Ballymaloe has recipe for success as profits rise
Accumulated profits at Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery School last year increased to €2.7m.
New accounts show that the firm that operates the Co Cork cookery school recorded profits of €62,134 in the 12 months to the end of August last.
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This followed Ballymaloe Cookery School Ltd recording a €45,548 loss in 2017.
The firm employs 60 and staff costs last year totalled €1.97m.
One of Darina Allen's sons, Toby, is general manager of the school and was appointed to the company board in February of last year.
Mr Allen said: "After a number of difficult years where we had some one-off expenses that we needed to absorb, thankfully last year was more upbeat and we once again showed a small profit."
The bedrock of the school's operation is the school's 12-week certificate course, which costs €12,595 per person and runs three times a year
"This year has again been challenging with Brexit causing uncertainty that has had an effect on our Irish and British students," said Mr Allen said.
"Our current 12-week course is a little under-subscribed - about 5pc down - but still shows the international character of our students with 14 nationalities present."
Mr Allen added: "Our next 12-week course in September is on course to be fully subscribed and we have tackled the uncertainty caused by Brexit by increasing our advertising and social media exposure."
The school has been operating since 1983.