News from Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

Easy Entertaining at Christmas Time

Easy Entertaining Buffet

Christmas is a time for enjoying food, family and friendship.  However, the rise of the lifestyle blogger and those seemingly perfect TV chefs, has put the pressure on us all to produce the perfect party for our Christmas guests.  It is no longer enough to just pull out the Ritz crackers and a bottle of wine, now we all have to produce the perfect spread and the finest fizz, yet still manage to look like Nigella as the guests arrive!

Who will win the Great British Bake Off 2018?

Danish Pastry

The winner of the Great British Bake-off will be, most probably, Prue Leith or Paul Hollywood.  As judges they have a high profile and the knock-on benefit of book sales and TV appearances is significant.  Paul Hollywood has allegedly amassed a fortune of £10m since joining the programme in 2010. 

More recently, I have noticed that my former boss, Prue Leith, who had swapped cookery books for writing novels – eight so far - has just published her first cookery book in 25 years.  The reason being that the TV bakers have inspired her to pick up her whisk once more.

Host a Traditional Burns Supper!


It’s that time of year again to dust down your kilts and prepare yourself for all things haggis and whisky to celebrate Burns Night!

Typically cold and dark, on the evening of 25 January Scotland will once again celebrate the life and work of the 18th Century poet Robert Burns. Burns has been celebrated ever since his death in 1796 and many Scots still spend the evening attending a Burns Supper in his honour. While some venues host formal Burns celebrations, we share some top tips for preparing to host a textbook Burns Supper in your own home!

The Great British Bake Off Final

Fiona Burrell and Prue Leith

Defeated by a social media muddle, the final of the Great British Bake Off was a slight anti-climax.  However, knowing what the outcome would be somehow took the edge off the anxiety when you want your favourite to win.  And in the end, it was the right person who came through.

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.