#AceFoodNews – Dec.06: Older men are sharpening up their knife skills and gaining kitchen confidence – and bread-making courses are also on the rise for Christmas
On the kitchen stools of Harts Barn cookery school in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire sit six men in their sixties among the 10 people learning how to cook a curry from scratch.
Further north, at Hartingtons School of Food in Bakewell, Derbyshire, 60% of callers are buying bread-making courses as Christmas presents for the older men in their lives. Elsewhere, at Waitrose cookery schools around the country, large groups of nervous retired men are honing their knife skills.
They are all part of what Waitrose says is a surge in older men attending cookery schools, in an industry estimated by the Independent Cookery Schools Association to be worth £70m to £80m a year in the UK alone.