ENROLLING NOW I Transition Year Cooking Course (Sept - Dec 2024)

Transition Year Cooking Course

LIVE Cookalongs  September - December 2024

Hands On Practical Cooking over 13 weeks makes it ideal for Gaisce students. LIVESTREAMS via Zoom.

This online cookery course runs once per year (Autumn term and is designed for teen students. Even with no cooking knowledge or fancy gadgets, YOU will be able to complete the course.

The course includes over 30 winning family recipes with video tutorials each TY can watch ON DEMAND in advance of each live cook along so they can familiarise themselves with the recipe(s). The cost includes access to the online course and LIVESTREAMS 
Once you book you will receive a confirmation email. On August 30th you will be emailed again to confirm you will be granted access to the online course content from 1st Sept 2024 and provided with step-by-step login instructions to access the online course.
€99.00 (TY Student 2024-25) Book Here

"My son, did your TY Online cooking course last year and used it for the personal skills element of his Gaisce Bronze award."

 From Repeat Customer, TY Parent who booked 2nd Son for 2022-'23.



Recipes & Zoom links are sent by Email

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Course Content

Learn how to make a variety of starters, main courses and desserts along with a few essential baked goodies that every confident home cook should know.

Fundamentals of baking and cooking methods.

How to plate up simple dishes into impressive starters or desserts.

The equipment and ingredients required to complete the course.

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Parent Testimonial

..."It was a great course and very well organised, great to have the videos to watch ahead of the class. My son's favourite dish to make and eat was the stir fry. The rest of us all loved the chicken and leek pie. The dishes were all very tasty. It was great to see how much he progressed each week".

Student Testimonial

"Thank you so much for the TY course! I really enjoyed it, I learnt lots and the food was yum😋 My favourites were the stir fry and brownies!"

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What's Included?


20 Essential Recipes

30 step by step tutorials

Equipment & Ingredient Lists

Trustworthy, Tested Recipes

Recipe Downloads (Pdf)

Tips and Dos and Don'ts

Testimonials from TY Students & Parents:

The best feedback is seeing siblings of previous students returning for their chance to participate in the cooking course....

RECENT TESTIMONIALS [2023] FROM Transition Year Parents:


Thank you so much. Tonight (Zoom Cookalong) was brilliant, a real confidence boost for [My Son].
- TY Parent Jan '24


The course was great and [my son] really got into it. Best thing he's done this term. He even cooked the chow mein for his patrol on scout camp.
- TY parent Dec '23

I wanted to express my appreciation for your fantastic online cookery course that my twins recently completed with yourself. The engaging curriculum, interactive sessions, and practical approach have sparked a genuine interest in cooking for them. Your course has not only equipped them with valuable culinary skills but has also made the learning experience enjoyable and memorable. Thank you for providing such a well-rounded and enriching educational opportunity.
- Sharon, TY parent Dec '23

Thanks for a great cookery course. There was always great interest in our house on a Wednesday to know what was going to be for dinner on a Monday. Great mother & son bonding.
- TY parent Dec '23

Thanks Vanessa. He really enjoyed the course. The replay Zoom was brilliant as he couldn't make it to the live events with his training.
- TY parent Dec '23

Dear Vanessa, I just wanted to thank you so much for all the effort that went into the TY cookery course. [My daughter and her friend] thoroughly enjoyed the course. The recipes were also delicious and you are a fabulous teacher!!
- TY parent Dec '23

I just wanted to say the cooking course was amazing. [My daughter] looked forward to it every single week. And I really enjoyed having Mondays off from cooking.
- TY parent Dec '23

[My son] has had a thoroughly enjoyable cooking experience over the past 11 weeks. When he heard that next week was the last week, he was quite disappointed. He really has embraced it all. (Apart from the washing up part !!!) he really has looked forward to it every week with great enthusiasm. And has loved every thing he has made. He loves food anyway but he’s been really proud of himself and what he has produced each week. I was actually pleasantly surprised at his reaction that it was coming to an end. Anyway, Thanks for everything, the great recipes, the clear guidance through each session and the interlude music 😊 A real winner. - TY parent Dec '23

Thank you for the amazing TY Cooks programme that my son is doing! Definitely a highlight of his TY year so far!  Monday evenings 7pm are a happy place in our house with all the good food! - TY Parent  Nov '23

Hi there, My daughter is doing your current TY cookery course and she is ABSOLUTELY LOVING it (as am I, yum!). - TY Parent Nov '23

Hi Vanessa, I’d just like to say that [Son] is really enjoying the cook alongs. He hasn’t cooked much before and is enjoying the course and cooking great food. I’m delighted as there was a good deal of cajoling and scepticism beforehand!! He couldn’t make this Monday so did meal no.2 for us this evening. It was really very good. And such a treat for me! I think it’s a great idea and we are delighted with it. - TY Parent Oct '23

TESTIMONIALS FROM Transition Year Students:

A great cookery course with all kinds of recipes. With plentiful desserts and dinners with various alternatives and vegan options. A must do for anyone interested in learning to cook!  TY Student Dec '23

Hi Vanessa, Thank you for everything on the course I really enjoyed it and learned alot.  TY Student Jan - May '22

Hi Vanessa, Thanks so much for this course I have really enjoyed and discovered so many new recipes! - TY Student Sept-Dec '21

Hi Vanessa, Thank you so much, I really enjoyed the cookery course! I hope you and your family have a very happy Christmas. Here’s my sausage rolls and apple pies. I used apple, as I don’t eat mince pies! - TY Student Sept-Dec '21

Thanks a million... - TY Student Sept-Dec '21

Hi Vanessa, ..... I have loved the course so much it has been such a great experience. regards J.... - TY Student Sept-Dec '21

Hi Vanessa. I am really enjoying the classes. - TY Student Sept-Dec '21

Vanessa. Thank you so much for this course I really enjoyed it and it will be one of my highlights from TY for sure. I never thought I would be able to make the chicken and leek pie on my last day never mind my first.... - TY Student Sept-Dec '21

Thanks very much for doing the course. It really helped me to improve my cooking skills and my interest in cooking.... - TY Student Sept-Dec '21

I really enjoyed the classes and I especially loved the Eve’s pudding. Thank you for the wonderful class.... - TY Student Sept-Dec '21

"Hi Vanessa, here's my burger and roulade from last night. I just wanted to say thank you for the course I really enjoyed every week an learned a lot.... - TY Student Sept-Dec '21

Hi Vanessa, I'm really enjoying the cooking course and my parents are delighted that i cook dinner for them every Tuesday. For the Gaisce award I need to learn a new skill and practice it for an hour a week for 13 weeks and I would like to do the cooking course as my new skill..... - TY Student Sept-Dec '21

Thank you for the amazing course..... - TY Student Sept-Dec '21

Hi Vanessa, I have really enjoyed doing the TY cookery course. I am wondering is it the same course repeated in January as I am interested in signing up again. Regards, E..... - TY Student Sept-Dec '21

Thank you very much, really enjoyed the course.....

TESTIMONIALS FROM Transition Year Parents:

Hi Vanessa, I was able to pop into Galway to collect my Da off the train. Meanwhile, [Son] had his Chicken Korma all set for when we got in the door. His Grandad was well impressed! [Son] is really enjoying this course and I'm enjoying eating it. The Chicken and Leek Pie was gorgeous! - TY Parent, Shane May 2022

Hi Vanessa Pictures from tonight, [Son] enjoyed the classes, thanks very much! - TY Parent, Carmel May 2022

Hello Vanessa, Thank you so much for the wonderful course. It was great to have my dinner cooked on a Tuesday evening over the past few months!! The recipes were all beautiful and all within [Son's] ability. He learned so much, although he is slow to admit it and I learned a lot of tips as well!    I would certainly recommend this course to anybody and in particular to TY students – it is ideal.    
Thank you for the certificate and all the recipes!  Happy Christmas - Martina
Wonderful!!! mission accomplished - feels so great to have a son who can cook!    - Barbara
Thanks so much we really enjoyed our time with you. Thanks for doing such a great job too we love your lessons - Mary    
Thank you so much, Vanessa! We’re all delighted! Such an achievement. Thank you for all the hard work you put in, you’re a great teacher. The course was so easy to follow and [Son] managed to produce edible meals. We’ll be seeing you again soon for sure.  Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas and good luck with everything for 2022.    Until then,     - Suzanne   
Thank you for the certificate and indeed your great enthusiasm each week. I expect it was very difficult with everyone’s cameras off so you were not sure who was there.  We looked forward to dinner every Tuesday. You certainly composed a very tasty recipe each time and [Son] learned a lot of new techniques in cooking.    
Kind regards,  - Aileen   

Thank you from both of us Vanessa.   [Daughter] really enjoyed the course and did it all herself as I was working!!!       
Have a wonderful Christmas.    - Sarah

Hi Vanessa, [Daughter] will be attending the graduation class.. we will keep making them at home... in advance thank you for everything and have a lovely Christmas.   kind regards,  - Natasha

WE'VE BEEN GETTING WONDERFUL REVIEWS.... from teachers, parents and students.  

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