News from Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

Cookery to conveyor belt – everyone’s a winner

It’s far from all work and no play within our walls. In fact, we actively encourage people to have fun while they work – particularly companies who come to us for teambuilding ideas with a difference. One financial services firm that visited us was looking for something that everyone could participate in, that had an element of competitiveness and that delivered outcomes – as you might expect from a firm concerned with the bottom line!

Kitchen novice to employable cook in a month!

Leaving school is an exciting time for young people.  I know many who have their heart set on university and a few years studying and enjoying student life.  For others, it is the chance to start a dream career.

From Knife Skills to Life Skills

Many people dream of running their own restaurant, bistro or cafe and those dreams are born out of a passion for food and hospitality.

However, the desire to delight people with culinary creations is not enough in itself to succeed as a professional chef.  The world of gastronomy is competitive and cost-driven and many dreams have been dashed because more focus went on the presentation on the plate rather than on what the accountants will see on the bottom line.

Recipe Development and Food Photography

Last week, as part of the course, our students had to devise a recipe and have it photographed. In fact this exercise had started long before last week. They are given a few themes that they can devise a recipe for. Once they have chosen their theme they then think of three ideas. We choose one of these ideas and they develop it. They come to the kitchen and test their recipe. We look at it and discuss it and tell them where they need to improve it both for flavour, texture etc. and for how it will look in the photograph.

Chocoholics delight!

We are at a very busy part of the Intermediate Certificate course. The majority of the students are also nearing the end of their Six Month Cookery Diploma and we like to keep them busy! Last week they all went off to various restaurants and bakeries around the city to do some work experience. Yesterday Charlotte Flower, a chocolatier who is based in Aberfeldy, came to give the students a chocolate workshop. They made ganache, which they flavoured with all sorts of things including, herbs, alcohol, fruit, spices, nuts and, even in one case, truffle oil!