Chef Darina Allen has defended running cookery classes during lockdown for a group of international students at Ballymaloe Cookery School in east Cork.
Via The Irish Examiner:
The students, who had booked residential places on Ballymaloe’s almost €13,000, 12-week Certificate Course, which was due to start on January 4, flew into Ireland in late December for two weeks of quarantine.
But they were left in limbo when Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced a full level 5 lockdown on December 30, which came into effect the following day. The students were offered the opportunity to join the ‘Ballymaloe Bubble’ after their 14-day quarantine.
Ms Allen said when lockdown was extended at the end of January — by which point the students had been in the country for about five weeks — the school cancelled the 12-week course and decided to offer them a modified course.
Ms Allen claimed Ballymaloe is different to third-level institutions given its residential setting…