Harthill Cookery School Scoops Highly Commended Award For Best Small Cookery School UK 2013
On 11th November at the British Cookery School Awards in London the prestigious Highly-Commended Award for Best Small Cookery School UK 2013 went to the Cheshire based cookery school at Harthill.
‘We are absolutely delighted to win the award’ proudly says Brian Mellor, Chef Patron of Harthill Cookery School, ‘this was our first attempt after only being open for 2 years. Our category was the most entered with hundreds of schools from across UK vying for the title. The Judges, including Radio 2 presenter Nigel Barden, sifted through them to shortlist just 7 cookery schools for the final. It was stiff competition as many of the schools are well established and to be Highly Commended in such renowned company is fantastic’
‘It was difficult to decide the finalists and the winners, all seven are unique, extremely dedicated to what they do and very passionate about food and passing on skills. In the end, we introduced a special award for some categories where it was difficult to decide between the first two.’ – says Nigel Barden.
Housed in a previously closed beautiful grade II listed Victorian School building the Cookery School rapidly became the Number 1 Activity in Chester and Cheshire on the well-known review website Trip Advisor. Offering a wide variety of courses from two hour tasters through to week long ones for all ages and abilities, the cookery school has a bit of everything for everyone. Food enthusiasts can choose from baking, bread making, seafood, game, knife skills or international cuisines courses to open gift vouchers that are very popular for birthdays and Christmas.
‘We have been blessed with wonderful clients who aren't afraid to giggle when things go a bit amiss and whoop with delight when they see their creations work, who then spread the word about us and tell their friends about their great experience. This Award is not only the recognition of our work but a thank you to everybody who entrusted us with their time, their birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, dinners, evenings...and even children. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to bring this title to Cheshire, surrounding communities and to this School’ – says Brian.