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Happy Easter- Hot Cross Bun recipe!

We think nothing says Easter better then a freshly made Hot Cross Bun- so to celebrate that fact our head chef Joe Hunt has provided you with his simple but delicious Hot cross Bun recipe.  As chief tasters we were highly impressed with the recipe but don’t just take our word, have a go for yourself!

To enjoy simply Click below.


Happy Easter from everyone at Tideswell School of Food!

High Peak Radio- Recipes

If you heard Head Chef Joe Hunt being broadcast on High Peak Radio today, and you want to try out his recipes for yourself, look no further.

Joe made his Salt and Pepper Fish dish with a Butter Bean stir fry suitable for presenter Paul Jenner to eat after his sponsored run, and it looked delicious.

To have a go yourself- just click below.



Tideswell Food Festival 2014- Saturday 3rd May

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On Saturday 3rd May, Tideswell will be hosting the ever popular Tideswell Food Festival, now in its fourth year.

The festival, which last year saw 5000 visitors flock to Tideswell to enjoy over 60 stalls, is again looking to be a great day out for all the family.

Keeping to the traditional village theme, the streets will once again be lined with independent food related stalls, offering unique treats and gifts, whilst the whole village will be entertained by an array of music and activity, including Morris dancers, choirs and even pop up plays.

The Cathedral of the Peaks will be also hosting various music events including the Tideswell Singers and the Tideswell band and children and adults alike will find exciting activities to do in the Community  Kitchen Garden.  In addition Tideswell School of Food will be opening its doors to further entertain visitors with cooking demonstrations, wine tasting and tours of the building.

The festival is unique in the fact it is run by village volunteers- even the free car parks will be run by local Scout and Cub groups, so visitors will truly be treated to a village food extravaganza .

The festival is a free event and runs from 10am – 4pm.

Tideswell School of food wins “Looking to Cook” Pancake competition!

Pancake competition

Tideswell School of Food is excited to annouce we are the proud winners of  Looking to Cook (a website that features the best cookery schools in the UK and Ireland) Pancake competition!

To celebrate one of the nation’s favourite food days, Looking to Cook website ran a competition asking Cookery Schools to submit pancake recipes that best represent them.

Tideswell School of food  winning recipe was - Spinach, Prosciutto & Ricotta Pancakes with Tomato Ragout .

And we thought it represented us because

·         It specifically uses local produce from our community kitchen garden, including fresh herbs. As part of our social aims we always support the growing and making of local produce and are proud our kitchen garden is managed entirely by village volunteers.

 ·         It puts a twist on a classic, which we try to do with all our courses, bringing something new each time. This is true of even an old favourite- as demonstrated by our Pork Pie and Piccalilli course.

 ·         And it is influenced by flavour, style and technique from other countries, showing the variety of courses and cooking expertise we have at Tideswell School of food.

 If you would like a go at cooking our award winning pancake recipe please find it here.
Tideswell School of Food- The Perfect Pancake

Happy Pancake day!

Be part of the 2014 Tideswell Food Festival

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Tideswell Food Festival, taking place on Saturday 3rd May 2014, is excited to announce it is now open for applications from stall holders. 

This annual event, which last year welcomed 5000 visitors to the village, is open again to enquiries from anyone with an independent food related product to sell.

Keeping to a traditional village theme, the streets of Tideswell will be lined with interesting and unique stalls, whilst visitors will be kept further entertained by a range of live music, including the Tideswell Band and the Tideswell Singers.

To be involved in one of the Peak Districts most exciting community led food festivals, please contact Sallie Chalupa on 01298 871262  or


Recipes as featured on BBC Radio Derby

Joe B&W smiling smallOur Head Chef Tutor, Joe Hunt, went along to BBC Radio Derby in January to talk with mid-morning presenter Sally Pepper about the importance of using locally sourced, seasonal produce.

Joe and Sally headed to the Radio Derby kitchen where Joe cooked up a delicious meal of Pan Fried Pork Loin Chops with Braised Lentils and Red Cabbage.

Download the recipes below:

Pan Fried Pork Loin Chops

Braised Lentils

Red Cabbage

Listen to the programme again on iPlayer here (available until 23.01.14). Joe is on from around 2hours 14 minutes in to the programme)

‘Shoot and Cook’ as seen on Countryfile

Our first ‘Shoot and Cook’ course took place in early November at Upper House in Hayfield, a stunning former hunting lodge nestled on Kinder Scout. To make the day even more memorable, we were joined by TV presenter Helen Skelton and the BBC Countryfile crew, who were filming in the Peak District.

shoot_cook_groupCountryfile approached Tideswell School of Food having seen footage of the Village SOS programme that we were originally featured in when the Taste Tideswell project was first set up. They wanted to come and catch up with us to see how the project was going and discuss the importance of using locally sourced, seasonal produce.

The ‘Shoot and Cook’ course seemed like the perfect course for Countryfile to come and take part in; not only does the course take place in a stunning part of the Peak District countryside, but it also focuses on the importance of using fresh, local and seasonal produce.

The programme aired on BBCOne at 6.20pm on Sunday 1st December. Take a look at the footage here (we’re about 19 minutes in) or view a selection of photographs from the day here.

Shoot and Cook

gameLike the sound of our ‘Shoot and Cook’ courses? Why not treat yourself or a family member this Christmas by signing up to one of our courses in the New Year?

View the full list of Shoot and Cook course dates here or call us on 01298 871262.

Or if shooting isn’t for you, but you’d like to learn how to cook with Game, why not consider one of our ‘Cooking with Game’ courses, held in the comfort of our purpose built teaching kitchen here in Tideswell.

Cookery Courses and Gift Vouchers

Joe demo Here at Tideswell School of Food we offer cookery courses for all abilities and culinary interests. From Baking Bread to Italian Cookery, Butchery to Beer Brewing, there is sure to be a course to whet your appetite. Find out more about our cookery courses here.

If you have a foodie friend or a family member with a passion for brewing, why not treat them to a gift voucher for Tideswell School of Food this Christmas? Vouchers can be purchased for any value or for a specific cookery course and are valid for 9 months from the date of purchase. Find out more about our gift vouchers here.

If you have any questions about Tideswell School of Food and the courses that we have on offer please contact a member of the team on 01298 871262 or send us an email. 

Festive Open Day

Tideswell School of Food and the Courtyard Stove and Cooker Center is joining forces to provide a fantastic festive open day on Saturday 7th December, 11am-3pm.

mince pies originalv2Come and join us for mince pies and mulled wine along with a range of special offers on cookery courses, cookware and gift ideas.

The event is free to attend and perfect for all the family. There will be a Christmas Tree lighting and performances by Tideswell Male Voice Choir at 1pm in the Courtyard and the School of Food will be offering FREE children’s foodie activities throughout the day.



Cookery Demonstrations

Christmas turkey on table original sizeChef tutor, Steve Vardy will be demonstrating how to make a range of delicious seasonal, festive dishes, so come and pick up some great hints and tips for Christmas Day lunch!

11am – 11.45am – All the trimmings – Learn how to spice up your Christmas day veggies and potatoes with some great new recipes.

12.15pm-1pm – Stocks and Sauces – Learn how to make the perfect turkey gravy and homemade cranberry sauce.

2pm-2.45pm – Festive Tarts – A twist on traditional mince pies, this festive tart recipe is quick and simple to create and will leave your guests wanting more!

We hope to see you there!

Tideswell School of Food, The Courtyard, Commercial Road, Tideswell, Derbyshire, SK17 8NY

Cookery School Awards

The UK Cookery School of the Year Awards

Tideswell School of Food - an award winning cookery school. Learning to Cook Awards 2013

Tideswell School of Food – an award winning cookery school. Learning to Cook Awards 2013

We are delighted to announce that Tideswell School of Food has won ‘Best Cookery Course/Food Learning Experience’ for our Culinary Adventures range of courses in the 2013 UK Cookery School Awards.

The awards are organised and judged by Looking to Cook, a website that offers independent and comprehensive reviews of the best cookery schools and courses in the UK and Ireland. The judging panel was made up of experts in the field including Henry Harris, chef-patron at Racine restaurant in South Kensington, MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers, founder of Looking to Cook, Nick Wyke and Celia Brooks, cookery author and tutor and founder of London’s Gastrotours.

Our award winning Culinary Adventures courses provide unique field-to-fork cookery experiences, allowing guests to explore the beautiful Peak District landscape and visit some of the area’s most popular food producers before heading back to Tideswell School of Food for a hands on group cookery session. Courses include Shoot and Cook, Foraging and Beekeeping to name just a few. Find out more about our Culinary Adventures here.

British Cookery School Awards – Finalist

Tideswell School of Food - an award winning cookery school. British Cookery School  Awards 2013

Tideswell School of Food – an award winning cookery school. British Cookery School Awards 2013

We are also very excited to announce that Tideswell School of Food has been selected as a finalist in the British Cookery School Awards in the ‘Best use of Local Produce’ category.

The British Cookery School Awards are nationally recognised and sponsored by Kenwood. The winners of the awards will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony in London on Monday 11th November. Fingers crossed we’ll win this one too!