academy as a cookery school, they emphasis that there is actually a major difference between the baking academy and cookery schools. “We are distinguished by our commitment to baking bread and cakes, chocolates and sugar craft. We are not cooks or chefs – we are bakers, confectioners, pastry and sugar craft specialists.”

An Irish Food Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and former head of the National Bakery School, in Dublin, Derek introduced and managed their hugely popular part time Professional Baking courses, and he is the team manager of the Irish National Baking Team that has been so successful in European baking competitions - and, uniquely, he is also Head of the English language Diploma in German Baking programme at the International Baking Academy in Germany. So, any student fortunate enough to undertake a course here could not be in better hands.

Derek and his team want to share the joy and excitement of creating wonderful sugar craft decorations and chocolates or baking something really enjoyable and sharing it straight from the oven. Knowing that people are ‘becoming tired and bored with modern bland tasting sliced bread, synthetic flavoured boxed cakes and chocolates and products with “it never stales” shelf life and endless lists of ingredients’ the aim is to provide the best educational experience for every student, to demystify the science and technology and inspire you to create something fantastic. “We will teach you the craft and skills to do it successfully - every time.”

The Baking Academy's hands-on workshop is designed for a maximum of 12 students and each student has easy access to all the equipment needed at their own work station. An apron and all the ingredients are supplied, and each student works alone - never in pairs or small groups - to ensure the perfect learning environment.

Tutors are specialists in the field of baking, confectionery, chocolate and sugar craft, each with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the art and craft of artisan techniques. They are uniquely experienced and enthusiastic bakers, confectioners and chocolatiers who will guide and inspire both beginners and seasoned enthusiasts alike.

“The watchwords are natural and quality. Obviously that means using only the finest ingredients and we never use chemical improving agents, preservatives, crumb softeners, etc - substances that are frequently used by many commercial baking companies. We pride ourselves on our expertise, dedication and creativity in the field of artisan baking craft skill and technology. Students attending the Baking Academy of Ireland will graduate with the essential knowledge, invaluable hands-on experience and the enthusiasm to become successful artisan bakers.”"
Georgina Campbell - Independent Assessment
""What a wonderful start to a holiday, taking a baking course which set us up with scrumptious bread for the week. It was the most fun you can possibly have whilst working hard and learning new skills. As three people who have never been able to successfully bake a good loaf of bread, we came away with 18 delicious loaves and the confidence to make many more. A truly memorable and worthwhile experience. Thank you to the wonderful bakers at The Baking Academy of Ireland, we will be back. We hope to be back next summer to take another one of your courses" - The Franklin's from the UK."
Kate Franklin
"I found the course very informative and it gave me a detailed insight into the production of different Artisan breads. The demonstration was very hands on and the expertise of the tutor made things very interesting for the people who attended. I am delighted to have taken this course and would highly recommend these courses to anyone who would have an interest in obtaining more bread making knowledge and skills. "
Barry Gibbons, Walshe's Bakery & Coffee Shop, Clifton, Co. Galway
"Hi Derek
just back from a fabulous day of bread baking at the Baking Academy. I am very proud of the breads I learned to bake today and thrilled that they were so successful. The course was given in a sensible down to earth way and was very informative and I really enjoyed it. We were given plenty of practical tips (like how to line a tin properly) as well as being shown how to make the various breads. I think the fact that attendees make their own items and are not split into groups is great. It gives you the confidence to repeat the recipes at home.
Anway good luck with it and I look forward to coming back for more courses in the future.

Maria Fogarty"
Maria Fogarty
"It was excellent! So professional! Can't wait to book my next course."
Living Social Voucher Holder.
"If you want to learn how to bake and have a success every time, this is the place to come to! The teachers are very professional and incredibly knowledgeable without being too academic, plus a really friendly and welcoming atmosphere. I have enjoyed two classes so far and I am planning to do a few more. Well done Baking Academy."
Denise, Dublin
"My son, Daniel, and myself attended the Charmingly Cheeky Cup Cake course last Saturday and I just wanted to say thank you so much for such an enjoyable day. We both had a lovely day learning new skills and we had a great time together."
Margaret Vaughan

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