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Stella West-Harling MBE, founder of the Independent Cookery Schools Association, shares her thoughts on why cookery schools have become so popular and important in enhancing the learnings and experiences of the next generation of gourmands and aspiring Chefs.
“It has been said that Britain has the most cookery schools per capita than any other country. As a nation, we’ve come quite a way, given the routine sneers we were used to, that deemed us a foodie’s desert. Yet there has been an interest in cookery skills ever since Mrs Beeton wrote the world’s most successful cookery book and Mrs Marshall held her
classes with up to 2,000 ladies in attendance in 1860.
Our recent love affair with cookery skills began at the turn of the new millennium. There has been an enormous increase in the number of cookery schools to about 1,200 across
the country. TV cookery shows draw huge audiences and live cookery demonstrations and food festivals inspire people in small villages and towns the land over. Our love affair with
food crosses all boundaries – age, nationality, beliefs and gender. All are equal in the kitchen.
The Independent Cookery Schools Association was set up in 2013 to ensure that cookery schools meet the highest standards so that you know, if it is an ICSA school, it is an excellent
place to begin your cookery journey. You’ll find us from Scotland to Cornwall.
ICSA Cookery School Gift Vouchers
Our ICSA accredited schools have now become so popular, we have launched our own nationally accepted “Greatest British Cookery School” gift vouchers, accepted by our members UK wide. We are hoping to inspire others to teach the next generation of gourmands to apply their gifts to learn, inspire and share their new skills and to help improve their own awareness of Great British produce and cook more seasonably and sustainably in the nations kitchens.
For Search for ICSA Accredited Cookery Schools accepting our ‘GREATEST BRITISH’ Cookery School Gift Vouchers Here
Stella West-Harling MBE
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