A Big Thank You

June’s Charity Afternoon Teas raised £400 for Exeter based charity Balloons. Balloons do amazing work in the community, helping children overcome the tragedy of bereavement.  They recently wrote to us to tell us how the money raised will be put to use. “The Balloons Team would like to say a huge thank you to you for […]

Graduate Stories – The Cook of Champions

  On Saturday 27th May, our local team, Exeter Chiefs lifted their maiden Premiership title.  Twenty years ago, Exeter would be found in Rugby Union’s fourth tier.  Their rise to champions has been nothing short of miraculous and celebrations no doubt ran long into the night. Amongst those celebrating, would have been an ex-pupil of […]

Charity Dining Club – Review

Held over four evenings, Charity Dining Club is an opportunity for our aspiring chefs to showcase their skills, whilst getting experience in catering for large groups in a fine-dining environment.  All proceeds for this  bi-annual event go to local charity, Bank Youth Project, who do fantastic work in the community. We’ve had some wonderful feedback […]

Meet The Chef

Alan Stannard Chef Tutor Born and raised in Devon, Alan joined Ashburton Cookery School in 2012, having began his career at The White Hart in stunning Dartington, at the time home to the world-famous Dartington Arts College.  Under the guidance of chef David Beasley, who teaches our Academy students in the science of foraging, he […]

Ashburton at the Exeter Food Festival

The Exeter Food and Drink Festival begins this Saturday (29th April), running until Monday.  The Festival is an annual event held in the courtyard of Exeter Castle and the surrounding Northernhay Gardens, right in the centre of Exeter. Last year, the festival attracted over 20,000 people, and this year is shaping up to be the […]

Meet The Chef

Lee Austin Chef Tutor Prior to joining Ashburton Cookery School in February 2016, Lee was the head chef at the popular Monty’s on the Barbican in his hometown of Plymouth.  Beginning his career during his last year of school, Lee won the SWEB Trainee Catering Student of the Year Award, whilst doing his apprenticeship under […]

Foragers Apprentice: Wild Garlic

In Season Wild Garlic As spring arrives so do the first shoots of Wild Garlic, often found growing in woodland near clumps of bluebells or along the roadside. It has distinctive long leaves and is easily identified by the sweet aroma they give off. As an ingredient it is the leaves, rather than the bulbs, that are […]