News from Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

Former ENTCS students open new Edinburgh restaurant

We have been following the progress of former students Roly and Rob with interest since they graduated in September 2016.  The two chefs met at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School whilst attending the Six Month Professional Diploma course. Both graduated with distinction.  Their latest venture is Edinburgh’s newest pizza restaurant: east PIZZA which opens on Saturday 7 October 2017 in Commercial Street, Leith.

Was it a Great British Bake Off?

With two Hollywood handshakes and a “style over substance” it was clear that not much has changed in the Great British Bake Off tent.  The innuendos were still there, cakes collapsed, the judges were suitably critical, the jokes were appalling and someone was sent home.

So a switch to Channel 4 has left life inside the tent pretty much as normal, with only a few brighter colours and some different faces reading from the same script, to make much of a difference. 

Waste Less Food

According to Zero Waste Scotland we waste around 1.35 million tonnes of food and drink every year. This is a shocking figure and the Scottish government has set a target of reducing waste by a third by 2025. In order for this to become a reality we all need to do our part. So, from the perspective of a cook, here are my thoughts on how we can each do our bit by shopping smarter and using leftovers better:

It is very easy, when doing a weekly shop, to buy more food than you need, but that doesn’t need to always be the case.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This year we have put a particular focus on olive oils and have started to sell a stunning new range from the Extremadura region in western Spain.  But what’s so special about olive oil and what should we be looking out for?

Choosing Knives

As everyone knows, perhaps the most worthwhile investment you can make to help your culinary skills is in a range of good quality knives to make all those preparation and finishing  tasks easier.  They need not cost a fortune, but will repay you time and again and, with a little care, last for ages.  Here are my top five picks:

Chef’s Knife: