Harrogate cookery school scoops top industry award

Bettys Cookery School in Harrogate, has beaten dozens of other cookery schools from across the nation to win the accolade of Best Large Recreational Cookery School at the British Cookery School Awards.

Results were announced at the awards ceremony held at the Vintners’ Company in London.

The event was hosted by head judge and BBC Radio 2’s food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden.

Nigel said:

“Bettys Cookery School are a passionate team that hold their heritage of craftsmanship and Yorkshire warmth at the heart of all they do.

“They have built on the vision outlined over decade ago by founder Lesley Wild and taken their skills, passion and love of food out to customers, staff and now not only to the local community but right across the county.

“They remain true to their ideals, never cutting corners or compromising on the quality of their ingredients, and they recognise the success of their business is dependent on the health of their community and work hard to strengthen these bonds.

“We felt achieving customer growth of over 30 per cent between 2007 and 2012 in the current climate was a major achievement and the number of courses on offer has grown too, with ten new offerings being introduced each year.

“They have an impressive community engagement record, supporting local schools through their breadmaking programme and providing complimentary facilities for the Rotary Young Chefs, amongst other initiatives.”

Emma Wray, Bettys Cookery School manager, said:

“The judging criteria for the Best Large Recreational category was incredibly tough.

“We were up against some of the best of Britain’s cookery schools, so to win this award is absolutely brilliant!

“2013 has been an amazing year for everyone on the team and this British Cookery School Award honour really is the icing on the cake.”

Emma Wray, Lisa Bennison and Dan Finlayson of Bettys Cookery School


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