CHRISTINE McFadden Cookery Courses in Littlebredy, near Dorset's famous Jurassic Coast, have been short-listed in the Best Use of Local Ingredients category of the inaugural British Cookery School Awards. The courses are also in the running for the People's Choice: Britain's Favourite Cookery School, voted for by the public.
The British Cookery School Awards were launched in June to celebrate and honour cookery schools' hard work and dedication to driving Britain's passion for cooking good, homemade food.
Christine (aka The Dorset Foodie) is up against stiff competition from five other cookery schools across the country. Entrants to the Best Use of Local Ingredients category had to demonstrate that they go above and beyond to ensure they use seasonal, local ingredients, as well as proving that they sustain strong relationships with suppliers and are committed to supporting the local economy.
Christine is not short of testimonials:
"She always buys the ingredients for her classes from local producers" - Patricia Barker, Bride Valley Farm Shop, Abbotsbury
"I wish there were more cooks like Christine. Her main aim is always to support local small businesses, and her appreciation of local and seasonal produce is refreshing". Pat Bowcock, Organics, Litton Cheney. And as Christine herself says: "It is not unknown for me to go miles out of my way to get fresh veg from a local supplier, rather than nip into the nearest supermarket."
Head judge of the British Cookery School Awards, Nigel Barden, said: "It was amazing to get such a good response to the awards. It was gratifying that such store is set by using local, ethically sourced ingredients and that many establishments are integrated so well into their communities. This is reflected in their on-going relationships with youth clubs, community centres and schools, which provide the opportunity to cook, often for the first time. The range of these awards helps celebrate some remarkable individuals and cookery schools."
The winners of the British Cookery School Awards' 14 categories will be announced at the awards event at the Vintners' Company in central London on Tuesday 13th November. The winners of each category will receive a top-of-the-range Kenwood kitchen appliance, as well as a trophy and the accolade of being a British Cookery School Awards 2012 champion.
Luke Stuart of White Pepper Cookery School at Lytchett Matravers is also a finalist in the awards, in the classes for Best Short Cookery Course and Best Community Focused.