Community kitchen wins top award

A Deal-based cookery school has scooped a prestigious national award, beating the likes of Jamie Oliver.

The Clinique Ports Community Kitchen, which is based at The Chequers in Golf Road, was awarded the prize for best Community focused Cookery School 2014.

The cookery school offers low-cost, subsidised cooking lessons for local people who want to learn how to cook healthy dishes on a restricted budget.

Speaking to Kent Online, the director of food and education at Chequers community kitchen, Pieter van Zyl, said:

“We are thrilled to have won this award. It’s gratifying to have recognition of our work which we really enjoy. We’re on a mission to teach as many people as possible to cook with fresh ingredients so they can eat well on a budget and chuck out the ready meals.”

He also mentioned how several people who have taken classes at the kitchen have recently gotten jobs in the catering industry.

The award was presented by Looking to Cook, which is an independent website that reviews cooking schools in the UK.

Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food came second in the category, but Chequers won the top spot, thanks to the diversity of the clients they support. This shows that people don’t only have to be based in posh kitchens in Chester, or have a celebrity figurehead, to excel in the culinary arts.

Clinique Ports Community Kitchen is also set to deliver cooking lessons out in the community, which will be run and delivered by a number of volunteers.

Posted by Peter
November 17, 2014

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