Cookery schools shortlisted for awards
Two Westcountry schools which aim to produce the best chefs in the business have been shortlisted for top awards.
Padstow Seafood School and Ashburton Cookery School are both finalists in the best large recreational and best English categories of the 2013 British Cookery School Awards.
The Devon school is also shortlisted in the best large professional cookery school and the people's choice category.
Launched in July last year, the awards celebrate the important role that cookery schools play in driving Britain's passion for cooking good, homemade food.
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The schools at Padstow and Ashburton faced stiff competition from more than 400 institutions now operating across the country.
Entrants had to demonstrate why their school is the best at its particular area of expertise and how they differentiate themselves from competitors.
Head judge Nigel Barden said the standard of the competition had been extremely high.
"It was really gratifying to be involved with the inaugural awards last year, which attracted a magnificent number of entries, who proved to be amazingly diverse," he said.
"At the awards evening it was easy to see how much it meant to the recipients, that all their hard graft and endeavour had been so appreciated, not just by their students but also those in the food business."
The winners will be revealed in a special awards ceremony on Monday, November 11, at Vintners' Hall in London.