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About Us

The Belle Isle Cookery School opened its doors in 2004 on the magnificent Belle Isle Estate on Lough Erne in County Fermanagh. This purpose-built state-of-the-art cookery school, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, and now in it’s tenth year plays an important part in the life of this holiday destination.

With cattle and sheep grazing the meadows, free-range hens living happily beside the school and the adjacent walled kitchen garden, Belle Isle has the perfect ingredients for embarking on a culinary adventure in one of the most beautiful settings in Ireland. Whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced cook we have courses to suit everyone and our head tutor, Joe Kelly and his team will ensure a memorable experience to take home with you.

Chef Joe Kelly

Joe has been a professional chef for over 20 years and a tutor at Belle Isle since 2005.

Joe began his culinary career while growing up in America. He was formally trained and has worked and managed kitchens in both South Beach, Miami and San Francisco, California. In 2005 he returned home to Northern Ireland to start a family with his wife Jennifer.Joe has co-authored two cookbooks and also appeared on Channel 4′s Iron Chef.

In addition to teaching at Belle Isle he is a private caterer, cookery demonstrator and restaurant consultant with clients throughout Ireland. Chef Joe works closely with local Northern Ireland producers and growers to ensure that quality is always at the forefront of his food.