Tara grew up in the restaurant business where she first learned about food from her Dad. She spent many summer and Christmas holidays working in the family business.
Tara graduated from Trinity College with a degree in Business Studies and Political Science but always felt the pull of the restaurant business—going straight from college to a position as assistant manager in a well-known Dublin restaurant. She went on to work in the kitchen of the family business, where she found she much preferred cooking to working front of the house.
While participating in some amateur cookery courses in Ballymaloe and Fairyhouse Cookery School, Tara realized she would love to teach cookery and indulge her passion for food. In a life-changing step, she left the family business to study professionally at Cordon Bleu in Paris to hone her skills. She followed her schooling with a stage at the Michelin-starred Chapter One in Dublin.
Tara now runs the East Coast Cookery School where she offers private cookery lessons to guests who have a bit of a laugh, maybe a glass of wine or two and will cook a scrumptious meal. The school is located in the picturesque village of Termonfeckin in Co. Louth, just a one hour drive north of Dublin. The long sandy beach and beautiful country views make it an ideal setting. At the nearby fishing village of Clogher Head, fish can be bought straight off the boat, making local, fresh ingredients an integral part of The East Coast Cookery School experience.
Tara is a regular on TV3 and LMFM and author of the cookbook Good Food, No Stress.