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    Since our establishment in 1986, Edinburgh School of Food & Wine has seen many trends come and go, weathered many storms and created and nurtured numerous students who have gone on to incredible success in the hospitality industry.

    As many of you will know, the industry is facing tough times ahead with an existing skills shortage set to worsen as the uncertainty of Brexit continues in the short to medium term. On the bright side, there has never been such a depth and breadth of fantastic operators in this sector- from food trucks to popups, vegan burgers to nose to tail dining, there really does seem to be something for everybody out there at the moment.

    To celebrate this, and to look to create and inspire a new generation of skilled cooks and chefs, Edinburgh School of Food and Wine has created a new structure to our Culinary Academy courses by offering a 9-month Complete Diploma in Modern Gastronomy, made up of 8 modules, which can be enjoyed either individually or together.

    Our updated Diploma in Professional Cookery is cleaner, sharper and more focused than ever; giving students the essential cookery skills that they need to work in a professional food environment. This can be taken either in our 6-week Foundation in Professional Cookery or our 12-week Diploma in Professional Cookery.

    As always, our hugely popular Professional Patisserie courses will cover off the skills and techniques necessary to work in the food industry as a pastry chef and patissier and can be enjoyed at Foundation or Diploma level.

    In 2019, to address the ever-changing food scene, as well as looking to support and continue our nation's food culture, we have added two brand new courses to our portfolio; our Foundation in Nutrition and Plant-Based Food will see students enjoy 6-weeks of hands-on cooking, recipe development, creativity and nutritional workshops which will give each student a comprehensive understanding of the goodness of food, the importance of selecting great ingredients and how to prepare and create stunning dishes that are in keeping with our need to introduce more plants into our diets.

    In addition, we will be offering our Foundation in Artisan Food Production, a 6-week course covering off a range of traditional skills including dairy and cheese-making, charcuterie, sourdough bread, fermenting and preserving. This course, unique in the UK, will offer students a fabulous understanding of the various methods and techniques of food preservation that have created Scotland's food culture through a number of visits and workshops with local and artisan growers and producers as well as getting hands-on with the cooking, and tasting!

    As ever, we will be supporting aspiring entrepreneurs in our 1-week How to Start a Food Business course, which will cover financial forecasting, PR & Marketing masterclasses and workshops with local, successful business people.

    Whether students choose to join us for a short, 6-week Foundation or join the courses together to create a longer course of study, we are accepting applications now for January 2019 and beyond.

    If you feel we are able to support you with you studies, be it a career change, new business development or career progression, please don't hesitate to get in touch either via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the school office on 0131 333 5001. We would love to welcome you to Edinburgh School of Food & Wine to join our extended family.


    Ian Pirrie, Principle


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