Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Marie Kinsella-White from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:


Marie Kinsella-White

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  Marie Kinsella-White
The job that I do is highly specialised and the skills that I am required to have to do my job can only be acquired in our restaurant. However, by taking a job in McDonald's you are opening a career path to use those skills anywhere - the skills you acquire are very transferable. It doesn’t matter where you start, the opportunities are there.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Ireland’s Premier Cookery School - The Best Tutors, The Best Facilities, The Best School.

Ireland’s Premier Cookery School - The Best Tutors, The Best Facilities, The Best School.

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Lynda Booth’s Dublin Cookery School is based in state-of-the-art facilities in Blackrock, Co. Dublin and opened in 2007. The school runs evening and one day (Saturday) cookery classes as well as full-time one week, one month and professional three month certificate cookery courses. 

"Voted 'Best Cookery School in Ireland' 2013 & 2015  (Irish Restaurant Awards)"

Are you a student thinking about pursuing a career in the food industry, are you looking for a change in career or are you just passionate about good food? Dublin Cookery School has a course for you ...

Our Courses: 

Professional 3 Month Certificate Cookery Course
One Month Certificate Cookery Course 
One Week Cookery Course
One Day Cookery Courses
Evening Cookery Courses

Approximate number of vacancies per year

The school takes a maximum of 24 students on all of its part-time and full-time cookery courses. 

"I am originally from Mauritius and am a kitchen porter at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.
I really want to progress and make something of myself.
After being so impressed with Lynda and her teaching, I signed up and I LOVE the tutors at DCS.
Now I know how to do so many delicious things quickly: Naan, quiche, tart tatin - confident, quick preparation." 

One Month Cookery Course details here

Career Sectors

Food, Retail, Leisure & Tourism, Events, Food Journalism. 

Career Types
  • Restaurant/Cafe chef
  • Private chef (yachts & ski chalets)
  • Private catering
  • Location catering (Film & TV)
  • Food stylist
  • Food product development
  • Food retail management
  • Food operations management
  • Food business owner
  • Food writer/journalist Job
Read about the career paths taken by some of the Dublin Cookery School graduates ...

Fiona Stevens: Chef at The Pig's Ear
Stephen Ryan: Food Consultant 
Sue Campbell: Head of Food Services
Epi Rogan: Pastry Chef 
Nicola Brady: Children's Cookery Teacher

  • Ireland has a thriving food scene (food businesses are constantly on the lookout for well-trained chefs or people with a strong food background)
  • Strong professional development and on-the-job training
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Flexible working hours
  • Ability to work for yourself
  • Opens up a variety of different career paths
  • World travel opportunities (including private yachts & ski chalets)

The school’s professional Three Month Certificate course is the only type of its kind in Dublin and is widely recognised as a credible and practical route to acquiring the expertise and skills needed to pursue an exciting career in the food industry.

Students on the course participate in three of the school’s pop-up restaurant nights, playing a key role in helping to prepare and cook a five-course tasting menu for up to seventy paying diners. As part of the course, you will also enjoy field trips and meet Irish food producers, industry experts in wine and cheese, food business advisors and health & safety professionals. All students that complete the course gain a HACCP food safety qualification.

Every student is given the opportunity to work in a professional kitchen by going on a ‘stage’ placement to a top Dublin restaurant. Previous ‘stages’ have included four day placements at the likes of Chapter One, L’Ecrivain, Bastible, Delahunt, Thorntons, One Pico, Pichet, Forest Avenue, Etto, Mulberry Garden, Restaurant Forty One, The Pig’s Ear, Bang Restaurant, Dax, Brioche and Cleaver East.

Past graduates of the school’s professional Three Month Certificate course have worked in some of Ireland and London’s top restaurants. Others have opened their own food businesses or have used their new found skills to pursue a new life overseas, working on yachts and in ski chalets.

Reviews & Testimonials

“Last August, I retired early from AIB and because I had stopped cooking in any serious way over the years, I thought this would be a good way to reignite my cooking skills.
We are installing a new kitchen in my home this year and I thought it would be great to have new, upgraded cooking skills to match. 
The 1 Month Course at DCS has given me confidence to cook all dishes completed in the course and hopefully to experiment and to adjust to my taste and that of my family. I have quite a big extended family and I have always been the one among my siblings to do the celebration lunches/dinners, so the course has given me inspiration for future occasions entertaining my family and friends.

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