Hello there!

I’m Joanna, I write about cooking and the enjoyment of food. I started writing about my food adventures after I came home to Ireland from San Francisco to train at the Ballymaloe Cookery School.

I cook delicious, wholesome food for retreats and host unique cookery workshops and events.


Read My Blog

I turned my notebook with favourite family recipes into a blog. Here I share dishes I’m enjoying, pretty photos of food, and thoughts on feeling better physically and mentally through cooking, and eating what you love without guilt.

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About Joanna

From my family's food business in Dublin to the tech world in San Francisco, back to cookery school in Ireland, I now cook at events and retreats and combine my cookery and life coach skills to help people get organised in the kitchen.

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Work With Me

I am available to cook at retreats in Ireland and abroad, and host unique cookery workshops and events. I also offer 1:1 and small group cookery classes designed for your particular needs. 

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"Joanna Bourke isn't just a chef, she is a magician who uses food to deeply nourish her clients. Joanna prepared my retreat menu with love and care and delivered masterpieces at each meal. Thank you for being so amazing."

-Susan Hyatt, Master Certified Life Coach, Entrepreneur