Your Cookery Team

Meet some of our team:


Fiona Burrell - Principal

Fiona Burrell - Principle at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

Fiona Burrell opened the doors of The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, set in the heart of the city, in early December 2009. The school 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.

Fiona is an expert in life skills cookery, and started her career as assistant to the Principal at Edinburgh’s Woman and Home Cook School in Manor Place 30 years ago. Fiona went on to garner over 12 years experience working at the world-renowned Leiths School of Food and Wine.

During her time at Leiths, Fiona progressed from tutor to the school principal, while contributing to numerous publications including: Leiths Baking Bible, Leiths Vegetarian Bible, Leiths Book of Cakes, Leiths Cookery Bible and Leiths Complete Christmas.

Following her time at Leiths, Fiona worked extensively as a freelance consultant, writing, teaching, developing recipes, styling for food photography, leading cookery demonstrations and as a tasting panel member.

Fiona has held membership of the Guild of Food Writers since 1991, and has judged various cookery competitions including the Mouton Cadet/Times Cook of the Year and The National Cupcake competition.

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"Fiona Burrell was a brilliant teacher at Leith’s with a flock of ex-students now successfully working in the restaurant and catering worlds. She's good fun too, and the her own Edinburgh New Town Cookery School has a great atmosphere, part dedication to technique , part love of good food." Prue Leith 

"Fiona Burrell was my main teacher when I did the year long diploma course at Leith's School of Food and Wine. I wouldn't be the cook I am without having been taught by her. The time under her tutelage left a lasting impression on me and had far reaching results. It was also one of the happiest and richest periods of my life." Diana Henry, award winning food writer with The Sunday Telegraph and writer of many brilliant cookbooks.


Jess Shepherd – Teacher

Jess Shepherd – General Assistant at Edinburgh New Town Cookery SchoolJess began on the path to a career in food after she completed a Diploma at Leiths School of Food and Wine which she gained with Distinction.

Following her achievement at Leiths, Jess gained restaurant experience in London, at world-renowned restaurants Bibendum and Chez Bruce as well as Lidgates the Butchers – rated one of the top ten butchers in London. In addition, Jess has worked as a private chef for various clients in France and the UK.

Apart from teaching the students at ENTCS, Jess is our buyer. She is responsible for sourcing and ordering all our food and supplies. Jess's hard work ensures that the kitchen runs smoothly.

Jess Shepherd graduated from Edinburgh University in 2004 with an MA in Social Anthropology.


Hillary Wright - Registrar

Hilary Wright - Registrar at The Edinburgh New Town Cookery SchoolHillary Wright is the Registrar at The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, and is involved in the day to day administration of Scotland’s largest city centre cook school.

Hillary originally trained in secretarial skills in London, and has worked in various administrative roles in London and Edinburgh, with expertise in property related sectors.

A qualification in Human Resource Management obtained from Edinburgh’s Napier University has provided her with the interpersonal skills required for her role as Registrar at The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School.


Nicky Buchanan - Receptionist

Nicky Buchanan - Receptionist at Edinburgh New Town Cookery SchoolNicky Buchanan is a part-time receptionist at The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School.

Her role at the school means she is instrumental in the day to day running of the School and the booking of a range of courses from one day themed courses, to evening classes, one month courses and three month courses.

A former physiotherapist, Nicky is married with two grown up children and is currently studying for a Diploma in Computer Studies.



The School

Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, the latest cookery school to arrive in Scotland where we teach classic and creative cookery in a professional but informal atmosphere.

Students will develop the essential skills and confidence necessary to be a success. Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is situated in the heart of the Scottish Capital’s city centre, and offers courses, which will put every student on the right path to becoming a successful cook.

The diverse range of courses offer something for every level of ability, from chefs to homemakers and students to food enthusiasts. A practical, professional approach will give students the skills to cook with confidence.

The school spans five floors and offers panoramic views across the Firth of Forth. The venue has been renovated to provide a fully equipped teaching kitchen alongside a demonstration theatre, with capacity for 50 and a function room, which presents the ideal dining setting for corporate entertainment or team building. The range of facilities on offer allows the school to host a broad spectrum of cookery courses and activities. The building is also suitable for PR events and product launches. Our teachers and staff are highly qualified and bring many years of experience to the school.