In our busy lives we can often get so carried away with 'taking in' and 'eating out' that we forget to stop and smell the... rosemary.
And given that the tastiest meal is the one you cook yourself, that's an awful shame. So here are a few deadly cookery courses across Ireland to help you up your game over the summer months...
1. Ballyknocken Cookery School, Co.Wicklow
Founded by TV chef Catherine Fulvio, this course suits family-style chefs and is extremely popular. Better still, Ballyknocken also offers a place to stay and dinner in the farmhouse – so you can really make a weekend of it.
Click here or call (0404) 44627
2. Cooks Academy, South William Street
Located in the heart of the city, Cooks Academy runs a range of courses from beginner to expert – covering everything from weekend workshops to eight-week certificate courses, and from hen party days to special barbecue lessons.
These guys really know what they're doing – both in terms of education and the craft itself – and you'll be in good hands once you walk up those steps.
Click here or call 01 6111667
3.Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co.Cork
Ballymaloe probably doesn't need any introduction.
It's the world-famous cookery school, home to Darina and Rachel Allen, which runs three highly popular 12-week courses each year. But if you're not quite on for something that intense, their single-day classes cover everything from brunch specials to 'hands-on lamb butchery'.
Click here or call 021 4646785
4. Donnybrook Fair, Co.Dublin
You know them for their soups, salads and sandwiches – but what you might not have known is that they run courses from their location on Morehampton Road.
Here you'll find a beautiful kitchen which hosts a variety of themed evening and weekend courses for kids and adults, including (again) a BBQ masterclass.
Click here or call 668 3556
5. James Street South, Co. Belfast
Chef Niall McKenna runs this course from one of Belfast's top restaurants, James Street South.
Click here or call 028 90 434 310
6. Cloughjordan House, Co Tipperary
This place really has it all.
This school focuses on fresh home grown ingredients from their plot in the 400-year-old Coughjordan House – an incredible site, and an incredible getaway.
Click here or call 505 42492
7. Dunbrody House, Co Wexford
Celebrity chef Kevin Dundon's Dunbrody House offers a range of courses to suit all needs. Taught over one-, two- and five-day courses in the stunning cookery school in Wexford.
There's 'BBQ with a twist' (of course), Asian cuisine, fusion, and – intriguingly – Come Dine With Me prep sessions.
Click here or call 051 389600