Nick Nairn’s long-awaited Aberdeen Cook School officially launched on Wednesday, catering to a demand from would-be cooks from across the country.
The new Aberdeen Cook School has been a passionate desire of Nick’s for several years and is located in a stunning listed building, formerly St Nicholas Kirk’s old church hall in the city centre, which has been transformed into two separate state-of-the-art foodie havens.
Work on the building has been carefully designed to enhance original features such as the carved mouldings and stained glass windows, alongside striking white and stainless steel kitchen areas, designed by Kitchens International.
The new cook school follows on from the success of the Nick Nairn Cook School in Port of Menteith, near Stirling, and Nick explains: “We have a disproportionate number of people coming to our existing school from the north-east, so an Aberdeen school seemed a natural progression.
“Also, the north-east is a farming community and some of the finest produce comes from here.
“We have found that cooking enthusiasts from this area are passionate about developing their skills and particularly enjoy entertaining at home.
“They can commit time to learning due to their working patterns and disposable incomes.”
Nick will also be trialling a brand new venture in the new cook school, with after-work and lunchtime classes at its Quick Cook Bar.
The Aberdeen Cook School is employing ten people, as well as two well-known chefs heading up Nick’s team.
Head chef Kenny Smart from St. Fergus, who joins from the prestigious 1906 restaurant at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen, will run the large teaching kitchen upstairs.
The Quick Cook Bar area downstairs will be overseen by Louise Chapman, previously restaurant co-ordinator for the hugely successful Taste Festivals.
Nick will also teach classes on dedicated days as well as the cook school’s established chef John Webber.
Upstairs at the Aberdeen Cook School will hold full-day classes for 24 people, the ground floor level will also feature a cook shop
The Aberdeen cook school opened to the public on Saturday, while classes start from Sunday, May 20.
These are available to book now via www.nicknairncookschool.com or by calling 01877 389 900.