A not-for-profit company was set up, headed by a board of people who are passionate about artisan food and who work both locally and nationally. The East Midlands Development Agency kindly funded the first stage of capital works and the complete refurbishment of two thirds of the building started in February 2009 and was finished in September of that year.
The emphasis is on foods that ferment (bread, cheese, beer, charcuterie). All our teaching takes place at the School and our Advanced Diploma students also attend practical placements at existing artisan businesses throughout the UK.
A state-of-the-art dairy teaching room was opened in 2011. The first intake of Advanced Diploma students graduated in July 2011 and well over 5,000 short course participants have been through the doors.