Belfast Telegraph

My Inspiration: Peter Buchanan

Peter and his wife Kate from Ballymiscaw Cookery School have a recipe for success and passion and knowledge to make it

Kate and I got married in 2004 and for the last few years we have discussed the possibility of starting a small business up like a coffee shop or a deli.

Food and eating is one of our passions along with travelling. We are always on the lookout for something different and unique to bring back to Belfast.

On a trip to see friends in Southampton we went to a food and drink festival in Winchester and lightning struck! We attended a cookery demonstration by a local cookery school which was a bit of a disaster. In the middle of the demo our friend leaned across and said “you guys could do better”.

Kate has been a Home Economics teacher for 18 years and I have 47 years experience of eating. Last year we travelled to Paris for New Year and over lunch we came up with the idea of Ballymiscaw Cookery School. On our return, we looked for a place to hold the classes and within two days we had a place and a plan for a range of classes.

February 2011 was the date for our first course, Easy Entertaining. We started with eight people keen to learn and at the end of the class they went home well fed and watered. Since then we have tried to run one class per month and in 2012 we have increased that to two classes per month and some evening classes.

Kate and I thoroughly enjoy taking the classes and we get inspired to improve each class we run. Our aim is to develop Ballymiscaw Cookery School into a full-time career with a five year plan in place.

All the ingredients for a perfect day and a fantastic future.

Tel: 07802 830565.

Belfast Telegraph