The Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality announces an exciting partnership with the UK Independent Cookery Schools Association

12th August 2020

The Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) is pleased to announce an official partnership with the Independent Cookery Schools Association (ICSA).

ICSA is the only independent, not-for-profit, regulatory body for cookery schools in the UK, promoting excellence in cookery skills and training. Members include Leiths School of Food and Wine, Ashburton Cookery School, the Raymond Blanc Cookery School and Rick Steins Padstow Seafood Cookery School.

Member cookery schools must provide ‘Consistently excellent cookery skills and training’ to all students, both career and lifestyle whilst promoting ICSA’s 5 core values: Sustainability, Seasonality, Sourcing Regionally, Single-Use Plastic Free and Supporting British Producers and Suppliers.

Interest in real food, be it at home or as a profession, is greater than ever before and the importance of ICSA’s core values and CTH’s focus on recognising the highest standards in culinary training means this partnership offers exciting scope for promoting and recognising the importance of culinary skills training. ICSA members, who include world-leading professional academies, small artisan cookery schools and members offering experience days, play a vital role in educating the public on the importance of a natural, sustainable and nutritious diet. CTH is the portal through which such education is internationally recognised.

At the launch James Day, Operations Director of ICSA, commented: “We are delighted to partner with CTH to further advance the accessibility of professional culinary qualifications to the public, whilst also delivering increased value to our growing membership of privately funded independent cookery schools UK wide.”

On behalf of CTH, Simon Cleaver, Director of Partnerships at CTH, added: “ICSA represents the very best of the UK’s culinary training, whilst CTH prides itself on its Gold Standard qualifications in culinary skills. There’s a natural fit between the two organisations that will help drive standards in the sector. Together we can train the next generation of great chefs!”

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