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Cactus Kitchens

All female management team wins Cookery School of the Year

13 September 2016 19:00


The Michel Roux Jr Cookery School in Clapham, London was honoured to be crowned 2016 Cookery School of the Year last night at the Food & Travel Magazine Reader awards celebrating the best in the worlds of food, drink and travel.

Accepting the trophy at a ceremony at the RAC club on Pall Mall, cookery school director Anna Ratcliffe said, “It’s incredibly heart-warming to be rewarded by the Food & Travel readers for all the hard work we’ve poured into the cookery school. The entire team - the admin staff, the home economists, the chefs and I - all love what we do and I think that really shines through in our daily approach and is the reason our customers have voted for us.”

Although the cookery school works with a number of male chefs, the team running the business has been entirely female and, since 2013 has grown from 2 to 7 members of staff. The company have also received support from the government's Growth Accelerator programme for small businesses and are now being mentored by the British Library’s Innovating for Growth programme and have big plans for the future. Watch this space.

Since it was opened in partnership with Michel Roux Jr, hundreds of cooking enthusiasts and food lovers have had the opportunity to cook alongside the trailblazing chef, his protégés and an array of award-winning stars of the kitchen.

Michel's delight at the news was summed up succinctly by his tweet, "Wow!" as he thanked his team for their "well-deserved" win.
And it's the wow factor that contributes to the school's success and makes it stand out from the crowd. It's all the more impressive that the school has made such a big impression in the highly competitive world of food and drink in the short time it's been in business, particularly given the compact size of its operation.

But therein lies its charm: a warm welcome, small classes, attention to detail, and the personal touch. Far more than a good day out with a delicious meal included, the chance to cook with a professional chef gives students confidence and invaluable practical knowledge they can take back to their own kitchens. Learning how to make a light as air soufflé comes with substantial skills attached.

But the school doesn't rest on its laurels. The dynamic and enthusiastic team work hard to perfect a winning menu that attracts customers who are serious about good food. It recently launched bread and pastry courses in response to demand from students.

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About Cactus Kitchens

Cactus Kitchens, home of the Michel Roux Jr Cookery School. Offering an array of unique cooking classes in London including the Saturday Kitchen Experience.

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