Student Stories – Kenny Rorie

We recently caught up with the Kildare Dream Team of Kenny and Armelle of Armelle’s Kitchen. Kenny studied with us here at Cooks Academy and completed the 4 Week Certificate in Practical Cookery.

We remember Kenny fondly; his lifelong passion for cooking was visible in his knowledge and his enthusiasm for each and every day’s culinary theme. He particularly excelled in baking and desserts and we loved to see the attention to detail and technique he employed as well as a creative flair. He was an absolute pleasure to teach and we wish him all the very best with his new business. We can’t wait to visit Armelle’s Kitchen in Kilcullen’s Farmer’s Markets and we will certainly be gorging ourselves on their macarons!

Some of Kenny's dishes from his time with us on the Certificate in Practical Cookery

I did the 4 week course in 2012 after choosing to take voluntary redundancy from my Engineering job with Pfizer.  Having spent 20 years in Maintenance Engineering I fancied a change of direction.  My wife Armelle started the cake business in 2009 and we opened a shop in 2010 and from that we wanted to expand into outdoor catering.  I wanted to gain some experience in cooking (having been an avid amateur cook) from professionals and the 4 week course was a perfect fit.  The course helped me gain valuable skills in food preparation and delivering within tight timelines.  It made me more confident and organised as a cook, Vanessa and the team were all excellent tutors and mentors.  The range of knowledge gained is invaluable to me.  I would highly recommend Cooks Academy to someone wanting to learn or expand their skills/knowledge in cooking in a friendly environment with the best teachers.

The catering company I started after the course is on hold for now as we decided in 2013 to focus on the cakes! We bake all our pastries and occasion cakes and macarons in our open kitchen in Kilcullen and do weekly outdoor markets and cater for all events such as Weddings, Birthdays and more.  We are best known for our handmade French macarons and even had them at our Wedding!”


Kenny and Armelle's handmade French macaron wedding tower!

 You can find out more about Kenny and Armelle’s culinary delights by following the links below:

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For more details about our 4 Week Certificate in Practical Cookery, please visit our website or email

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