Knowle West’s Square Food Foundation has scooped Best Cookery School in the South West at the recent 2018 Crumbs Awards.
Held at Bristol Old Vic’s newly opened 1766 Bar & Kitchen – the award ceremony recognises the South West’s best food businesses.
Square Food, based at The Park in Daventry Road, has a mission “to teach people from all walks of life to cook good food” – delivering cookery courses and workshops for charities, schools and community groups.
The cookery school’s team was there to accept the award and the charity’s founder and director, Barny Haughton thanked the presenters and Crumbs magazine as well as the people of Bristol for their support over the last seven years.
He said: “The Crumbs Award is really exciting for us. Food education now comes into almost any important debate -whether climate change, packaging, soil, public health, biodiversity or social justice.
“This award is a recognition that Square Food has its own role to play just by being a place where people learn to love good cooking – and everything that comes from that simple activity.”
This year has seen the school launch How To Be A Chef – a 12-week programme supporting young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) to take their first steps towards working in the food industry.
The team is also starting work with St Mungo’s Recovery College – training their clients in cookery and service skills, and reinvigorating the college’s kitchen facilities.
In 2013, Barny was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at Bristol Good Food Awards. And in 2016 he was named Food Hero by the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards for his contribution to the Bristol food scene – spanning nearly three decades.
For more information about Square Food Foundation visit www.squarefoodfoundation.co.uk