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Edinburgh New Town Cookery School and QMU to educate new generation of culinary masters

The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School has today (2 August) unveiled an exciting new partnership with Queen Margaret University which will see the two institutions educate and inspire a new generation of culinary masters and re-ignite students’ passion for food, produce and culinary techniques.

The new initiative will give all International Hospitality Management students at Queen Margaret University the opportunity to fine-tune their skills and knowledge in a professional setting which is held in high esteem across the country and sets high standards for all students.

In collaboration with Queen Margaret University, former QM graduate and principal of the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, Fiona Burrell, has designed a programme that focuses on providing challenging experiences for students, giving them a thorough understanding of food and cooking skills in order that they make effective hospitality managers of the future.

Every year, between 25 & 30 students will each spend 88 hours – one four-hour session every week over 22 weeks - benefiting from Fiona Burrell’s experience and knowledge, garnered during her time as principal at the world renowned cookery school, Leith’s School of Food and Wine.

The student’s sessions at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School will support the practical elements of the International Hospitality Management degree and give students the confidence, knowledge and skills required to pursue careers across a span of industry disciplines including hotel, restaurant and catering management as well as the tourism industry.

Fiona Burrell and Dean Christine Bovis-Cnossen share the vision of deepening students understanding of the culture of food as well as igniting their passion for quality, locally sourced produce. The practical sessions will be supported by a range of visits to industry, where students will learn about the production and consumption of food, with the aim of developing an understanding and passion for food required to be successful in today’s catering industry.  

Fiona says, “I am absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Queen Margaret University on this venture and to have the opportunity to work with their students in order that they will have a deeper knowledge of food and cooking. The collaboration with the university reflects the shared entrepreneurial vision of two companies who are committed to ensuring quality foundations are laid for today’s generation and for the future of the hospitality industry in Scotland.”

Christine Bovis-Cnossen, Dean of the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, particularly as it is a successful small business run by a Queen Margaret graduate. The collaboration will allow our students to benefit from Fiona’s wealth of expertise, helping them develop important skills and practical knowledge of the food industry. This new partnership will help contribute significantly to student learning and emphasises the industry-relevance of our Hospitality degree.”




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Notes to Editors:

About The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School offers students of all ages and abilities access to first class teaching methods and top of the range cooking facilities during each class. The cook school was opened in 2009 and is run by the published author and former principal of world-renowned cookery school Leiths School of Food and Wine, Fiona Burrell.

The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School offers professionals and amateurs the opportunity to study a number of courses from 1-day workshops to long-term diploma courses. The 6-month practical cookery diploma provides the opportunity to undertake training that will equip them with the knowledge and skills for a career in the food industry. As well as the classics, students are taught modern methods from experienced teaching staff all of whom have worked in many of the areas that students may aspire to work in.

The elegant Georgian building, which spans five floors, is filled with original features, making it a superb environment to learn in. The venue provides a fully equipped teaching kitchen and a demonstration theatre alongside a beautiful dining room, which is perfect for private functions or corporate events.

The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, 7 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE Tel: 0131 226 4314

About Queen Margaret University

From its very inception, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, has focused on providing relevant education and research, addressing real-life issues to enhance the social and economic well-being of all the communities we serve. We have expertise in health; media; communication; performing arts; social sciences; and business, management and enterprise. We have flagship areas of sustainable business, health and rehabilitation, and  creativity and culture. As a small university, we aim to offer a community environment to our students in which they can fulfil their potential and where they need never feel lost in the crowd. A commitment to social, ecological and economic sustainability underpins all our work



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