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Cooking up a new career

11th January 2018

Passionate would-be chefs looking for a career change this year will find it at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School (ENTCS). The school trains aspiring, employable professional cooks with courses ranging between one, three and six months throughout the year.

ENTCS is set in the heart of the Scottish capital, and has gone from strength to strength since opening in 2009. The school offers a One Month Course, Three Month Beginners or Intermediate Certificate and Six Month Practical Cookery Diploma that equips students with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the food industry.

The school was founded by published author and former principal of world renowned Leith’s School of Food and Wine, Fiona Burrell, who began her career in Edinburgh and has been teaching professional cookery courses for thirty years.  Burrell’s team is highly qualified, experienced and passionate about teaching life cookery as a life skill.

In August 2017, the award-winning school was announced as Cookery School of the Year at the Food Awards Scotland, held in Glasgow, beating off competition from five other Scottish cookery schools.

ENTCS continues to produce successful diploma graduates who go on to a wide range of careers in food, from chefs in restaurants, private catering companies, food stylists and writers, to simply earning a living during gap years or university breaks.
Course Background

These four certificate courses allow people to learn all the fundamentals of life skills cooking.

Six Month Practical Cookery Diploma: is the Three Month Beginners and Intermediate Certificate Course combined and gives an immediate stepping stone into a rewarding career within a professional kitchen.
Next course begins: 3 April 2018

Three Month Beginners Certificate Course: provides comprehensive training in cooking practices.  Designed for those who wish to enter the food industry, this course is the first step to learning classical cookery skills.
Next course begins: 3 April 2018

Three Month Intermediate Certificate Course: is designed for people with a solid knowledge and ability in basic cookery. It’s ideal for those wishing to take their cookery skills to the next level or for competent cooks who wish to have a formal training.
Next course begins:  25 June 2018

One Month Course: covers the essential skills required for someone looking to use them working in shooting lodges, villas abroad or ski chalets over the summer/winter or on a gap year. It is also perfect for school leavers on their way to university or university students who want a skill to help them earn money in the holidays.
Next Courses begins: 18 June 2018
Following Course begins: 23 July 2018