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Cookery school CEO earns national recognition

The CEO and founder of Ashburton Cooking School, has been identified among the United Kingdom’s 100 most influential females in the tourism, travel, leisure and hospitality industries.

Stella West-Harling, a leading member of the organic produce movement in the South West, has been included in the Top 100 list that was revealed at a exclusive event in London.

The list also includes prominent women such as Nigella Lawson, Prue Leith, Delia Smith, Jill Stein and Ruth Rogers.

Ms West-Harling was chosen in recognition of the huge work she has done to galvanise the various parts of the food and drink sector across Dartmoor by endorsing excellent quality, locally sourced produce and the importance of a healthy approach to life. She also received praise for her involvement in developing imaginative cookery courses at the award winning Ashburton Cookery School that she set up in 1992.

Since 2008, the Cookery School has been delivering cooking courses to many of the school cooks from across Cornwall and Devon on behalf of the School Food Trust. The Cookery School has also developed strong links with the Princes’ Trust where it seeks to encourage disadvantaged youngsters to consider develop a catering career.

Stella believes that her nomination acknowledges the relevance of this type of work with youngsters. She also feels it is essential that tomorrow’s consumers appreciate the importance of local and good healthy food: “When I was first started out, the organic food market was considered as slightly alternative; however it is now highly regarded.

Our cookery school is always keen to promote the attitudes of high quality and sustainable, locally sourced produce along with raising the standard of training quality for the next generation in the food industry of tomorrow.”

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National Charity Launches Cookery Courses Aimed At Education Sector

The Schools Food Trust (SFT) has designed a series of low cost cookery courses aimed specifically at the education sector.

The SFT was established in 2005 and is a national charity and specialist advisor to the Government on matters relating to children’s food, school meals and related issues.

The aims of the SFT are to ensure that children receive the food education; cookery skills and balanced diet that they will need to live a healthy life and achieve their potential.

The series of one-day courses will include topics such as how to develop flexible and compliant menus and how to put the fun back into cooking and food.

Other subject areas will include engaging pupils and parents with healthy food; creative marketing of school meals and increasing the take up of free school meals.

A spokesman for the SFT explained that the courses will cover the key issues currently affecting school food, with the content developed from expertise that has been gained through working in partnership with numerous schools since 2005.

The SFT are confident that the low-cost courses will provide a great deal of practical help to those looking to increase the take up of school meals. Delegates should expect to leave with a number of ideas and actions that have been used effectively in schools throughout the country.

The SFT has recently published figures showing that the number of children choosing to eat school meals has grown for third successive year. However the majority of children still opt not to eat school meals.

The sessions will begin in the autumn with courses in Birmingham and London and prices starting from as little as £150. Further information is available online at