Sheffield students learn from cooking experts

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Cookery students at a Sheffield school learned new skills when they headed out of the classroom.

Former student Lizzie Schofield, who now runs the baking company Bakes By Butter, turned out to the event at Sheffield Girls High School along with Waitrose butcher and fishmonger John Barker plus Leslie Buddington, head chef at award-winning Sheffield restaurant Brocco on the Park.

The girls were shown how to

fillet and bone mackerel, dover sole and chicken by John while Lizzie gave a baking workshop on best techniques followed by tips on presentation and plating from Leslie.

Helen Simpson, Sheffield Girl’s cookery and nutrition teacher, said: “You cannot beat hands on experience from professionals away from the classroom to translate text book information into practical skills.”

And student Issy Edwards said: “I have developed skills I can use for the rest of my life and most of all I can cook so many wonderful dishes!”

Dumpling day is back on

After an extended winter hibernation, the Freak Street Cafe is back serving Himalayan momo dumplings at the Hallamshire House pub in Crookes.

It is part of the ‘Secret Garden’ events that also include music and ales from Thornbridge. It starts at 5pm on Saturday April 7.

Street food galore is also on offer at the Peddler night market, at 92 Burton Road, this weekend.

National glory hopes

The School of Artisan Food and the Welbeck Farm Shop at Welbeck have been announced as Midlands winners of the Countryside Alliance Awards.

They will now go on to have a shot at national glory.