British Cookery Schools Week For Members


‘Cook well for less’
Sustainable Cooking, Healthy Eating.


As we approach this inaugural week requested by members over recent years, (on hold during COVID) we are now gaining wider support from press, media and partners.

Now supported by Nisbets, Lakeland retail, Learning with Experts, Delicious Magazine, The Guardian, Telegraph to name a few.

Member activity already confirmed form River Cottage, Leiths, Artisan School, Bertinet Kitchen, Abinger CS, The Vegetarian Society and a fantastic TV appearance already by Nick for Station House. What are your plans to maximise this opportunity?

To be run as an extension to British Food Fortnight, with their support. We will be announcing a series of initiatives this month to help raise awareness of the benefits of gaining new cookery skills, focusing on nutrition, seasonality and the importance of seeking out an ICSA accredited cookery school. Equally as importantly, making cooking fun as an aid to positive mental wellbeing!

Members are  encouraged to host events during this week to help raise local awareness, and we will help promote them nationally as part of a new UK media campaign.

Eating healthily during a cost-of-living crisis 

Suggested Cookery Schools Week Activity Examples:

  • ICSA Core Values Focus: The importance of an ‘Accredited Cookery School’
  • ‘Cost Of Cooking Crisis’ Saving ideas, recipes & cookery tips.
  • Fermenting, pickling and preserving: courses, recipes and tips.
  • Cook Well, Save More – how to run an efficient kitchen
  • Additional cookery courses for the young focusing on:
  • Fun, for the elderly focusing on nutrition and meeting others.
  • Ideas to encourage students to cook ‘proper’ food as they arrive at Universities: Championing your favourite ingredients, local producers or suppliers.
  • Offers to encourage a first visit to a cookery school or perhaps enrolling on a new career.
  • More ideas welcomed.
  • Use the hash tags #costofcookingcrisis from now and #britishcookeryshcoolsweek from October 1st-8th for specific activity.

Over 25 cookery schools across the UK are joining forces this October to raise awareness of the cost-of-cooking-crisis and its impact on food bills and eating habits.

The Independent Cookery School Association (ICSA) accredited schools and others will be sharing tips on eating well for less and cooking more efficiently and sustainably at home as part of a new annual awareness event, British Cookery Schools Week.

As food production, preparation and distribution costs soar, artisans, manufacturers and retailers at all levels are being forced to raise their prices, and British households are acutely feeling the pinch.

Cooking and eating well on a shrinking budget is a challenge, and in some cases it’s even changing our regular eating habits. Throughout British Cookery Schools Week, participating cookery schools will be sharing advice and insights on how UK households can cook more efficiently and eat more sustainably, both at home and at work.

ICSA’s President, Stella West-Harling and founder of Ashburton Cookery School who is now head of Feeding Devon, part of the Feeding Britain charity network said: “So many of us have become more concerned about the cost of food as all our bills increase, and when you’re on a tight budget it’s really hard to think about cooking and eating healthily.  This year’s National Cookery Schools Week, hosted by ICSA, aims to directly address this challenge by sharing budget-friendly sustainable kitchen tips from across our cookery school network, to help fight the Cost-Of-Cooking-Crisis we all face.”

The schools will be sharing information and hosting free online courses and workshops covering everything from managing food waste and reducing energy costs in the kitchen, to cooking on a budget for health, nutrition and wellbeing.


‘Cook well for less’ masterclasss video hosted by Stella West-Harling MBE, founder of Ashburton Cookery School, hosted in her Devon kitchen with live Q&A.

‘Save Dough, Don’t waste your Bread’ bake-along by Richard Bertinet of the Bertinet Kitchen, Bath.
Artisan School Of food. ‘Best Food Forward’ recipes and live cook-a-long
Natural Chef College, London, Director  Sam Hamrebtan will be sharing recipes and online content from their diploma courses
Abinger Cookery School will be sharing tips on seasonal fermenting and pickling, as well as hosting a ‘Pickling and fermenting’ course on oct 6th, on a 241 basis to encourage students to bring a guest who may benefit from learning.
Vegetarian Society Cookery School, Manchester will eb sharing daily recipes and cooking tips to save money and eat well


River Cottage

Edinburgh New Town 


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