As the world’s leading supplier of premier quality barbecues, these kettle grills can be spotted across the gardens of Britain. Now, as a business we’re always interested in new ingredients, so it was only fitting to go along to the Weber Grill Academy in Oxfordshire to see how they use our ingredients and cook (literally everything) in new and exciting ways on the iconic grills. We were so impressed with how they used the spices and their unique cooking techniques, that we agreed to become a Weber partner, which kicked off with the two brands side by side at Taste of London in July. www.weberbbq.co.uk, www.grillacademy.co.uk
Waitrose Cookery School
We work very closely with Waitrose and when we discovered that they had a cookery school in Finchley Road, London, we went right round there to find out more. We sat down with their team of (seriously experienced) chefs, and agreed to sponsor their kitchen store cupboard. We now catch up on a monthly basis to talk about new creations, flavours and tastes – as well as learn about what’s new in the kitchen! Find out more about their 50 different courses, here.
Great British Chefs
We are very excited to be working so closely with Great British Chefs. This website was established about 18 months ago and since then they’ve launched three wonderful apps absolutely stuffed full of stunning recipe ideas. Showcasing hundreds of recipes from over 65 of the most highly awarded chefs from across Britain – it’s a great source of inspiration and tips ‘n tricks. We’ve also worked with them to create a selection of videos showing how to get the best from your ingredients. www.greatbritishchefs.com
Sustainable Kitchens offer bespoke and high quality kitchens that attempt to steer a culture back towards one which values materials both new and old. They create beautiful and simple kitchens from sustainable and reusable materials that will last forever, whilst promoting good forestry management and regeneration both here and overseas. www.sustainablekitchens.co.uk
The Oxford Charcoal Company
Probably the best charcoal in the world – for so many reasons!
First of all it’s sourced from your doorstep and not the other side of the world. Their premium lump wood charcoal is easy to light and ready to use in 10 minutes thanks to the unique Oxford Process. They only use a single species of wood in each batch which is always from sustainable woodlands, which gives excellent burning qualities and a superb flavour to your food.
They don’t add starch, coal or fire retardant chemicals to their charcoal so you can add more charcoal at any point without having to stop cooking, and using their premium lump-wood charcoal also helps to support rural employment, good forest management and vital habitats for wildlife.
Last but not least it’s made by Matt, The Master Charcoal Maker. So – whats not to like?
Hobbs House Bakery School
Hobbs House has been baking real bread in the heart of the Cotswolds since 1920, perfectly located to benefit from the super abundance of fresh and local ingredients, and to compliment the many food loving businesses in the area. Here, above the original Hobbs House Bakery and Butchery, in what was our family home, we are building a beautiful School in which to celebrate and share our love of food.
From bread making courses, to masterclasses in game, essential cookery and home craft skills. We have pulled together a group of the countries best talents to bestow their gifts of knowledge upon us all. And of course, our own in-house experts will be taking classes to share the Hobbs House legacy. We also have some very exciting guests to who shall be holding workshops. At the moment we are working on our term plan for the school, which we will be launching in the New Year.
Hobbs House Bakery School, will be opening in Spring 2013. Please click here to register your interest to be kept up to date with the Schools progress, and to receive priority booking when the School opens.
Espresso Mushroom Company
The Espresso Mushroom Company have taken the next step to bring you the ultimate in fresh, local and sustainable produce – fantastic Oyster Mushrooms grown on used coffee grounds.
They’ve been supplying some of Brighton’s finest restaurants with their delicious mushrooms, and having watched them grow at the farm, decided to create the Espresso Mushroom Company Kitchen Garden which allows you to grow your own Pearl Oyster mushrooms in your own home!
The grow your own kits are simple to use, reliable, and contain everything you need to grow bouquets of gourmet oyster mushrooms – just open up, water, grow and harvest two weeks later. They make an excellent gift for anyone from your foodie friends to your green fingered grandparents – even children will enjoy being a mushroom farmer! www.espressomushroom.co.uk
The Thoughtful Bread Company
The Thoughtful Bread Company is a multi-award winning artisan bakery. Based in the very heart of the World Heritage City of Bath, Thoughtful Bread Co. have earnt themselves a reputation for the quality of their breads and patisseries, their local sourcing and championing of British produce and producers, their foraging and bartering.
It’s all about Real Bread! When you join them on a bakery course, they will equip you with all the skills and knowledge to take your baking to the next level. Feedback from their bakery school graduates tends to be that you can’t learn what they teach you on their day courses in books.
Add to this the breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea they make on site to keep your strengths up, a jam-packed goodie bag, a membership to the Real Bread Campaign, and more bread and treats than you could possibly imagine to take home, they offer some of the best taught and best value bakery courses around.
www.thethoughtfulbreadcompany.com to book online.
Divine is a successful independent chocolate brand available nationwide, and offering a wonderful diverse range of flavours, gifts and seasonal specialities in beautiful packaging. It is also a truly innovative business model, putting people first and proving fairer trade is commercially viable on a large scale. Unlike other Fairtrade companies, Divine Chocolate is 45% owned by the farmers in Ghana who supply its cocoa, giving them the major share of Divine’s profits.
To discover more about Divine, its unique relationship with the Kuapa Kokoo co-operative, news, recipes, online shop and more – visit www.divinechocolate.com
Well Hung Meat Co.
Well Hung Meat Co. sell only organic meat from farms where we know they do things right. Our animals live outside, eating grass – this is hugely important to us. As far as we’re concerned the quality of an animal’s life has a direct effect upon the quality of the meat they give us. Ours enjoy the fresh air and fodder of some of the best pastureland in Britain. So they’re happier, their meat is sweeter, and the environment benefits too.
Prepare all of our meat by hanging it in our butcher for the time it needs to make it tender, and to ‘taste like meat used to’. That’s one week for lamb, pork and poultry, and three weeks for beed. Then we butcher our meat by hand, using traditional skills and tools, producing a variety of interesting and useful cuts. You can tell the quality just by looking at them. www.wellhungmeat.com
Successfully preserving the nations fruit & vegetables.
The original Kilner jar, first invented by John Kilner and Co in the 1840’s is a product which has stood the test of time for over 150 years.
The clever iconic design has been recently updated but has maintained its unique vacuum feature helping households all over the country to successfully preserve and pickle fruit and vegetables. Kilner’s product portfolio now includes a vast range of preserving accessories as well as the traditional clip top and screw top jars. Visit www.kilnerjar.co.uk for the full range, tasty recipes and handy preserving hints and tips.
Amref Health Africa
Since 1957 Amref Health Africa has been working with African communities to achieve lasting health change. They believe that the power to transform Africa’s health lies within its communities, so they work side by side with them to build the knowledge, skills and means to transform their health; together they are laying foundations that will be felt for generations to come.
Mason & Cash
The choice of the discerning cook. The origins of Mason Cash can be traced back to a pottery that was already operating at Church Gresley in the heart of England in the 1800’s. The name Mason Cash is synonymous with domestic kitchenware, in particular the classic cane mixing bowl, with its timeless exterior design and reassuring traditional values. The signature cane colouring that is used to this day originally came from the natural colour of the local area’s clay. As historic as the mixing bowl and traditionally its partner, the white pudding basin is also part of this established brand. Now recognised all over the world, it is still used in the British Royal Household for christmas puddings. Mason Cash classic kitchenware is, and has always been the choice of the discerning cook.
T&G offer an exclusive collection of creatively designed quality houseware products from the functional to the giftable. All ranges have been designed in Britain using a variety of quality materials which include hevea, acacia, rustic acacia and FSC® certified beech woods, ceramic, marble and FSC® certified cork. T&G also lead the market with their award winning CrushGrind® and Traditional mills. Please visit our website for full product details www.tg-woodware.com.
At Tyrrells we make our award winning crisps on our farm in Herefordshire. Our range has won over 50 Great Taste Awards, with all our best sellers boasting a GOLD Great Taste Award medal – more than any other crisp producer. Our crisps are made from locally grown Herefordshire potatoes and we always leave the jackets on for plenty of curl, peel and crunch.
Tyrrells Hand Cooked English Crisps are for the discerning crisp-lovers, looking for quality, character and superior taste, and if you love Tyrrells Crisps why not try our Veg Crisps, Proper Popcorn, Alternatives or TorTyrrells Tortillas!
Upton Cheyney Chilli Farm
Chilli tours at our local chilli farm. Starting in our ancient and beautiful Tithe Barn, built in the 1600’s and the perfect sheltered spot in which to welcome you to Upton Cheyney Chilli Farm, we will discuss chillies and their importance to us, as one of only a handful of UK chilli farmers. From here we take a short walk to the Chilli Farm itself where you’ll harvest pods from the commercial growing areas whilst admiring the more exotic species that we have growing in the show tunnel. Smoking chillies is one of our specialities and here, in the tunnel area, we will demonstrate this process. We’ll fill our bags with pods, and head on to the farm shop kitchen, demonstrating how we process the pods into our range of finished products. Back at the Tithe Barn we’ll use our unique tasting technique to sample the chillies collected. This technique does not completely eliminate the heat, but does calm it, allowing the taster to appreciate the various flavours of each pod. Here you’ll also have the opportunity to sample our product range, including our award-winning sauces and chocolates, chilli cider and oils followed with a question & answer session.
Based on our Bristol doorstep, FRANK Water is a small, effective water charity that funds clean water projects in developing countries.
At Kenwood we proudly design and manufacture cutting edge, stylish and efficient kitchen appliances since 1947. As the expert in food preparation, our focus is to ensure every Kenwood product enhances your enjoyment of cooking, producing consistently high quality results with the greatest of ease.
Whichever Kenwood product you choose, you can be sure to create the perfect dish every time.
Kitchens Cookshops offer an extensive selection of bakeware, cookware, small electricals, knives, utensils, serveware and much more for the home cook and professional chef – you’ll find popular products and specialist, sought after items. They have three stores in Bath, Bristol and Cardiff, you can also purchase online. The website includes comprehensive product information, recipes, details of foodie events and cookery schools. www.kitchenscookshop.co.uk
Seasoned Cookery School
Seasoned Cookery School is located in the beautiful courtyard of the Catton Hall Estate in South Derbyshire. With purpose built kitchens and a wealth of delicious local produce, we aim to provide one of the country’s leading cookery school experiences, renowned for fun, professional days and fabulous food that you will cook again at home.
Our chefs include BBC Masterchef finalists, Great British Bake Off finalists, a former River Cottage head chef and brilliant local restaurateurs who are all experts in their sphere whether Italian, baking, Indian, meat & game or seasonal British produce. All of our chefs are passionate about teaching and passing on their skills and techniques to enthusiastic foodies.
We also specialise in corporate team building activities, meeting room hire and kitchen hire.
British Cookery School Award National Finalist; Sweet Cumin Authentic Indian cookery school based in Somerset is run by Bini Ludlow. A qualified teacher with over 30 years of Indian cookery knowledge, Bini has opened her own kitchen to budding cooks, professional chefs; young and old, who want to explore Indian food.
Sweet Cumin offers a range of classes covering how to use spices correctly, to create vegetarian, meat, fish and tasty breads and accompaniments that are true to authentic Indian home cooking. Friendly, personalised teaching with small class sizes; allow every cook to have a hands on experiences. With Bini’s guidance you will leave happy and confident to recreate the dishes in your own kitchen.
Bini also runs team building sessions.
To find out more visit www.sweetcumin.co.uk