School ready to get cooking

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A new “temple to Yorkshire gastronomy” will welcome its first batch of students this Friday.

The Malton Cookery School opens with a demonstration class and dinner led by The Talbot Hotel’s head chef Craig Atchinson, who will share tips and techniques that are used by him and his team at the town’s award-winning hotel.

Other courses at the former congregational chapel on Saville Street, Malton, include a short class for parent and child; summer entertaining; Sunday brunch; picnics for the races and a course designed to take all the stress out of making food for the family.

There are also classes “just for men” and seasonal courses such as “Cooking with Game” and Christmas entertaining.

And to celebrate the return of the Malton Food Lovers’ Festival next weekend, there will be hourly sessions and demonstrations featuring guest chefs – offering a great opportunity to chat with the chefs themselves and learn more about their style of cooking.

Courses at the school, which is being operated in partnership with The Talbot Hotel and James Martin Restaurant, start from £15.

Tips will also be shared on how to shop for and cook with the best local produce that Ryedale and Yorkshire has to offer.

Gilly Robinson, the course tutor, said: “The kitchen is very warm and friendly, with cooking appliances similar to those we have at home rather than a professional kitchen.

“When we break for coffee or lunch we all sit together round the kitchen table which gives everyone the chance to exchange ideas and ask questions.

“Above all, we want people to have fun and really love what they do.”

She added: “We’re also open for exclusive use; perhaps friends who have got together to learn a particular skill or a corporate group activity away from the office. Our bespoke hen parties teach small groups fun things such as how to mix cocktails and make canapés.”

l Members of the public are invited to an open day at the new cookery school tomorrow, between 12pm and 5pm.

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