Swinton Cookery School is a relaxed, stylish and airy demonstration kitchen housed in a converted Georgian stable wing adjacent to Swinton Park hotel, perfect for the appreciation of good food and fine wine. Perched on the Swinton Estate on the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, we are passionate about using sustainable local produce. The four acre walled garden behind the hotel is planted with fruit, vegetables and herbs, providing a ready source of fresh seasonal ingredients for the cookery school kitchen, and estate venison, rabbit, smoked trout and game are a few examples of the local ingredients sourced from the wider estate.
The Cookery School runs a busy programme of half day, full day and weekend hands-on, practical cookery classes throughout the year. Courses can be either residential or non residential and are available for all ages and ability levels, including children’s cookery lessons. From classic baking and Sunday roasts to Sushi and Thai, there’s a course to suit everyone. So be you a beginner or a professional, join us at Swinton and fall in love with cookery all over again!
Known for his appreciation of diverse food cultures and modern cookery, he has an accomplished culinary background that includes extensive travel in South East Asia, where he grew up. Hughes combines passion and enthusiasm for teaching with adept technical skill and an affinity with the heritage and flavours of the Yorkshire Dales. “I am hugely excited by the opportunities and challenges that this role entails. Having experienced a great variety of tastes and styles during my time abroad, I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to bring fresh energy to Swinton Cookery School and take advantage of the amazing fresh seasonal produce that surrounds us in this beautiful part of Yorkshire.” Kevin brings six years’ of teaching experience to the role, latterly working as Chef Lecturer at Leeds City College. His cookery accolades include Second Place in the UK South Asian Chef Competition and First Place in the North East Culinary and Trade Association (NECTA) Chef Team Competition, both in 2015.