Cookery sessions are now available at East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Adult Learning Centre in Cottingham after a new kitchen was installed at the Hallgate venue.
The investment means that the council’s employment, education and skills team is able to launch a range of cookery courses that will take place in the new, modern and purpose-built cookery classroom.
The new facility was opened by Councillor Andy Burton, the council’s portfolio holder for economic investment and planning delivery, and was attended by more than 20 organisations including local schools, health partners and community groups. Local groups had chance to meet the new tutors and take part in cooking demos to see what is going to be on offer from January.
Dozens of paying customers have also been taking part in £5 festive short courses during December to test the new facility before main courses are advertised in January. Test courses have included lots of festive treats including home baked tree decorations and easy festive canapés
“This brilliant new facility was made possible, in part, due to the success of the Cottingham Adult Learning Centre,” said Councillor Burton.
“Our festive taster sessions have already been booked up, demonstrating a real appetite for these type of courses.
“We anticipate that the cooking courses will prove extremely popular with learners and we have appointed a team of really knowledgeable and enthusiastic tutors with a wealth of experience in the food industry.”
Sara Arnold, employment, education and skills group manager, said: "We're really excited to be launching our cookery courses in Cottingham. Our new tutors will be bringing some fantastic contemporary ideas to our classes and learners will have access to our brand new kitchen facilities.
“Residents will be able to book on to and explore a wide range of courses from January and we’re hoping that they will travel from across the East Riding to attend the classes.
“It is really important to us to find out what residents think to this great new cookery classroom and we will be asking them for their thoughts, ideas and inspiration as to what cookery courses they would like to see on offer in the future.”
Courses available from January are below and are now available to view and book online. Batch cooking and freezing, bread making, Chinese cooking, Chutneys/jams/preserves, cooking for children, cooking for one, delicious homemade desserts, family cooking, healthy family dinners on a budget, homemade burgers, Indian cooking, Italian cooking, Mexican cooking, pastry and pies, quick and easy desserts and sauces/jus/gravy.
To find out more and to book on courses, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/learn
Alternatively call (01482) 842329 or visit the Cottingham Adult Learning Centre in Hallgate, Cottingham, HU16 4DD.
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