Bruno Birkbeck back at Northcote to head-up Cookery School team

northcote cookery school tutorsNORTHCOTE hotel and restaurant in the Ribble Valley has appointed Jason Birkbeck as head tutor and Emma Lawson as junior tutor at its renowned Cookery School.

Jason (known as Bruno in the industry) brings with him several years’ experience as a chef at fine-dining establishments such as The Samling, The Torridon, and Hipping Hall, which he took to AA three rosette standard.

He started career at Northcote and returned for his most recent stint as group head chef across the company’s Ribble Valley Inns.

“It’s exciting to be back in the Northcote kitchens and I’m looking forward to bringing my head chef experience to the Cookery School programme,” he said. “I really get a buzz from working with people, teaching them new skills and inspiring their confidence, as well as developing personally through working with the guest chefs who take classes at the school.”

Jason’s expertise is complemented by Emma’s, which combines general kitchen knowledge with specialist patisserie and chocolate experience. Her career has involved time at The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa and Bettys Harrogate, as well as study at Leeds City College, where she passed Professional Cookery Level 2, Patisserie diploma with distinction and won Student of the Year.

“I love that pastry offers so much creativity from just a small amount of ingredients and I hope that my passion for baking, cooking and chocolate making will inspire those attending the courses,” she said.

The pair are currently working on new ideas for the annual Cookery School programme and they hope to include courses focusing on charcuterie, butchery, afternoon tea and chocolate.

Located in the heart of the hotel’s Michelin star kitchen, up to eight students can enjoy a variety of full and half day courses that cover skills & techniques, entertaining, themed classes, and premium master classes.

Throughout the year, there are also several classes taken by Nigel Haworth and Executive Head Chef, Lisa Goodwin-Allen. Previous guest chefs have included Mark Hix, Theo Randall and Aktar Islam.

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