News from Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

Students View from the Kitchen at ENTCS - Part one

Recently I asked one of our students, Sally Gardner, if she would write a two part blog on her experience of the first half of the term. This is part one and Sally has promised to send me part two after she has completed the course.

Here is Sally's view from the kitchen:

Planning Your Kitchen

As a professional chef, I am often asked what people should think about when planning the layout and storage within their kitchen.  Obviously, while the kitchen is the hub of any home, it’s for cooking, so thinking through the process and needs you have when preparing meals will enable you to design a layout that works for you.

Pop in to a Unique Pop Up

As a teacher and mentor, every day brings its own satisfactions and I am never happier than when groups of happy students leave our kitchens with not just new skills, but lovely food to take home.

Spice Up Your Social Life

Entertaining is such a social activity and there can be few things more satisfying than cooking a first-class meal for friends and relaxing with them to share it and enjoy the conversation.  These are the things of which special memories are made. 

Technical Challenge!

Like millions of others I love watching Great British Bake Off every week and it is interesting to watch the contestants from a professional point of view. Not just as someone who has written a book on all aspects of baking, but also as a teacher. I have one big beef with the format though. It frustrates me that when the contestants do their technical challenge they are not given all the instructions and it is usually the ones who have made elements of it before who shine, whilst the others who haven't just flounder!