Success for Brookes Restaurant Cookery and Wine School

Thursday, 18 May 2017

2017-05-19-Success for Brookes Restaurant Cookery and Wine School

Brookes Restaurant Cookery and Wine School is now an official member of the Independent Cookery School Association, (ICSA).

Brookes Restaurant Cookery and Wine School is now an official member of the Independent Cookery School Association, (ICSA).

Becoming a member of ICSA is incredibly reputable for the Brookes Restaurant Cookery and Wine School, as other notable members include Ashburton Cookery School, Leith’s School of Food and Wine, Michel Roux Junior Cookery School and many more.

Amanda Belz, Assistant Head Chef Trainer, said “It is a fantastic achievement to gain this accreditation and I am so proud of the team.

“The School started around 18 years ago, after an inspirational work experience at Rick Stein’s cookery school. The first course was children’s cookery on weekdays, which fitted in well during the half term school holidays. The courses were all themed for example; fish reflected on inspiration from Rick Stein, plus there was Indian cookery, a taste of China and a Christmas cookery course.

“It was several years before the School developed to accommodate adult’s cookery courses. In the beginning there were around six to eight courses a year, which I designed and created. Over the years, customers have travelled as far afield as Europe to attend here. There are now over 20 courses on offer and customers are eager to try our new courses being developed.”

Jonathan Warhurst, Brookes Restaurant Operation Director said “Due to the demand from customers and Amanda’s enthusiasm to build upon the success, we are inviting external trainers to strengthen and widen the range of courses.

“Currently, Amanda and Janette have a passion for running the bread courses, from basic to advanced, festive to world breads. While team members Leon Allen and Lisa Cross run the Mediterranean and the Tapas courses. Each team member runs the course based on a theme that they have a personal interest in and a wealth of knowledge in.

“External guests include Kashmira Patel for Indian cookery, while Adriana Rabinovich specialises in gluten free cookery.

“Each cookery school course has up to ten students with two trainers. The end of the course culminates with a fabulous group lunch, accompanied by a glass of wine.”

In addition to the ISCA accreditation, the Brookes Restaurant Cookery and Wine School were accredited by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, (WEST) five years ago and offer two global courses, which are run by Sue Pueschel. There is the Level 1 Certificate in Wine and the Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Wine and Spirits.

They also offer the Brookes Wine Series, which includes sessions such as:

• An introduction to white (or red) grapes and the basics of tasting
• Food and wine matching, how it works and why
• The Brookes picnic and vineyard tasting.

Currently the Brookes Restaurant Cookery and Wine School is in the process of developing the School further by adding more courses to the calendar and introducing courses on week days. To find out more visit the website.