Ashburton Cookery School shortlisted for top industry award

British Cookery School Awards Finalists Announced

Ashburton Cookery School has been shortlisted as a finalist  in the Best Large Professional Cookery School category of the 2014 British Cookery School Awards sponsored by Kenwood.

With more than 400 cookery schools now operating across the county, the British Cookery School Awards 2014 honour excellent cookery schools that go above and beyond to deliver a top notch cookery school experience. Launched in 2012, the awards celebrate the important role that cookery schools play in driving Britain’s passion for cooking good, homemade food.

The Ashburton Cookery School were voted Best English Cookery School in 2012, and received the People’s Choice Award for Best Cookery School in 2013.

‘We are absolutely thrilled to have made it through to the finals for the third year running’, says Chef Director, Darrin Hosegrove.  ‘The British Cookery School Awards are unique as they are judged by a panel of experts.  We have had a huge year this year having expanded our cookery school in Devon and launching new courses, so this is the icing on the cake.’

Foodie aficionado and BBC food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden, heads up the judging panel, which also includes Delicious Magazine Editor, Karen Barnes, Kenwood’s Developmental Chef Martin Johns, Premier Foods Developmental Chef Anthony Warner as well as Guy Lincoln, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Centre of Hospitality and Retailing Management.

The judges have been impressed with the consistently high standard across categories and cookery schools. Head judge Nigel Barden said: “It is really gratifying to be involved with the Kenwood British Cookery School Awards which attracts a magnificent number of entries who prove to be amazingly diverse. It is rewarding to see how much it means to the recipients, giving them an official standard of excellence and appreciation, not just by their students but from professionals within the food industry”.

The winners will be revealed in a London awards ceremony on Monday 17th November.

Ashburton has been selected as a finalist in the following categories:

  • Best Large Recreational Cookery School
  • Best Large Professional Cookery School
  • Best Use of Local Produce

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