Cooking up the perfect recipe for learning in the kitchen

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Classes are now selling like hot cakes for Alnwick’s new cookery school, which is set to open its doors next month.

The emphasis at the venture will be very much on local produce.

Owner Ben Keenan, who is setting up the facility above his Outlook Home Enhancement Centre in Bondgate Without, Alnwick, wants to source ingredients from local producers and suppliers as much as possible and employ local chefs to take the classes

The principal teacher will be Emma Whittingham, whose book Game On, in association with Alnwick Food Festival and Northumberland Estates Game, was well-received.

It contained a foreword by Michelin-starred French chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, a big fan of the town’s festival.

Emma will be taking the majority of the classes in Outcook, which is due to open on February 1, with her first one based on game.

The session will involve learning how to pluck and prepare a pheasant as well as making two meals using game and some side dishes. You will also make a dessert.

Other classes include Tapas and Taste of Spain, Bread Making, Something Fishy, Farmer’s Market Friday, Valentine’s Night and Canapes, Nibbles and Tasty Treats .

There are also classes for youngsters during the school holidays and teenagers due to go off to university.

You could learn how to make the most perfect of pies, the best curry from scratch, an afternoon tea or a range of vegetarian options.

“Classes will be fun yet informative and the aim is for all attendees to go away to their own kitchens and be creative,” said Ben. “The cookery school will provide you with all the equipment and ingredients you need for a great experience in a home-from-home environment.”

Full-day classes are available for £89.

If you would like more information about the classes, contact Karen on 07864956371 or Ben at Outlook on 01665 603812.

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