Last week we enjoyed a fantastic breakfast tasting with purveyors of beautiful, ethical chocolate, Original Beans.
The tasting was part of our supplier breakfast series, where the Cookery School team gets to meet and hear from one of our brilliant suppliers. We do this over a delicious breakfast before the kitchens get busy and students come in. Last week the team got to find out about the Original Beans ethos and ethical and regenerative approach to chocolate,
At Cookery School we buy our wines from Vintage Roots, a certified organic wine supplier who have supported and promoted organic viticulture since starting the business in 1986. We opened our account with Vintage Roots in 2004 and have enjoyed almost 20 years of working together and seeing organic wines really take to the stage.
With organic wine consumption steadily increasing year-on-year we spoke to Vintage Roots founder and director,
At Cookery School we only source organic meat in our effort to support, cook with and teach people about ingredients that are healthy for us and for the planet, but are consumers thinking along the same lines?
‘A third of Britons have stopped or reduced eating meat’, ‘One in four Britons want to cut back on red meat this year’, ‘White meat overtakes red meat in popularity for the first time in Britain‘
During these uncertain times, we have been heartened to see so many people pulling together to help each other. Whether it’s shopping for neighbours, volunteering to help cook for NHS workers, or reaching out to those who are lonely in self isolation. As food lovers, one way we can ALL help is by being more connected with the people who supply our food. Rather than facing the frustration of no delivery slots in your normal online supermarket or standing in physical queues outside those same supermarkets,
At Christmas time, when we’re all thinking about chocolate, we wanted to mention that we’re full of beans about ethical chocolate!
Chocolate, which most of us take for granted, often has a slightly bitter aftertaste, not because it’s 85% cocoa but because the industry is a complex global supply chain which often results in cocoa farmers, particularly children, losing out. Chocolate is a luxury and we should be able to pay fairly for such a delicious treat.
We choose all our suppliers very carefully, opting to work with companies that share the same ethos that we do. When it comes to coffee, we work with Hasbean, a sustainable coffee roaster and supplier based in Stafford, in England’s north.
Stephen Leighton established Hasbean in 1999 and chooses to work directly with over 30 coffee producers around the world, in places such as Costa Rica, Ethiopia,
Our sustainability award is still hot news and, whilst we are in the centre of London with not a moo, cluck or baa to be heard, we are grateful to our countryside suppliers for providing us with wonderful produce :
- Shipton Mill http://www.shipton-mill.com/
- Rhug http://www.rhug.co.uk/
- Langridge http://www.langridgeorganic.com/
- Yeo Valley https://www.yeovalley.co.uk/
- Sheepdrove http://www.sheepdrove.com/landing/welcome.html
- Rookery Farm http://www.rookeryfarm.com/.
We are still excited by our most sustainable cookery school award. Being runner up with such illustrious competitors as Daylesford Organic and River Cottage is an honour. As we are in the middle of London with heavy traffic pollution and surrounded by buildings rather than fields with grazing cattle and clucking poultry, our suppliers are more important than ever. Recycling is imperative as we have little room for storage so First Mile have aided us in this.