The Chef’s Room named Best Welsh Cookery School 2012
The Chef’s Room Fish and Cookery School in Blaenavon, near Abergavenny has beaten two other top Welsh cookery schools to win the accolade of Best Welsh Cookery School at the British Cookery School Awards.
Lindy Wildsmith, food writer, tutor and owner of The Chef’s Room, picked up her trophy at the awards event which took place at the Vintners’ Company in the heart of the City of London, hosted by BBC Radio 2’s food and drink presenter Nigel Barden.
The Chef’s Room Fish and Cookery School was opened by Lindy, and chef and consultant Franco Taruschio OBE, in 2009. The state-of-the-art teaching facility is located in the premises of Vin Sullivan, the wholesale supplier of fresh fish, giving its students access to some of the best fresh fish and produce in the country. The school runs a regular annual programme of classes for the enthusiastic cook, including Welsh cooking and produce, as well as a wide range of Italian regional cookery classes.
Nigel Barden, head judge of the British Cookery School Awards which is headline sponsored by Kenwood said: “For this category we were looking for an all-round cookery school success story, and the winner had to have that extra special something which makes it the crème de la crème of cookery schools in Wales.
“The Chef’s Room is at the heart of an area where there are many deprived communities and it recognises the need to provide support for local people and schools. Lindy and Franco’s combined experience and vision, has ensured the school is a success, even though it is off the beaten track, which made it a worthy winner.”
Lindy added: “We were up against the best of the best in Wales, so to win this award is a real honour. Our country now has such a high calibre of cookery schools which we should be extremely proud of. The level of skills and teaching within Wales is on a par with the top cookery schools in the world so it was excellent to see that the British Cookery School Awards had a dedicated Welsh category.”
With more than 250 cookery schools now operating in the UK, The British Cookery School Awards were set up this year to honour all those excellent cookery schools that go above and beyond to deliver a first class cookery school experience. The awards aim to celebrate the important role that cookery schools play in driving Britain’s passion for cooking good, homemade food.
As well as taking home the Best Welsh Cookery School trophy (sponsored by Dr. Oetker), the Chef’s Room Fish and Cookery School won a top-of-the-range Kenwood kitchen appliance. The judging panel consisted of Nigel, Michelin-star chef Martin Blunos, the Centre of Hospitality and Retailing at Leeds Metropolitan University and Kenwood’s development chef Martin Johns. View the full line-up of award winners here
Lindy is giving a Tutored Tasting – Advance Party Preparations at the Christmas Fair (Angel Hotel Ballroom, 12.30pm, Sun 9 Dec)
She’ll be introducing some simple and delicious treats that can be made in advance and stored in the freezer or fridge and pulled out and served at the drop of a hat. Think potted crab canapés, gravalax with cinnamon and orange notes, or marzipan and mincemeat tart. All the recipes of the dishes you taste can be found in Lindy’s book ‘Cured’ which was short-listed for the André Simon Food Book of the Year. Buy tickets online now