Host: Aymar

Monasterevin, Ireland

USD
$106-$156 per person

Forage in the Irish woodlands and cook with a fun, professional chef

Host offerings
  • House
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Aymar

Aymar is a fun and energetic professional chef extremely passionate about food and famous for his pesto! He believes in connecting with your ingredients before using them which is why a foraging experience with him (in season) is an experience to remember! He makes a delicious wild garlic pesto from wild garlic he forages himself. Aymar was born into a food-loving and foraging family that owned traditional French restaurants in Normandy. He grew up looking after the garden, picking wild berries and mushrooms from the forest, hunting and caring for restaurant patrons. He then went to culinary school in Paris and moved to Ireland right after to study English. He bought a dictionary, learned 10 new words a day and worked his way up at restaurants. He became the head chef at King Centric restaurant and eventually owned his own restaurant. His customers kept asking for a jar of his mushroom soup to take home and eventually Aymar started his own artisanal brand of food products called Le Skinny Chef that includes a variety of soups, pestos, chutneys and jams. His goal with his food is to bring depth of flavors from French cuisine using high-quality, local Irish ingredients, many of which he forages himself.

Aymar lives outside Dublin in Kildare County famous for the Tullamore whiskey distillery, the Kildare Village shopping outlet and Japanese gardens which are all a 5-min drive from Aymar’s home. It is a great way to break journey if you’re driving from Dublin to the South of Ireland or to the Wild Atlantic Way.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) Join chef Aymar at his family kitchen in Kildare County, halfway between Dublin and Limerick for a true gastronomic experience in his home using locally foraged ingredients. Learn to cook a French-Irish gourmet fusion meal from recipes that Aymar has created and perfected over the years. Your hands-on cooking class will last about an hour and a half. You will learn to cook three dishes from scratch. Enjoy learning about the tips and techniques involved in fusion French-Irish cooking and presentation and taste exploration before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Aymar and his kids when they are around. Your seasonal menu may include dishes such as nettle soup or wild garlic Caesar salad with smoked ham and roasted pears and a main of baked hake (fish) with his signature pesto or local meat like local Kildare lamb roast in wild herbs, accompanied by foraged ingredients. Your meal will conclude with a seasonal wild berry or seasonal dessert creation.

Aymar is happy to create a vegetarian or vegan meal so let him know your preference ahead of time.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet your host Aymar at his production faciility and get a tour of the spotless commercial kitchen where he makes his artisanal products. If you’re interested in learning to make your own pesto, this experience can be adapted so you can make your own pesto and take a jar home. Then drive 15 minutes before you begin your foraging adventure to the Irish countryside. Depending on the season, you may forage for wild mushrooms in the forest, fuchsia fruit (yes, it’s edible!) in the mountains or wild garlic in the woodlands. Your foraging experience will last about an hour and a half. With a basket of hand picked ingredients, return to his car and drive another 15 min to his home for your cooking class.

Please note that this is a foraging tour, not a market tour. Depending on the weather, the order of your experience might change. For example, if it is raining in the morning you might have your cooking class and lunch first before you go foraging. Of course if this happens to be the case, Aymar will have a basket of foraged ingredients ready for you to use for your cooking class.

Notes: Aymar can accommodate a maximum of four people in his car for the foraging experience. If you are a larger group, you may follow him in your car.

Languages spoken: English, French

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Wild nettle soup or wild garlic Caesar salad with roasted pears and beets
  • Baked seasonal fish or meat with a side made from foraged ingredients and potatoes
  • Seasonal dessert creation!
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Aymar

$106-$156 USD

per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $120 $106
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$156 $148 $132
Alcohol
$12 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $120 $106
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$156 $148 $132
Alcohol
$12 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:30am-2:30pm 4:30pm-7:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm 3:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Aymar

Aymar is a fun and energetic professional chef extremely passionate about food and famous for his pesto! He believes in connecting with your ingredients before using them which is why a foraging experience with him (in season) is an experience to remember! He makes a delicious wild garlic pesto from wild garlic he forages himself. Aymar was born into a food-loving and foraging family that owned traditional French restaurants in Normandy. He grew up looking after the garden, picking wild berries and mushrooms from the forest, hunting and caring for restaurant patrons. He then went to culinary school in Paris and moved to Ireland right after to study English. He bought a dictionary, learned 10 new words a day and worked his way up at restaurants. He became the head chef at King Centric restaurant and eventually owned his own restaurant. His customers kept asking for a jar of his mushroom soup to take home and eventually Aymar started his own artisanal brand of food products called Le Skinny Chef that includes a variety of soups, pestos, chutneys and jams. His goal with his food is to bring depth of flavors from French cuisine using high-quality, local Irish ingredients, many of which he forages himself.

Aymar lives outside Dublin in Kildare County famous for the Tullamore whiskey distillery, the Kildare Village shopping outlet and Japanese gardens which are all a 5-min drive from Aymar’s home. It is a great way to break journey if you’re driving from Dublin to the South of Ireland or to the Wild Atlantic Way.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) Join chef Aymar at his family kitchen in Kildare County, halfway between Dublin and Limerick for a true gastronomic experience in his home using locally foraged ingredients. Learn to cook a French-Irish gourmet fusion meal from recipes that Aymar has created and perfected over the years. Your hands-on cooking class will last about an hour and a half. You will learn to cook three dishes from scratch. Enjoy learning about the tips and techniques involved in fusion French-Irish cooking and presentation and taste exploration before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Aymar and his kids when they are around. Your seasonal menu may include dishes such as nettle soup or wild garlic Caesar salad with smoked ham and roasted pears and a main of baked hake (fish) with his signature pesto or local meat like local Kildare lamb roast in wild herbs, accompanied by foraged ingredients. Your meal will conclude with a seasonal wild berry or seasonal dessert creation.

Aymar is happy to create a vegetarian or vegan meal so let him know your preference ahead of time.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet your host Aymar at his production faciility and get a tour of the spotless commercial kitchen where he makes his artisanal products. If you’re interested in learning to make your own pesto, this experience can be adapted so you can make your own pesto and take a jar home. Then drive 15 minutes before you begin your foraging adventure to the Irish countryside. Depending on the season, you may forage for wild mushrooms in the forest, fuchsia fruit (yes, it’s edible!) in the mountains or wild garlic in the woodlands. Your foraging experience will last about an hour and a half. With a basket of hand picked ingredients, return to his car and drive another 15 min to his home for your cooking class.

Please note that this is a foraging tour, not a market tour. Depending on the weather, the order of your experience might change. For example, if it is raining in the morning you might have your cooking class and lunch first before you go foraging. Of course if this happens to be the case, Aymar will have a basket of foraged ingredients ready for you to use for your cooking class.

Notes: Aymar can accommodate a maximum of four people in his car for the foraging experience. If you are a larger group, you may follow him in your car.

Languages spoken: English, French

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Wild nettle soup or wild garlic Caesar salad with roasted pears and beets
  • Baked seasonal fish or meat with a side made from foraged ingredients and potatoes
  • Seasonal dessert creation!
Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $120 $106
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$156 $148 $132
Alcohol
$12 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $120 $106
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$156 $148 $132
Alcohol
$12 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:30am-2:30pm 4:30pm-7:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm 3:00pm-8:00pm
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