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Celebrity chef rustles up some tasty profits

Gordon Deegan

Published 15/10/2012 | 05:00

Chef Catherine Fulvio runs Ballyknocken Cookery School in Co Wicklow

The food firm owned by celebrity TV chef Catherine Fulvio served up tasty profits, with its accumulated profits increasing by €93,840.

Accounts filed by Ms Fulvio's Ballyknocken Cookery School in Co Wicklow show that its accumulated profits increased by 79pc from €119,463 to €213,304 in the 12 months to the end of December last.

Ms Fulvio said that she was "happy" with the family-run company's performance last year.

"Business is good, but it is not what it was like in 2005/06 and 07."

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Ms Fulvio said the company was now in "growth phase" and last year was an improvement on 2010.

The author of 'Cook like an Italian' said she is planning to expand the cookery school and her products in the next 12 months.

Ms Fulvio said that the results for the firm also include revenues generated by the four-star Ballyknocken Farmhouse and the Catherine Fulvio brand.

"We have also developed business streams in the US and UK, in the form of corporate and recipe development work, which has helped in the growth of the business and allowed us to take on staff as well."

The business employs 15 people, along with seasonal workers.

Ms Fulvio said that fewer tourists is a contributory factor to 2012 not looking as good as 2011.

"We are quite fortunate that we are not dependent on any one particular part of the business for income. We are holding our own," she added.

Ms Fulvio has had three TV series including "Catherine's Italian Kitchen' and said that her growing media profile "has helped the business enormously".

Irish Independent

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