Fiona Burrell opened the doors of the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, set in the heart of the city, in December 2009. The school offers professionals and amateurs the opportunity to study a number of courses including three-month certificate and six-month diploma courses, as well as short themed courses.
Fiona takes a hands-on approach and puts her passion for cookery education at the heart of the school’s teaching, combining professionalism with creativity. Currently the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School attracts over 1,200 students annually from throughout the UK and overseas.
An expert in life skills cookery, Fiona started her career as assistant to the principal at Edinburgh’s Woman and Home Cook School in Manor Place 30 years ago. She went on to garner over 12 years experience working at the world-renowned Leiths School of Food and Wine.
During her time at Leiths, Fiona progressed from tutor to the school principal, while contributing to numerous publications including: Leiths Baking Bible, Leiths Cookery Bible and Leiths Complete Christmas.
Fiona, an ambassador for cooking with local Scottish produce, was instrumental in securing contracts with Queen Margaret University and the Scottish Government. Edinburgh New Town Cookery School provides practical sessions as part of the university degree course for QMU’s International Hospitality Management students and was recently commissioned to devise recipes and style photos
for the Government’s “Eat in Season” campaign.
In November 2012, ENTCS was announced as Best Scottish Cookery School at the British Cookery School Awards 2012, sponsored by Kenwood. During that same month, Principal Fiona Burrell and her team were awarded Looking to Cook’s ‘UK Cookery School of the Year 2012’. This year the school has been named as a finalist in three categories for the British Cookery School Awards 2013, the results of which will be announced mid November 2013.
Fiona has held membership of the Guild of Food Writers since 1991, and is a finalist for Emerging Director of the Year Award 2013 by the Institute of Directors, Scotland. Fiona has also judged various cookery competitions including the Mouton Cadet/Times Cook of the Year and The National Cupcake competition.
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