I’ve always wanted to be one of those people that had been on a cookery course and could now produce a few exceptional dishes; where I host dinner parties and people call me a culinary genius. I will continue to keep this on my ‘keeping dreaming’ list but if you are ever in want of learning how to cook to a professional standard then you might want to consider a course or a workshop at The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School (ENTCS).
ENTCS is situated on Queens Street, a stones throw away from St Andrews Square and has gone from strength to strength since opening in 2009. The school has experienced significant growth in recent years and now has over 1,200 students annually from throughout the UK and overseas.
ENTCS offers professionals and amateurs the opportunity to study a number of courses, including three-month certificate and six-month diploma courses, as well as short themed courses and one-day workshops. They run cookery courses on Curry from Around the World, Japanese Cooking, Thai Cuisine and French Cuisine Food as well as teaching knife skills, cooking skills; beer and food matching courses and they also have a wine school. So there is something there for everyone.
The school was founded by published author and former principal of world renowned Leith’s School of Food and Wine, Fiona Burrell, who began her career in Edinburgh and has been teaching professional cookery courses for thirty years. Burrell’s team are highly qualified, experienced and passionate about teaching life cookery as a skill.
Famed for its courses, facilities and ethos, ENTCS has made its mark on cookery education and hospitality, and attracts national and international interest.
In August 2017, the award-winning school was announced as Cookery School of the Year at the Food Awards Scotland, held in Glasgow, beating off competition from five leading Scottish cookery schools.
ENTCS continues to produce successful diploma graduates who go on to a wide range of careers in food, from chefs in restaurants, private catering companies, food stylists and writers, to simply earning a living during gap years or university breaks. I was kindly invited to attend the Annual Student Lunch.
These students had just completed their 6 month professional cookery course and prepared and cooked a 3 course meal for 14 people. Well done to the students who done exceptionally well. I’m sure it would have been a nerve-racking couple of hours in the kitchen.
Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, 7 Queen Street, Edinburgh Tel : 0131 2264314 www.entcs.co.uk/