Smoke & Fire at the Pitmaster Masterclass with Decky Walsh of Holy Smoke

As part of the 2017 programme of events for A Taste of West Cork Food Festival, Kate Ryan of is welcoming Decky Walsh to West Cork for a Masterclass in the art of cooking low and slow over smoke and fire.

The most on-trend cookery technique to be sweeping across Ireland, smoke and fire cookery is here to stay. Hot on the heels of The Brill Grill Festival in Dublin and just ahead of the World BBQ Championships in Limerick in October, Ireland has truly started to embrace this method of cooking that is as old as time! Decky Walsh is one of Ireland’s foremost Smoke & Fire chefs based in Cork City and a fierce supporter of great local and artisan food producers.

Kate Ryan of said, “I am thrilled to be able to welcome Decky Walsh to West Cork to demonstrate his passion for low and slow cookery over smoke and fire.  Holy Smoke has been an instant hit on the progressive restaurant scene in Cork City winning Best Newcomer in Munster at the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards earlier this year. The smoke & fire food movement in Ireland has really taken off, and in this Masterclass participants will get an amazing opportunity to learn the best techniques from the best in the business.”

Decky is looking forward to returning to West Cork for this event. “West Cork is well known for its world-class food producers, some of which we feature on the restaurant menu, so I can’t wait to come back down and cook in such a beautiful location.

“We’ll be using six different methods for cooking over fire and smoke, using different rubs, brines, marinades, woods and charcoals to really get the best flavour out of everything we cook. I want this experience to be as hands on as possible, so I’ll be encouraging people to get stuck in too – it’s the best way to learn and to feel confident about using the techniques the moment you get back home. It’s going to be amazing!”

Kate added, “Decky has created an awesome menu and will be showing how to cook each element from scratch to juicy mouthful using the best ingredients from great West Cork producers.

“Everything that we do at this event will be easily replicated at home with Decky generously sharing his knowledge. After the Masterclass, we will be tucking into a massive feast of everything that Decky and his team will have been cooking throughout, culminating in the unveiling of the block pit where meats will have been slowly cooking overnight – delicious!”

This event is taking place at the, West Cork overlooking Warren Strand. Tickets can be purchased securely online at and cost €75pp. Event includes all food, light refreshments and notes.