A Yorkshire farm that opened a new cookery school just 12 months ago has been awarded the Most Remarkable Newcomer at the East Yorkshire Tourism Awards.
The Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School in Southburn focuses on local produce and was established as part of farming diversification scheme.
The principal tutor at the cookery school, Ali Bilton, initially thought of establishing a school in York. However, this plan was changed following a series of conversations with JSR Farms; the country’s largest family owned farming business.
“JSR mentioned that they had premises that they thought would be a perfect site for a cookery school,” explained Ali.
“It means that there is a constant supply of quality local food for us to use in the kitchen.
“A recent course, Yorkshire Born & Bred, focused on demonstrating to students how you are able to make meals entirely with produce from the county. It proved so effective that we are planning to continue to run it again.”
Ali feels that the trend for television cookery shows has been motivating more and more people to cook, but that sometimes they give the appearance that cooking is much more difficult than it needs to be.
“I think that sometimes people are put off because they believe that almost everything has to be cooked to a michelin-star standard.
“Our focus is geared much more towards creating quick and easy meals, particularly for students.
The manager of the cookery school, Alison Johnson has worked with several farming businesses all over the county. She feels that the accolade will provide the encouragement that will help the school move forward.
The school has installed brand new kitchen equipment and can accommodate ten cookery students at any one time.
All who attend a cookery course at Yorkshire Wolds are welcome to take home the food that they have cooked.