ABOUT COOKERY SCHOOL
Cookery School’s aim is to take people back to honest, homely, delicious cooking. There is nothing cheffy or fancy about the food – it is simply delicious home-made food, using common utensils that can be found in most home kitchens. The focus is on demystifying cooking techniques, removing jargon and bringing back solid cooking skills, using high quality, primarily organic, sustainable ingredients.
At Cookery School it has always been about the food. It is not about using famous chefs but rather using the best teachers who understand the Cookery School way of teaching and make learning how to cook good food with confidence as accessible as possible.
Even prior to the inception of Cookery School, the school’s founder, Rosalind, has been fervently passionate about sustainability. Cookery School has the highest possible rating for sustainability from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) and has been virtually plastic-free since the beginning. Sustainability is not just a buzzword but runs through the veins of the school, from sourcing top quality, seasonal, mostly organic ingredients, to running the kitchens on renewable energy, the school does everything possible to minimise its impact on the planet.
In 2003 Rosalind Rathouse decided to set up her own Cookery School. What makes her qualified to run a Cookery School? The answer is twofold: her 50 years of teaching experience both in secondary schools and in her own study-skills practice, plus her passion for food and cooking, which led to founding her first food business in the 1980s: Piemaker, making and supplying wholesale pies and cakes to the likes of Harrods, Waitrose and the Orient Express.
With the decline in people passing down home cooking through the generations, in 2003 Rosalind decided to combine her enthusiasm for teaching and her love of food to open Cookery School at Little Portland Street. The lasting principles of classic, simple home cooking are principles embedded in the school’s ethos even today. Rosalind feels very strongly that proper teaching can enthuse even the most unconfident cook. By 2008, the school was thriving, with fully booked classes, courses and corporate events gaining in popularity, so Rosalind took on a second, much larger, kitchen in the same building.
With Rosalind’s knowledge and experience, she has over the years been called upon by the press – particularly the BBC as they are in such close proximity – for her opinion and expertise.
To get a feel for the kitchens, have a look at our video below: