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Cookery school marks year in style

PUBLISHED: 16:59 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:57 12 August 2010

A COOKERY school that has featured on BBC s Working Lunch programme celebrated its first birthday with a party attended by the mayor.

A COOKERY school that has featured on BBC's Working Lunch programme celebrated its first birthday with a party attended by the mayor.

The party at the Buttermilk Barn school, in Petts Wood, took place on Tuesday lunchtime.

Bromley mayor Douglas Auld was joined by chefs and business owners from the area, as he challenged 16-year-old Morgan Roberts to a cooking competition.

The founder of Buttermilk Barn, Angela Bell, said: "I am thrilled to be celebrating our first year in style and delighted to be joined by so many influential people.

"The party went brilliantly and the children cooked really well. The mayor said some lovely words and even made a decent Mediterranean tart."

In a close run Ready Steady Cook-style contest, the cook-off between mayor Auld and the teenager was declared a draw.

The mayor then went on to help younger students of the cookery school to professionally ice cupcakes.

Last month, the school caught the attention of the producer's of BBC2's Working Lunch programme, which featured owner Angela Bell in her cookery studio.

Buttermilk Barn offers courses for adults and children, and the subject if the classes vary from bread making to supper dishes and dinner party menus.

One of its most popular lessons has been offering pre-university cooking classes for teenagers, preparing them to cook healthy food on a tight budget.

Ms Bell has a history in the fashion and advertising business, but says her true love was always food. She said "The last 12 months have been incredible. I have been fortunate enough to be taught at some of the most highly-regarded cookery schools and I have used these skills to show other people the art of good cookery.

"My aim has always been to teach in a friendly, family style environment, so we start each lesson around our big kitchen table chatting, sampling and enjoying a glass of wine, while discussing everyone's favourite foods before we begin cooking.

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