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“Aloha and Irish Love”
Review of The Devils Menu

The Devils Menu
Ranked #17 of 78 things to do in Kilkenny
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Devils Menu Boutique Cookery School is based in the beautiful town of Graiguenamangh situated on the Carlow / Kilkenny border, (Barrow Valley) with breathtaking views of Brandon Hill and the Ballyogan Woods. Chef John Whelan & his beautiful better half Elora will welcome you into their home for an intimate and social unique culinary experience. Using local produce, wild flowers and foraging as well as spices and herbs John will bring you on a journey of flavour, colour, aromas and cuisines from around the world and share with you his experience, invaluable kitchen tips. He started his professional cooking career in 1991 at 18 years old in the world famous Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Learning the trade in that amazing building surrounded by artifacts from the ancient world John learned to cook dishes from France to Japan and all in between. John cooked in the legendary Quaglino's in London where he worked under Head Chef John Torode co-presenter of MasterChef UK. He cooked for celebrities, royalty and foreign dignitaries like the Queen Mother and Princess Diana at some of London's most iconic buildings and restaurants. Working at Michelin standards in Private Restaurants, Merchant and Swiss Banks have allowed John to develop a unique style and flair. Classes are for all levels of experience from Beginner to Master Classes. Special Men Only Classes. Private & Corporate Classes available on request. Cookery Demonstrations. Food Styling & Food Photography.
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Some of the best food that we have ever had. The love that was put into it really shows. The one recommendation is to wear stretchy pants, cause you'll wanna stuff yourself like I did

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Reviewed 11 November 2016

A fun, delectable, totally engaging day with John and Elora! We were warmly welcomed, wonderfully entertained, learned so much about the foods we made (and where the ingredients came from), and ate more than we ever thought we could! But the real treat are John and Elora themselves. We arrived as customers but left as friends. Much aloha to you both! Thank you so much for not only filling our stomachs with your delicious creations, but also our hearts with your wonderful spirits.

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Reviewed 8 November 2016

We had a fantastic night with John & Elora, what fantastic hosts. This was the most amazing gastronomic experience, from the freshly made bread sticks and hummus to the steak, oh the steak, it just melted in my mouth. One of our group is vegan, but this was no challenge for John, as the most visually appealing and flavoursome dishes were delivered by John for each course. From the starts to the mains, to the pure dark melted chocolate every ounce was perfect, and I went home with a great experience and a full happy stomach. I would highly recommend The Devils Menu to anyone in the Carlow, Kilkenny or Wexford areas as it is definitely worth the short trip and for those future afield, your senses will not be disappointed if you choose to sample from The Devil's Menu. I for one will be back.

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Reviewed 3 October 2016

We had a large group of people and they had to cook a lot of food. Everything was perfect. I can't remember a more memorable meal. I highly recommend.

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DevilsMenu, Owner at The Devils Menu, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2016

Thank you very much for your review. We truly enjoyed every minute we spent with your group. It was wonderful to spend the evening with such lovely guests.

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Reviewed 31 August 2016

We have visited the picturesque Graiguenamanagh on several occasions but only came across "The Devil's Menu" when it was recommended by previously bowled over guests. Although it was very short notice John and Elora moved dates around to accommodate us and made sure we could visit before we left Ireland.
We spent four happy hours in the company of these two fabulously hospitable people and came away with elated tummies and happy hearts. John and Elora clearly aims at providing their guests with the best possible experience, and succeed every step of the way.
John prepared a four course meal just for us, each part of which was created with finesse and an incredible attention to detail, using only the finest ingredients. The lovely Elora hosted the evening alongside John with grace and superb hospitality, despite feeling poorly.

If you can't get to Ireland to visit then you simply must try their amazing "Boutique Marshmallows" which they sell in their online shop, very aptly named "Made in heaven", they are just to die for.
HIGHLY recommend a visit to The Devils Menu if in Ireland.

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