News from Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

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!

Returning to Work after a Career Break

With teenage children myself, I know many mums who are looking to get back into work but are unsure of what exactly they are qualified to do.  For many women who choose to give up or reduce their careers in order to look after their children, going back to work again is the hardest part.

Preparing for University

Every parent who has sent their children off to university has experienced that moment of panic over whether or not they will actually be able to feed themselves -  I know I certainly have.  The fear is they will resort to a diet based exclusively on microwave rice and cheap frozen pizzas because they are too focused on studying (or other extracurricular activities) to work out how to prepare cheap and healthy meals that will fuel them for all the fun they will be having.

Turn a Passion for Food into a Career

Turn a Passion for Food into a Career 

Whether you are leaving school or looking for a change, deciding what career you really want to pursue requires a lot of self-reflection, conviction and indeed, a bit of courage too. Taking what you love to do and turning it into a profession can be challenging. As the head of a school I've seen people come from lots of different circumstances and backgrounds and seen first-hand the drive they have to succeed and I’m very proud of what my school has to offer to help them achieve their dreams.