Loaf Cookery School gathers pace in Birmingham

Published October 3, 2012

A cookery school offering classes in everything from bread making to food foraging has launched in Birmingham.

Stirchley-based Loaf Cookery School officially opened on Saturday September 8. It is the latest venture by Loaf Social Enterprise Ltd, a project run by aptly named city-based baker, Tom Baker (pictured left).

Loaf Cookery School, situated on Stirchley High Street, offers amateur chefs the opportunity to learn bread making, butchery, pasta making and foraging. Courses at the new £200,000 south Birmingham cookery school are already in huge demand.

Inside the Loaf shop

Tom Baker, who runs Loaf with six other directors, said: “We had a great response to the open day and literally had people queuing around the block to get in on the day.

“Loaf Cookery School is a place where you can learn forgotten food skills through a variety of courses. It will also act as a food hub with the on-site community bakery and whole-food co-operative shop.

“We will be adding more courses in the future including fish-mongering and festive breads.”

Leicestershire brewer Everards has invested in the Loaf project by providing the building that houses Loaf Cookery School and Bakery. It has partnered Loaf as part of its commitment to support local producers and suppliers. A similar project at Everards pub The Bakers Arms in Blaby, Leicestershire has already proved popular with students attending bread-making classes.

Tom Baker outside Loaf Cookery School

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Matt Wright
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Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.