Newlyns Cookery School in North Warnborough, Hook has beaten dozens of other cookery schools from across the country to win the accolade of Best Use of Local Ingredients at the British Cookery School Awards.
The judges were looking for cookery schools that can demonstrate maximum usage of local ingredients provided by local suppliers, and a strong relationship with these suppliers and the local economy. Showing how they go above and beyond to ensure they use predominantly seasonal, local ingredients was also key.
Established in 2008, 2,300 pupils are expected to cross Newlyns Cookery School's threshold by 2013. The British Cookery School Awards judging panel agreed Newlyns was a worthy winner and demonstrated an absolute passion and dedication to using local ingredients.
Nigel Barden, head judge of the British Cookery School Awards which is headline sponsored by Kenwood, said: 'We like the way Newlyns makes the local produce the hero of many of their classes and the fact they use produce from at least 15 different local suppliers. Teaching young students how to turn local soft fruit into jam, and seeing cattle on a farm tour made into beef lasagne, is true integration of local produce into the cookery class programme. Students can also learn how to make seasonal game dishes, following lessons on plucking, skinning and gutting.'
Abby Janaway, a partner of Newlyns Cookery School and Farm Shop added: 'We've won a number of awards over the past few years, but this is the first time we've taken home an accolade dedicated to cookery schools. The school is a thriving part of our business and local ingredients are extremely important to us, so we're thrilled to receive this award.'
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.
The Cookery School Awards 2012 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. As well as taking home the Best Use of Local Ingredients trophy - sponsored by The Bart Ingredients Co. - Newlyns 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.
Photo: Owner Abby Janaway, Head Teacher Hannah Westcott and Presenter Nigel Barden.