A brand new cookery school is scheduled to open March 2019 at the luxurious The Grand Hotel York. Described as ‘a place to relax, have fun, make friends, and learn something new’, this new culinary venture will provide a range of foodie courses, chef demonstrations and hands-on learning experiences.

At the UK’s only city-centre cookery school, a variety of classes will be on offer, starting with one-hour demos from £25 through to full day courses from £145. As well as evening classes and corporate days, there will also be academy classes for those looking to advance their skills. Even the kids will have an opportunity to get involved with sessions designed just for them during the holidays. Guests will experience expert tuition on a range of authentic recipes with fresh, local produce at the heart of each dish.

Perfect for developing your cooking knowledge or simply to spend time with friends or family members, the varied course calendar is designed to appeal to all abilities – whether you’re a confident cook or complete novice in the kitchen.

Philip Bolson, General Manager The Grand, York, says: ‘‘The nations’ love affair with cooking shows no sign of abating; our new cookery school promises to satiate the appetite with an array of courses, experiences and events to inspire and impress.”

Each of the 16 workstations will be equipped with its very own state of the art induction hob, electric oven and premium cookery equipment. The space will be fully wheelchair accessible offering a station and place in the demo area with wheelchair-friendly heights, as well as step-free access throughout. Ideally located in the York city centre and just a couple of minutes’ walk from the train station, this new foodie hub is set to cook up a storm.

Boasting over 2500 square foot of space, the new school will be on the hotel’s ground floor and will include an external courtyard complete with herb garden and seating area. The purpose-built space will offer an adjoining meeting area including tea and coffee stations for guests to relax, catch up with friends and enjoy their culinary creations. The design, by Gareth Syms from Mackenzie Wheeler, is contemporary and open-plan; bi-folding doors and glass panelling connect the spaces whilst flooding them with light to provide an interactive, flowing working environment.

In addition to the cookery school, a state-of-the-art screening room will also be available for private hire and corporate events. The space will host up to 32 guests and offer a large screen and projector, ideal for lectures, talks, and non-cooking demonstrations.

Assisting with the set-up phase is experienced chef and cookery consultant, Rob Cottam, who oversaw the development of cookery school at Chewton Glen. Working on a consultant basis, Rob will be assisting with the design, recruitment and supplier liaison, as well as overseeing the class schedule. With his extensive experience in the hospitality industry and product development, having Rob onboard will set precedent to what will strive to be one of the best cookery schools in the UK.

Pre-bookings for the cookery school will be available from December this year. The project is one of the final stages of The Grand Hotel’s £15 million expansion and refurbishment scheme, which includes 100 new luxury bedrooms and refurbishment of two restaurants, The Rise and Hudson’s by Craig Atchinson.

For more information about The Grand Hotel and Spa, or any of the other venues mentioned within the News items, please contact the VisitYork4meetings team on 01904 550080, or at conference@visityork.org