New cook school opens with festive party

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Fiona Burrell and Angus James whip up a festive treat

By Cara Sulieman

CHEF Fiona Burrell got her own little Chrismas helper as she prepared mince pies for the launch of her new cook school last night.

Three-year-old Angus James added a touch of ginger spice as he got stuck in with the icing sugar as Fiona put the finishing touches to her festive fare.

The former principal of Leiths Cook School opens the doors on her own venture next week, and was trying out the new facilities for the first time.

Edinburgh New Town Cookery School will offer both professional and amateurs the opportunity to brush up their skills with a range of courses.

“Real milestone”

Fiona herself will be taking classes focusing on life skills cookery – helping students master the basics so they can go on to become better chefs.

Opening the school has been a dream for the chef, and she is proud of what it thought to be the largest cookery school in Scotland.

Fiona said: “Last night was a real milestone for us, lots of planning and preparation has gone into getting the school ready for launch.

“The opening of The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School has been a project close to my heart and it’s fantastic to see it come to life in this way.”

A whole range of Christmas themed courses are being offered by the school in the run up to the holidays, including how to carve a turkey and alternative ideas for Christmas lunch.

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