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Get Fired-up for BBQ Season with The School of Artisan Food

Get Fired-up for BBQ Season with The School of Artisan Food

Burnt sausages, raw chicken and other BBQ horrors can be consigned to the dustbin of history as this month as The School of Artisan Food shares their secrets of cooking with fire and smoke, ahead of the summer season.

Based on the idyllic Welbeck Estate in the heart of Sherwood Forest, the school is running a series of one day courses throughout the summer designed for anybody who wants to avoid the common mistakes of alfresco dining and become a BBQ master.


Led by expert butcher Chris Moorby along with his son Tom Moorby,  Fire & Smoke – BBQ Cooking is a hands-on course that reveals how to work with this most ancient of artisan cooking techniques and create a range of delicious dishes over charcoal.

Alongside practical demonstrations, they will share their years of BBQ experience and demonstrate how to make the most of cooking with the distinctive tastes of wood or smoke. They’ll also show how to make the perfect BBQ sauce a recipe created by his son Tom Moorby (RECIPE BELOW).

Fire & Smoke at The School of Artisan Food

It’s a hands-on masterclass for both BBQ novices and seasoned campaigners in how to prepare and grill a selection of meats, fish and vegetables; as well as make delicious marinades, sauces and dry rubs and how best to use traditional smoking techniques.

After cooking a range of foods, including red meats, poultry, cheeses and even sweets, newly acquired BBQ skills are shared in a jointly cooked meal from the grill before going home for the ultimate test amongst family and friends.

BBQ Sauce Recipe by The School of Artisan Food

Blend together the following ingredients followed by salt and pepper to taste:

2 tbsp – Vegetable Oil
Half -White Onion
6 Cloves – Garlic
Pinch – Chilli Flakes
1 tbsp -Tomato Puree
400g – Passata
250ml – Red Wine Vinegar
200g – Soft Light Brown Sugar


School of Artisan Food Cookery School Exterior

The School of Artisan Food is committed to teaching people, whether complete beginners or professionals brushing up their skills, to handle artisan produce with care. Located on Welbeck Estate in the stunning scenery of Sherwood Forest, The School of Artisan Food’s very setting lends itself to learning about artisan food. Although it’s technically hopped over the border into Nottinghamshire, the Yorkshire Food Guide support its ethos, that precious artisan knowledge should not be lost and should be available to learn as a skill.

Alison Swan Parente, the Founder of The School, ‘wants everyone to have the opportunity to understand food provenance, be adventurous about what they eat and to be confident and creative around food’ – a concept we can all get behind with the artisan food movement exploding in popularity as more and more people seek out food with provenance and quality. ‘Artisan’ is a term used to describe food produced by non-industrialised methods, often handed down through generations but now in danger of being lost. The school is keen to hold on these precious food prep and cooking methods, so teaches its students with passion that the love of good food may continue through the generations.

For exceptional teaching, the school has recruited the very best artisan producers and practitioners from around the world – but don’t feel daunted if you’re a complete beginner as they have ensured that courses are accessible and informative for everyone. To mark a decade of The School of Artisan Food, a new degree course is offering the UK’s first Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking, accredited by FDQ. This six-month, full-time, intensive course is the equivalent of a foundation degree level qualification. It combines practical, contextual and business training for a well-rounded qualification. As well as the new degree courses, the school has a wide range of classes available in all different fields; from French baking to cheesemaking to food photography. The school champions the fact that artisan producers should understand and respect the raw materials with which they work. With the school being particularly concerned with understanding the produce as well the actual cookery skills, students will leave with ample knowledge of their field as well as having enjoyed a friendly and fun experience!


School of Artisan Food, Lower Motor Yard, Welbeck S80 3LR – 01909 532171 – www.schoolofartisanfood.org

Written by

Jemima Parsons


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