About Catherine



Growing up on a farm in Ireland, Catherine can really appreciate the source of our daily ingredients and actively think about the way our food is produced.  Now third generation at Ballyknocken House, Catherine’s Irish blood and Italian heart is a winning combination.

With her effervescent charm and personality, Catherine Fulvio is an ardent supporter of fresh local produce and one of Ireland’s top culinary stars.  Born and raised at Ballyknocken, a working farm, Catherine has an inherent knowledge and understanding of food and cherishes the land and its produce. An expert cook her recipes reflect seasonal, easily sourced, quality ingredients and she is known for her no-fuss approach to food with a twist, often Italian!


Today Catherine is the proprietor of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School and an award-winning author of five cookbooks with three TV series under her belt.  As well as hosting regular cookery classes, both public and private in the cookery school, Catherine tours the island of Ireland making appearances at festivals and events, hosting fund-raising Cookery Demonstrations for sports organisations, schools and other public and private events drawing crowds of up to 600.

Back home at Ballyknocken Catherine, and her team of expert tutors welcome international guests as well as playing host to corporate and team building events in the Cookery School on a daily basis.  Through her work she has firmly established herself as a familiar face on TV screens both at home and abroad and she plays an important role in educating the next generation on food and food production related issues.

She is a regular on national radio and TV in Ireland and she is also the food writer for one of Ireland top-selling weekly magazines, the RTE Guide, and a regular contributor to the Irish Country Magazine.

Her latest TV series, Lords & Ladles, with Derry Clarke and Paul Flynn, airs Summer 2015 and she is currently filming for the second series of A Taste of Success with RTE.  Catherine has three TV series under her belt, “Catherine’s Italian Kitchen”, “Catherine’s Roman Holiday” and “Catherine’ Family Kitchen” which have aired in over a dozen countries.  She has had live TV appearances in the UK on the ever-popular, BBC Saturday Kitchen and in America on the NBC’s Today show where she has appeared numerous times on the top morning show.

An innovative entrepreneur, Catherine continues to expand her career, recently connecting with one of the world’s leading salad bowl producers.  Food is the basis of Catherine’s very being, not only is it what she does for living it is how she lives – through her work, her cookery school and her family & home in Ballyknocken House & Cookery School just outside Ashford in Co Wicklow.