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The King’s School, Ottery St Mary in Devon has beaten dozens of other cookery schools from across the country to win the accolade of Best Secondary School Cookery Department at the British Cookery School Awards hosted by BBC Radio 2’s food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden on Monday 17th November at Porchester Hall, London. Photo top (from left): Penny Jones, Deborah Capon, Angela Barons and Nigel Barden.
Nigel said: “The Food & Catering Department at The King’s School have decades of experience and provide inspiration, guidance and support for their students spanning across the year groups. They are consistently raising the bar for students which enable their Year 8 students (12-13 year olds) to consider cooking rack of lamb, scallops and chocolate fondants in an hour as part of their assessment. This year two of their older students (16 year olds) have started at Gidleigh Park on apprenticeships and three others are working or in apprenticeship at the acclaimed Jack in the Green at Rockbeare.
The department has raised the profile of the school in the wider community in terms of catering and is well recognised for the work they do. They constantly strive to raise results and in six years results have gone from 32% of students achieving A- C at GCSE to last year’s results of 94% A-C.
Deborah Capon, Head of Food and Catering at The King’s School who has been a trained food teacher for over 26 years added: “We are absolutely thrilled to win this award! It has been an exciting year for us and to win such an award and will inspire the staff and the students to work even harder to achieve our goals.”
With more than 400 cookery schools now operating in the UK, The British Cookery School Awards – sponsored by Kenwood, Maldon Salt, Lakeland, Braun and Premier Foods – honour all those excellent cookery schools that go above and beyond to deliver a first class cookery school experience. The awards aim to celebrate the important role that cookery schools play in driving Britain’s passion for cooking good, homemade food. As well as the prestige of winning an award, each category winner will receive a Kenwood Chef Sense, the latest ultimate kitchen machine for passionate novices and seasoned chefs alike.