The Wellbeing Farm has beaten dozens of other cookery schools from across the country to win the accolade of "Best Use of Local Produce" at the British Cookery School Awards 2013.
The results were announced last Monday night (11th November) at the Awards ceremony held at the Vintners’ Company in London. The event was hosted by head judge and BBC Radio 2’s food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden.
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.
In keeping with its rural setting the cookery school has a farmhouse feel and courses are based around rustic, artisan style cookery, with the aim of educating people about where food comes from, where and how it is produced and how lifestyle choices have an effect on the environment and health. The British Cookery School Awards judging panel agreed The Wellbeing Farm 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 are sponsored by Kenwood, said: “We like the way Wellbeing Farm makes local produce the hero, supporting local farmers where possible. What is different about this cookery school is its ‘passion for provenance’ – from insisting on local suppliers, to sourcing as much food from the farm as possible, promoting a ‘field to fork’ concept.”
Celia added: “We’ve only been open for six months and this is our first award. It’s very exciting and our hard work has paid off. Being a working farm and the provenance of food underpins everything we are about - seasonality, composting and sustainability are hot topics at The Wellbeing Farm. It’s lovely to win an award such as this.”
With more than 400 cookery schools now operating in the UK, The British Cookery School Awards – sponsored by Kenwood, Analon and Premier Foods – 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 the prestige of winning an award, each category winner will receive £1,000 worth of Kenwood products.
The Cookery School Awards 2013 took place at the Vintners’ Company in London, hosted by BBC Radio 2’s food and drink presenter Nigel Barden. The judging panel consisted of Nigel, Telegraph food writer Xanthe Clay and Guy Lincoln, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Centre of Hospitality and Retailing Management – the British public were asked to nominate their favourite cookery school.
For more information on the British Cookery School Awards, please visit www.britishcookeryschoolawards.co.uk
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STOP PRESS: The Wellbeing Farm was used by Newsround on the 19th November for filming!