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RECRUITING NEW COOKING SCHOOL MANAGER
Thursday 20th October 2011 4:38 PM
We are recruiting for a new Full Time Manager for The Cooking School.
You will have excellent organisational ability, communication skills, able to work in a team, under pressure. Knowledge of cooking and food essential as well as experience of working in a hospitality/ food environment.
Salary £28,000 based in Halifax
Applications deadline Nov 4th.
Interviews in Halifax Nov 15th.
For full job description visit www.thecookingschool.co.uk. Send applications to barbara@the cookingschool.co.uk With C.V and covering letter outlining why you are the best candidate.
Click below for the full job description
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COOKING BUS SURPRISE VISIT TO DEAN CLOUGH FOR HALF TERM
Thursday 20th October 2011 3:34 PM
Calderdale Kids are invited to get on board for cooking courses aboard the famous Cooking Bus as it rolls into Dean Clough during the half term holiday next week.
The high tech state of the art bus with its designer kitchens for kids is making an unexpected visit to Dean Clough while The Cooking School undergoes repairs to its ceiling. The new school holiday cooking courses at the School for 9-12s and Teens are proving so popular that the bus has been called in from its mission around England to make sure the cooking courses for kids can go ahead as planned.
For the rest of the year the Cooking Bus is out touring schools and communities around England, inspiring children and communities with cooking via the charity Focus on Food.
The Cooking School Manager Barbara Govan said " We are all really excited that the Cooking Bus is on its way. It always such a great event when the Bus arrives anywhere. It makes such an impact and is a huge talking point. They are a bit like a Tardis and we can't wait to see the children's reaction when they get on board for their sessions. The bus is fitted out to the same high standard as the Cooking School with Neff ovens, variable height cooking stations and it's all on wheels! So really it's an unexpected bonus that it will be hosting our half term courses."
Click here to book for the sessions on 26th and 28th October.
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KIDS HALF TERM COURSES AT THE COOKING SCHOOL
Friday 14th October 2011 1:50 PM
14 % of students going to university don't know how to boil an egg*! Give your children a head start with invaluable cooking skills for life. The Cooking School at Dean Clough are running their highly popular kids cooking sessions this half term.
Head Chef Manager Matthew Benson Smith comments "This fun session with our highly qualified staff will build confidence and independence. You will be amazing at the results in what your children bring home from our state of the art kitchen. Not just one great meal but a new Young Chef in the family!"
Leave your children with our team of qualified food teachers while you head off to work, shop or visit the on-site galleries and café. Courses are running on Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th October and if you book two children in, you'll save £15.
Christmas Treats course is also running on Saturday 17th December - a perfect chance to drop the children off whilst you whizz round last minute gift shopping. They might even manage a gingerbread house to rival our Gingerbread Dean Clough like the one below! Book now by clicking here!
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GINGERBREAD DEAN CLOUGH!
Friday 14th October 2011 1:08 PM
A big thanks to Janice and Kirsty from Bradford College who built this fantastic Gingerbread Dean Clough which will be on display at our Open Day next weekend. Also on display will be edible art from our Head Chef Manager Matthew Benson-Smith and talented new chef Jason Main.
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THE COOKING SCHOOL PARTNERS WITH HOLDSWORTH HOUSE TO CROWN YORKSHIRE MASTER CHEFS
Thursday 13th October 2011 2:04 PM
The Brontë Country hotel Holdsworth House has teamed up with the world-class Cooking School at Dean Clough, Halifax to offer colleagues of Yorkshire businesses the chance to take part in Masterchef style cook-offs.
Through the innovative new partnership, companies will be able to add a unique team building element to meetings, which will not only test their mental and physical stamina but also their taste buds and culinary skills - and support the Cooking School, which is a registered charity.
As part of a meetings package at Holdsworth house, guests can visit the nearby Dean Clough Cooking School and, over a 5-hour or full day event, be put through their paces - creating dishes that will be judged by the School's top chefs until a winner is crowned.
Holdsworth House, on the urban fringe of Halifax, is well known for weddings and is keen to now show how the Jacobean manor house is equally adept at tailoring meetings and events to the requirements of the modern venue booker.
Holdsworth House General Manager Shane Williams said: 'Holdsworth House offers something completely different to a modern, corporate hotel, which is why we're also popular as a wedding destination. But we also offer the mod cons - like free wifi and parking and a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant - often at a fraction of the price of most chains. By partnering with the Cooking School we're showing that something special can be created on the doorstep for most Yorkshire-based businesses whilst supporting an fantastic charity at the same time.'
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "It's great to see two excellent tourism businesses working this closely together to complement each other - and is also another way of contributing to Yorkshire's ever expanding business tourism offer."
Not all hotels can accommodate teambuilding activities, but Holdsworth House is lucky. It not only has the celebrity-endorsed Cooking School less than 3 miles away, it has extensive grounds that are ideal for activities such as duck-herding, segways and archery - available through their professional partners, G3 Events. Holdsworth House can also offer a myriad of indoor team building sessions and event theming, putting it firmly on the map of top Yorkshire event venues.
Barbara Govan, Manager of The Cooking School commented "We are excited about working closely with Holdsworth House to offer a truly unique experience to conference delegates. Our state-of-the-art facility allows companies to build their team in a unique and fun way."
Holdsworth House has 4 meeting rooms for up to 120 delegates. Master Chef events can be tailored for clients' individual needs and timings. The hotel is also offering Cooking Breaks to tie in with the Cooking School's excellent annual program of celebrity chef and family orientated cooking courses.
For more information on the Master Chef Corporate Activities visit www.holdsworthhouse.co.uk or call 01422 240024.
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TWO IN A BED AT THE COOKING SCHOOL
Monday 10th October 2011 1:20 PM
Join our Great Yorkshire Breakfast course "Two in a Bed" on Thursday November 10th with BBC Look North's Christa Ackroyd and Executive Chef Matthew Benson-Smith and you could discover how to re-invent the Great British Breakfast!
For everyone who loves breakfast and brunch, owns a BnB or maybe is even thinking of starting one, it's time to get out of bed and head to Dean Clough for this special event!
The Cooking School Executive Chef Matthew Benson- Smith will be sharing exciting new ideas on seasonal ingredients and professional presentation with BBC Look North's Christa and guests who are quick to snap up a place on this session.
Christa has recently launched a guesthouse Brook House in Bronte country and is passionate about using the best ingredients Yorkshire has to offer. Matthew grew up in a BnB and is a champion of this Great British meal. When former Beirut hostage John McCarthy was released, it was our own Matthew who cooked him his first meal - he requested the Full English!
Matthew and Christa will look at locally smoked /cured meats, fish, home grown herbs and innovative ideas for presentation from the classics through to the truly contemporary.
Come and enjoy this entertaining cooking session - for anyone who loves the Great British Breakfast! Click here to book
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EDIBLE ART AT THE COOKING SCHOOL
Friday 7th October 2011 10:54 AM
The Cooking School at Dean Clough will be enjoying art in a whole new way this month as part of a Joint Autumn Open Day with the Dean Clough Galleries on Saturday October 22nd from 12.00-3.00pm.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the demonstrations and tastings of Edible Art and the latest news on cooking courses coming up in 2012.
Talented new chef Jason Main will be creating intricate, mouthwatering masterpieces from sugar and chocolate and there's a tribute to David Hockney's Grimm Fairy Tale etchings which feature in the new exhibition… more art you can eat with a recreation of Dean Clough Mill made of gingerbread!
It might be Grimm Up North but at The Cooking School everything is edible!
Riding around on a Cooking Spoon - David Hockney
And it's easier than you think to make edible art! Find out about our Christmas Gingerbread house workshops for children and there are still places on our October half term courses for 8-12s and 13-16s.
This is a free event suitable for all the family - just turn up between 12.00pm and 3.00pm as the event does not require booking.
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