The School of Artisan Food exists to teach all aspects of artisan food production. It offers a unique opportunity for people of all skill levels to expand their knowledge through a wide range of short courses, and a one-year Advanced Diploma.
Based in the heart of Sherwood Forest on the Welbeck Estate in North Nottinghamshire, the school is housed in the former fire stables, dating back to 1870. Newly refurbished training rooms are specially equipped for the teaching of breadmaking, cheesemaking, brewing, butchery, charcuterie and preserving. More recently business and entrepreneurship courses have been added to the short course schedule and new course subjects are in development.The environment is serene and inspiring, but very accessible.
The School has an outstanding reputation for the quality of training it provides with courses being taught by some of the most skilled and experienced artisan producers and practitioners in the UK, Europe and beyond.
We are especially keen to provide opportunities for the local community as well as to teach enthusiasts, existing and aspiring producers and complete newcomers.
The School is a registered charity and, as a not-for-profit institution, is committed to providing the widest possible access to its facilities. The school fundraises to support its general activities and for bursaries to assist Advanced Diploma students with course fees. Several hundred thousand pounds has been raised and awarded to students since the school opened in 2009.
The School was awarded the prestigious accolade of ‘Cookery School of the Year’ at the British Cookery School Awards in 2014 and ‘Best Large Professional Cookery School’ (2013 & 2014).
“The School of Artisan Food are a passionate team that thinks big but delivers on the detail.” Nigel Barden, head judge and BBC Radio 2’s food and drink broadcaster.