UK Cookery School Awards 2014

Looking to Cook’s 3rd annual awards to find the nation’s best cookery school have launched for 2014.  There are now hundreds of cookery schools in the UK offering an impressive range of specialist classes. Our awards aim to highlight and reward the very best.  As the independent experts in the field, and the only organisation that regularly reviews cookery schools, Looking to Cook is ideally placed to give recognition to schools leading the way and offering something that little bit special.  The finalists will be competing for the 2014 Cookery School awards, run in association with Tabasco Pepper Sauce, in the following categories:  Best cookery school (This will be the overall winner from a shortlist that will include one school from each region on the Looking to Cook map.)
Best cookery course (Three hours or less.)
Best day cookery course or food learning experience (This category is open to all food experience providers.)
Best community oriented cookery schoolNEW for 2014: Most Sustainable Cookery School (This will be awarded by the Sustainable Restaurant Association using a programme customised to measure a range of sustainable factors within schools. The winner will receive SRA accreditation and  a year's free membership to the SRA.)
Best cookery school tutorBest ‘diploma’ cookery course (This category is open to providers of certified courses no shorter than one-week long.)

   Full details about how to enter the awards are available on the Looking to Cook website.  The judging panel will include Henry Harris, a Leiths graduate and chef-patron at Racine restaurant in south-west London; Nick Wyke, founder of Looking to Cook, and Celia Brooks Brown, cookery author and teacher and founder of London’s Gastrotours.  Public votes and comments for a particular school, course or tutor can be made via the comments box at the bottom of a school’s profile on the Looking to Cook website, or via our TwitterFacebook or Pinterest pages, using the hash-tag #cookschoolawards.  The quality and volume of what the judges consider to be authentic support for a candidate will be taken into consideration when reaching their final verdict.  “Last year’s entries really highlighted the tremendous range of cookery schools in the country,” says Nick Wyke, the founder of Looking to Cook. “It seems that in the cookery school industry the bar is being raised higher each year.  “Above all we are looking for evidence of solid instruction in an open environment where students can learn and indulge their passion for food. We are also looking for consistency and creativity in the conception and execution of classes, and a capacity to share knowledge through compelling teaching. The winners will be the sort of school or course that people would like to return to again and again.”  It’s simple to get involved, and there are excellent PR and marketing opportunities for participating schools. The looking to Cook Cookery School Awards are the ultimate showcase for the industry and we strongly recommend that the owners of all schools enter the competition. Entry deadline is October 1st 2014.  For more information please contact Nick Wyke on 0207 228 7991 or 0794 111 5857 or email 

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