Cordon d' Or - Gold Ribbon

is pleased to present the Bios and Photographs of the Winners in the

Annual International CookBooks and 'Culinary Arts' Awards - 2007



               Catherine Fulvio            

Culinary Academy Award



Catherine is Ireland’s Culinary Star today.  She is a champion of local food and true to her Irish roots when it comes to cooking.  Numerous groups of people visit her place to see Catherine’s talents at work. Recently Catherine received the National Small Business Development Award, presented to her by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (the Irish Prime Minister). Catherine is the Chef/Proprietor of Ballyknocken Cookery School and Ballyknocken House & Restaurant.  Ballyknocken House, a charming Victorian farmhouse, operates as a 4**** country house with a special restaurant license, with capacity for on site dining of up to 300 persons. Other awards for Catherine & Ballyknocken include:Bridgestone 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland 2003-2007; Jameson's Guide - Georgina Campbell Farmhouse of the Year 2004; AA 4 RED stars 2005-7.  Five years ago, after running regular private cookery classes in Ballyknocken House, Catherine followed her passion and converted the Old Milking Parlor into a large state of the art cookery school. This has proven highly successful, with classes operating almost daily.  Local customers enjoy class themes ranging from Gourmet Entertaining using local foods to Southern Italian; from Mexican to Vegetarian and much more.  There is something for everyone here. Her big success is in bringing in culinary and tourist groups from abroad, where she teaches the art of Irish cuisine.  Most of these classes are hands on, so that guests remember the experience in more detail. In 2007 to date , she has entertained almost 2,000 Norwegians, 200 Australians, 300 Germans, 50 Swiss, 4,000 Americans, 500 Canadians,  to name but a few, with her love of Irish food. The Irish Tourism Board arrange Culinary promotions in several European countries, and Catherine is sent to demonstrate Irish food to large audiences who attend these events. Go to: &


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