As a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and the teacher behind the award-winning Tasty Tart cookery school, Tara Walker knows how to stay cool when catering for a crowd. Even when under pressure in the early days.

“My husband was assembling chairs from IKEA at five o’clock that afternoon,” she recalls of one of her very first classes, as she sets a piping hot pot of coffee and a plate of salted caramel shortbread on the table of her sunlit kitchen in Termonfeckin, Co Louth.