A new cookery school dedicated to local food producers and suppliers launched in Alnwick, Northumberland, yesterday.
Outcook, which has been set up above the Outlook Home Enhancement Centre, in Bondgate Without, hopes to have the perfect recipe to encourage people to cook for themselves rather than rely on fast food or ready meals.
Most of the food and utensils have been sourced locally, from the likes of butcher’s Turnbull’s of Alnwick for much of the food and House and Home to equip the kitchen.
There are a bowlful of classes planned, for pure novices to experienced cooks, including Italian, Chinese, French and Spanish cuisine, cooking with fish, the perfect afternoon tea, decadent dinners and many more.
Ben Keenan, who now runs Outlook and whose idea it was, said he was delighted with the way the first class had gone.
Outcook manager Karen Larkin said the first day had gone well and she was looking forward to developing the programme to cater for as many people as possible, especially corporate groups on team-building days. Game expert Emma Whittingham, who will take most of the classes, kicked off yesterday with Game On, a lesson in how to pluck, prepare and cook pheasant. Guest chefs from throughout the North East will also be invited to give classes.
Next Sunday, Gareth Kyle, a self-taught chef who is bringing pop-up restaurants to the North East, will be giving a flavour of the Mediterranean with his class Tapas and the Taste of Spain.
“We hope to enhance Alnwick’s reputation as a gastrohub and build on the town’s annual food festival, which was started by the local Lions Club nearly a decade ago and has become extremely popular,” she said. “There are already many good reasons to visit Alnwick, we hope Outcook will be one more.”
To find out more about Outcook, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07864956371 or 01665 603812.