chefs and producers wanted

Kitchen School’s expansion plans begin.

We are developing a new programme for the autumn and are seeking freelance chefs, food producers, cooks and restaurant partners for our classes and events.

The majority of our classes are evening and Saturdays, with a daytime class held occasionally. We also run a popular Friday night supper club series where we demonstrate a dish or process and dine together.

We have two new programmes where we are seeking new recruits:

1. Artisan Series. In this programme we want to develop opportunities to meet and learn from the producer.  This is intended to be a programme of cooking and eating events with artisan producers, cooks and food experts to deepen our knowledge of food and how ingredients are made. We are looking for farmers, cheesemakers, fishmongers, wine producers, bakers, cake makers, cured fish & meats, fermenters, brewers and even deli owners even who can shed light on produce.

2. Meet the chef. We already offer a one day masterclass series with our resident chef Chris Hughes, but we wish to extend this and include many different cooking styles, regional cuisine and restaurant operations.

We are keen to offer ongoing partnership arrangements or simply pay for your time.

If you are a restaurant, producer, chef, cook, butcher, baker, or even make beautiful candlesticks, and think you would like to pass on your amazing skills, then please get in touch with us immediately!

Email or call 0121 643 1378.

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Kitchen School merging with Edible Eastside

Screenshot 2015-02-03 08.36.08The future is promising for Kitchen School. In 2015, we plan to merge with our sister garden project and create another school in Digbeth. This school will consolidate all of our thinking about farm to fork learning.

We are also expanding our food supply service to restaurants and retailers. We want to your views!

If you are a restaurant, chef retailer, or interested customer, please can you fill in our form or else download the survey and email it back to us. Thank your your time. Download the link below:

Questionnaire for Restaurants and Independent Delis and Retailers


Birmingham’s Masterchef comes to Kitchen

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Friday 19th & Saturday 20th December 2014

7.30pm -10.30pm

Tickets £80.00 includes 5 course taster menu and wines matched to each course


We are really delighted to announce we have just added our Christmas Supper Club to the programme

For December our regular chef, Chris is being replaced by the well known ex masterchef finalist and home grown talent, Claire Hutchings. (check out her blog on

As many of you know Claire was Birmingham’s finalist in Professional Masterchef in 2011. She trained in Culinary Arts at UCB and worked under Andreas Antona at Simpson’s before entering the award winning show. She is currently working in Mallorca at the One Michelin starred restaurant Zaranda which is based in Castell Son Claret a 5* exclusive hotel, where she is the assistant to head Chef Fernando P Arellano.

The evening will include:

  • Welcome drink & Canapés
  • A 20 minute demonstration of one of the courses of the evening
  • Wine matched to each course included in the price
  • A five course meal cooked by Claire herself
  • The chance to spend the evening with a Masterchef!

Claire Hutchings Pop-Up Menu for the event is live!

Snacks : Carrot Macaroons with Chicken Liver Parfait, Spiced Honey Sable with Flamed Sobrassada, Parsnip Crisps with Smoked Dip, Jamon Croquettes & Truffled Arancini Balls

Crispy Chicken with Salt Baked Celeriac, Hazelnut & Burnt Pear

Scallop Ceviche with Almond, Apple, White Truffle Oil

BBQ Ox with Potato, Leek, Red Wine Shallots & Smokey Glaze

Mascarpone with Basil, Strawberry & Red Wine Sorbet

Chocolate with Vanilla Ice-Cream, Salt Caramel Sauce, Crispy Bacon & Onion

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Kitchen Director part of Brum Creative show

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New Photographic Exhibition – Midland Creatives
Smokeshow Images
8th -­ 18th May 2014

Stryx Gallery, Digbeth

The Director of Kitchen School is part of a new and exciting exhibition coming to Birmingham this week. She was photographed last month in The Kitchen Garden – Edible Eastside as one of the Brum Creatives that are showcased in this brilliant exhibition.

SmokeShow Images is a collaboration between photographer, Ian Davies and award winning stylist, Sy Anne Holden.
The pair saw the opportunity to produce a wider project, not only to develop their creative working relationship but to look into the many colourful characters that are based in Birmingham and surrounding areas.

From artistic direction and styling, through to post production, SmokeShow take a light-hearted approach to documenting and celebrating Brum’s Creatives.

Brum Creatives Exhibition Press Release

Welcome to Kitchen School


Welcome to Kitchen School of Food & Cookery

A note from the Director, Jayne Bradley


After many months of delays and lease hold-ups, Kitchen School of Food & Cookery has arrived.

For those who have been following us, we were due to open in September 2013 at The School Yard in Harborne. However, we couldn’t reach an agreement with the Landlord that would work for either party.  It was a tough decision to walk away from a project I had originally conceived.

Meanwhile, as the house we were due to buy at The School Yard also fell through, my husband Bob Ghosh (architect on The School Yard) and I bought a house in Edgbaston. We love our new house – a renovation project of a late Victorian Villa with views of the famous Two Towers. It occurred to us both that our newly refurbished kitchen could accommodate lots of people.

It didn’t take long for us to realise what was staring us in the face. Whilst we progress our search and discussions with new landlords for the right premises for a cookery school, let’s just get started now with a Pop-Up Cookery School right here. Let’s just do it!

So here I am finally, a mile or so from the original location, but teaching people home cookery in a home. It is as simple as that.

One good outcome from the delays is that I had time to go to cookery school myself. I attended the well-known Ashburton Cookery School in Devon, and took a professional certificate in cookery.

In many other ways the ethos and plans for Kitchen School are the same. We will be working with chefs, cookery tutors and passionate home cooks to bring a diverse and popular programme of courses for beginners and enthusiastic foodies wanting new experiences.

As you will see from the website, we have a resident chef Chris Hughes working with us to develop our courses, something we are really pleased to offer.

For the absolute beginner our class will begin with Boiling an Egg! Seriously, we will teach the rudiments of home cookery and food on budget. These classes are affordable for those who are looking to cook to save money and make meals go further.

We are also offering a Saturday Kitchen for Kids.

Our new addition is a Seasonal Supper Club introduced by our chef Chris pairing seasonal ingredients for maximum favour with an emphasis on dining as much as cooking.

We are bringing Birmingham favourites like Epi Restaurant who will work with us and Masterchef finalist Claire Hutchins will be here for our Christmas events.

Kitchen School builds upon the success of Edible Eastside in Digbeth my first venture into food. Edible Eastside is in its’ third season of food growing and is expanding its membership base each year. We don’t preach about organics or bio diversity at the garden we let the garden speak for itself.

Like the Cookery School, we want people to just enjoy it and find something memorable – then I think the learning is achieved.

For those that have been following Kitchen and were disappointed it didn’t open in Harborne, accept my apologies for the delays. Please give us a try and join our food revolution!