The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School (ENTCS), set in the heart of the vibrant Scottish capital, has gone from strength to strength since opening in 2009. The school has experienced significant growth in recent years and now has over 1,200 students annually from throughout the UK and overseas.
ENTCS offers professionals and amateurs the opportunity to study a number of courses, including three-month certificate and six-month diploma courses, as well as short themed courses and one-day workshops.
The school was founded by published author and former principal of world-renowned Leith’s School of Food and Wine, Fiona Burrell, who began her career in Edinburgh and has been teaching professional cookery courses for thirty years. Burrell’s team are highly qualified, experienced and passionate about teaching life cookery as a skill.
Famed for its courses, facilities and ethos, ENTCS has made its mark on cookery education and hospitality, and attracts national and international interest.
In August 2017, the award-winning school was announced as Cookery School of the Year at the Food Awards Scotland, held in Glasgow, beating off competition from five leading Scottish cookery schools.
ENTCS continues to produce successful diploma graduates who go on to a wide range of careers in food, from chefs in restaurants, private catering companies, food stylists and writers, to simply earning a living during gap years or university breaks.
We’ve visited Edinburgh New Town Cookery School on a number of occasions and have always come away with some new skills and an increased passion for cooking. Did I mention cake? We also came away with an abundance of cake.
Passionate would-be chefs looking for a career change this year will find it at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School. The school trains aspiring, employable professional cooks with courses ranging between one, three and six months throughout the year.
The school offers a One Month Course, Three Month Beginners or Intermediate Certificate and Six Month Practical Cookery Diploma that equips students with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the food industry.
These four certificate courses allow people to learn all the fundamentals of life skills cooking.
The Three Month Beginners and Intermediate Certificate Course combined and gives an immediate stepping stone into a rewarding career within a professional kitchen.
Next course begins: 3 April 2018
Provides comprehensive training in cooking practices. Designed for those who wish to enter the food industry, this course is the first step to learning classical cookery skills.
Next course begins: 3 April 2018
Is designed for people with a solid knowledge and ability in basic cookery. It’s ideal for those wishing to take their cookery skills to the next level or for competent cooks who wish to have a formal training.
Next course begins: 25 June 2018
Covers the essential skills required for someone looking to use them working in shooting lodges, villas abroad or ski chalets over the summer/winter or on a gap year. It is also perfect for school leavers on their way to university or university students who want a skill to help them earn money in the holidays.
Next Courses begins: 18 June 2018
Following Course begins: 23 July 2018
The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School produces a range of highly skilled graduates many of whom take on great jobs as a result of their qualification. Below is an overview of a few of the recent graduates who have chosen to pursue a career in the food industry – some changed careers midstream and others followed a life-long passion for food.
Rukmini Iyer, author of The Roasting Tin, was a contestant on Masterchef in 2013 and a former student of ENTCS. Rukmini was a trainee solicitor before leaving her field, after discovering cooking as her real passion and pursuing a career doing what she loved.
Roly Simpson had a 12-year career in estate agency prior to taking the Six Month Practical Cookery Diploma Course in 2016. He has recently set up his own supper club and bespoke catering business in Edinburgh called Toasted Radish. Roly and another ENTCS Alumni opened EAST Pizza in Leith, last year.
Emma Louise McGettrick attended the Six Month Practical Cookery Diploma in September 2012. Since then she has worked in a number of Edinburgh restaurants including the prestigious Mark Greenaway. She recently moved to London and is now working for Chef Robin Gill, who is creating his own cookbook.
Peter Simpson, owner of the Pennan Inn in Aberdeenshire which featured in the cult film, Local Hero, attended the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School in September 2015 when he took the Six Month Practical Cookery Diploma Course.
The cookery school is located at 7 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JE.