The Course

What Do We Do?

Our two-week course has been designed to maximise children’s exposure to different foods and culinary techniques in a safe, fun environment.

But “FoodActivism” is not just about cooking, it gives young people the opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor activities, as well as exciting and educational field trips.

The FoodActive camp offers…..

  • Demonstration cookery classes by qualified chefs
  • Supervised hands-on cookery classes. Each student is paired with another to enhance teambuilding skills
  • Activities every day
  • Long relaxed lunch breaks cooked by our in-house chef
  • Weekly Hike and Picnic
  • Pupil teacher ratio of 8:1 (classes limited to 24)

Course Content:


  • Fish & Meat
  • Salads & Vegetables
  • Pastries & Desserts
  • Drinks
  • Food Awareness
  • Nutrition


  • Dodge Ball
  • Basketball
  • Tag Rugby
  • Table Tennis
  • Rounders
  • Hiking

The Course Fee Covers:

  • All tuition and excursion fees
  • All ingredients and food including snacks and a two course lunch cooked by our in-house chef
  • Recipe sheets/dietary information provided by our nutritionist
  • FoodActive chef’s kit with recipes
  • FoodActive Cookbook

Our Team

The Course Director

Garth McColgan is “Mr FoodActive”. A trained chef (and Latin scholar!), his passion in life is to introduce young people to the wonders of cooking, the joys of eating and the wisdom of good food habits. He developed the FoodActive concept more than a decade ago, and since then he has been teaching his unique course to students at Gonzaga College and St Conleth’s College, both on Dublin’s southside.

He has trained under some of the world’s finest chefs, with a large chunk of his training taking place under TV chef Paul Rankin at Belfast’s legendary Roscoff Restaurant (which was the first restaurant in Northern Ireland to be awarded with a Michelin Star).

The Course Co-ordinators:

Mark McColgan is the “Outdoor Pursuits” specialist on the FoodActive Team. Mark is a former restaurateur in his own right, having owned and managed The Blue Room Cafe (which specialised in modern Irish cuisine) in Dublin’s City Centre. But though he is still active in the kitchen, these days you are more likely to find him on a 50km cycle – or at the top of a mountain in Wicklow!

Paul Quinlan is a Failte Ireland trainer in the Hospitality Industry. But equally importantly, he is the currently the manager of Merrion Cricket Club in Dublin, as well as being a top cricketer himself. In fact, Paul is a keen sportsman across a number of disciplines, and he has plenty of experience in coaching young people of all abilities.