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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.

Head 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 in 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 and  RTE’s Nationwide. Joe has recently opened The Kitchen Cafe in Enniskillen with his wife Jennifer.

 Chef Joe works closely with local Northern Ireland producers and growers  to ensure that quality is  always at the forefront of his food.

Chef Instructor – Dermot Magee

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 Dermot Magee is a well-known professional  chef/teacher from Enniskillen. As former  proprietor of the  award-winning Oscars’s  restaurant, he gained 16 years experience working  as a head chef. Culinary tours  of Europe, Asia and  the Middle East, have enhanced his skills base in  these cuisines. He holds a degree in  Nutrition and  teaches in a local grammar school.