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The cookery school with a conscience

Whether you consider yourself a dab hand in the kitchen or you’re an absolute beginner who could do with a helping hand, there is now a place on your doorstep where you can hone your skills – while also giving something back to the community.

Leeds Cookery School offers a range of exclusive chef-led cookery classes, demos and courses. The modern purpose built training kitchen is set in a former fire engine bay within The Old Fire Station on the A64 in East Leeds.

The cookery school is a social enterprise and trading subsidiary of Zest-Health for Life, a Leeds charity which works with the disadvantaged in Leeds to promote happy and healthy lifestyles. All profits from the cookery school go back into supporting Zest’s work in the community.

There are a wide range of premium specialty classes, affordable beginners’ classes, themed chef demonstrations and one-off events for food lovers, home cooks and adventurous chefs alike.

The unique venue is one of Leeds’s most iconic old buildings, and a recent renovation programme has kept the fire station identity and heritage alive, with many original features still in place. These include fire buckets creatively used as light fittings and the original 80-year-old flooring and wall tiles.

Upcoming events include a masterclass with French patissier Fabrice Teston on Saturday 19 May, where he will share the art of making stunning Parisian macarons.

If Indian fayre is more up your street, author of ‘The Curry Guy’ Dan Toombes will be at the Cookery School on Saturday 2 June teaching authentic British-Indian style cookery.

Courses can be booked online at and gift vouchers for the budding chef in your life can also be purchased via the website.

However! We have a place on one of the courses mentioned above to give away to a lucky reader. Simply answer the following question and email your answer, along with your name and contact details to: A winner will be picked at random. Closing date Monday 14th May 2018.

Question: Which iconic Leeds building is the Cookery School situated in?

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