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Host: Mary

Dublin, Ireland

USD
$54-$118 per person

Modern, gourmet Irish cuisine with a local celebrity chef

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Mary

Mary is a warm and wonderful host passionate about food and cooking. A local celebrity chef, Mary won a national competition on TV for the best amateur cook in the country! The eldest of three children, Mary stepped in as the cook at home and learned the basics very early. She could never say no to good food and that’s how she developed a keen interest in cooking. She became a cooking instructor at the Howth Castle cookery school where she taught until she recently retired. Mary loves nurturing people through food - her favorite kind of cooking is when she’s having people over for a dinner party!

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.

In-home meal: (2-10 guests) Meet your host Mary at her beautiful Victorian home built in the late 1800s and start with a drink and canapé as your host shares stories about life in Sutton. You will then join your host at her dining table to enjoy a seasonal, modern Irish meal. Your meal will include three courses - an appetizer, main and dessert. Your gourmet menu may include dishes such as an appetizer of Howth smoked salmon and dill tower with citrus avocado mousse and micro-herbs, Irish smoked haddock on a bed of spinach drizzled with Irish cream, Howth crab with avocado, grapefruit and cilantro or twice-cooked mushroom soufflé, a main of Irish chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms and parsley in a lime marmalade sauce served with creamed potatoes or pan-fried duck breast in Mary’s signature citrus-soy sauce served with green beans and glazed carrots. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of a raspberry pavlova roulade or chocolate roulade with freshly whipped cream or Bailey’s Irish cheesecake.

Cooking experience: (4-8 guests) Join your host Mary at her large, colorful Provencal-style kitchen with an Aga oven. Learn to cook a seasonal, modern Irish meal from fail-safe recipes that Mary has perfected over the years. Your hands-on cooking class will last about two hours. You will learn to cook 2-3 dishes from scratch, an appetizer, a main dish and a side or dessert. Enjoy learning about how to create a modern Irish meal from an expert cook before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Mary. Please note that as some dishes take a while to prepare, Mary will have a few dishes cooked ahead of time for your meal.

Mary can offer both a hands-on cooking class or a cooking demonstration in which you will watch her prepare a couple of dishes. Please specify what you prefer at the time of booking.

Notes: Mary is happy to create gourmet vegetarian and vegan meals as well for the vegetarians and vegans out there! Let her know your dietary restrictions when making your booking.

Languages spoken: English

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.
  • Appetizer of Howth smoked salmon and dill tower with citrus avocado mousse and micro-herbs
  • Main of Irish chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms and parsley in a lime marmalade sauce
  • Side of creamed potatoes and seasonal vegetables
  • Dessert of raspberry pavlova roulade or Bailey’s Irish cheesecake

Traveler reviews

Super experience! Mary's house is lovely and filled with furniture and curios from many places. The food was excellent and cooked with care and the hosts are just great. Visitors will also learn interesting things about history, curios and the area. It was a really nice atmosphere and I felt very welcomed.
- Thomas, Traveling Spoon Ambassador May 14, 2018

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Mary

$54-$118 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $62 $54
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $118 $94
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $62 $54
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $118 $94
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 5:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Mary

Mary is a warm and wonderful host passionate about food and cooking. A local celebrity chef, Mary won a national competition on TV for the best amateur cook in the country! The eldest of three children, Mary stepped in as the cook at home and learned the basics very early. She could never say no to good food and that’s how she developed a keen interest in cooking. She became a cooking instructor at the Howth Castle cookery school where she taught until she recently retired. Mary loves nurturing people through food - her favorite kind of cooking is when she’s having people over for a dinner party!

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.

In-home meal: (2-10 guests) Meet your host Mary at her beautiful Victorian home built in the late 1800s and start with a drink and canapé as your host shares stories about life in Sutton. You will then join your host at her dining table to enjoy a seasonal, modern Irish meal. Your meal will include three courses - an appetizer, main and dessert. Your gourmet menu may include dishes such as an appetizer of Howth smoked salmon and dill tower with citrus avocado mousse and micro-herbs, Irish smoked haddock on a bed of spinach drizzled with Irish cream, Howth crab with avocado, grapefruit and cilantro or twice-cooked mushroom soufflé, a main of Irish chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms and parsley in a lime marmalade sauce served with creamed potatoes or pan-fried duck breast in Mary’s signature citrus-soy sauce served with green beans and glazed carrots. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of a raspberry pavlova roulade or chocolate roulade with freshly whipped cream or Bailey’s Irish cheesecake.

Cooking experience: (4-8 guests) Join your host Mary at her large, colorful Provencal-style kitchen with an Aga oven. Learn to cook a seasonal, modern Irish meal from fail-safe recipes that Mary has perfected over the years. Your hands-on cooking class will last about two hours. You will learn to cook 2-3 dishes from scratch, an appetizer, a main dish and a side or dessert. Enjoy learning about how to create a modern Irish meal from an expert cook before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Mary. Please note that as some dishes take a while to prepare, Mary will have a few dishes cooked ahead of time for your meal.

Mary can offer both a hands-on cooking class or a cooking demonstration in which you will watch her prepare a couple of dishes. Please specify what you prefer at the time of booking.

Notes: Mary is happy to create gourmet vegetarian and vegan meals as well for the vegetarians and vegans out there! Let her know your dietary restrictions when making your booking.

Languages spoken: English

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.
  • Appetizer of Howth smoked salmon and dill tower with citrus avocado mousse and micro-herbs
  • Main of Irish chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms and parsley in a lime marmalade sauce
  • Side of creamed potatoes and seasonal vegetables
  • Dessert of raspberry pavlova roulade or Bailey’s Irish cheesecake

Traveler reviews

Super experience! Mary's house is lovely and filled with furniture and curios from many places. The food was excellent and cooked with care and the hosts are just great. Visitors will also learn interesting things about history, curios and the area. It was a really nice atmosphere and I felt very welcomed.
- Thomas, Traveling Spoon Ambassador May 14, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $62 $54
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $118 $94
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $62 $54
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $118 $94
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
FAQ

    You can cancel your experience 48 hours or more before your experience date and receive a full refund. To request a cancellation once you have made a booking simply log in and click the "Request Cancellation" link from the bottom of your booking. Your refund will be processed immediately (note it can take up to 10 business days for this refund to post to your credit card statement). Please note that for cancellations within 48 hours of your experience we unfortunately cannot offer a refund; this is because our hosts typically purchase food and begin their preparations up to 48 hours before the experience.

    Most of our hosts are able to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, including vegetarian and gluten free options. For vegetarian travelers, we have an icon on each host profile to indicate whether that host can also offer a fully vegetarian menu. There is a section in the booking form to note any allergies or dietary restrictions which will be sent directly to your host.

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    All prices are noted per person prices unless otherwise specified. Transportation is typically charged on a per car basis, but otherwise all prices are per person. Children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free.

    Some hosts offer alcohol as an optional add-on for travelers who are of legal drinking age. Pricing for alcohol is visible on the host profile page and includes one to two glasses of wine, beer or local alcohol.

    Some hosts offer transportation as an optional add-on for travelers. Typically this is round trip transportation with pick up and drop off at your hotel. Pricing is quoted per car. Specific instructions for transportation will be provided in your confirmation details when your booking is confirmed.

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