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Kitchen Academy and Kingscote Estate Announce Launch of New Cookery School

New cookery school situated in Sussex vineyard offers cookery classes, corporate events, chefs table events and family days out


Kingscote Estate and The Kitchen Academy recently announced a new collaboration with the launch of Kitchen Academy at Kingscote.

This exciting new cookery school will be based in the beautiful 15th century tithe barn visitor centre situated at the heart of the Kingscote Estate, a new vineyard and country pursuits destination, and will be used to cater for events on-site as well as providing fantastic facilities to teach cookery skills to both adults and children.

Jethro Carr, Founder, Kitchen Academy, has built up Kitchen Academy over the past 13 years and regularly gets involved in events at prestigious locations such as Blenheim Palace, Kew Gardens and the Abergavenny Food Festival. Jethro Carr said: “The facilities and the setting at Kingscote Estate makes the perfect venue for a new cookery school in West Sussex. Having worked alongside many top chefs, I am excited to be bringing the Kitchen Academy experience to a new area and a new audience in its first permanent base, developing a wide range of cookery experiences.”


Jethro will work with a team of chefs including Peter Bayless, winner of the BBC MasterChef in 2006. The cookery school will be developed as a food and education experience and will be an integral part of the exciting new tourism destination at Kingscote Estate. The food experience Jethro provides will be supported by the wine experience provided by Kingscote Estate’s Executive Wine Maker, Owen Elias and Andy Cooper, Vineyard Manager.

The state-of-the-art kitchens have been designed by the team from the Forest Row showroom of the luxury design house Clive Christian, and also include ‘5 Oven Total Control’ and Rangemaster cookers sponsored by AGA. The purpose-built workstations are mobile and therefore provide a flexible opportunity for small groups to larger corporate events. Cookery options will include courses such as bread making and canapé making, foraging for truffles and fungi and then learning to cook with them and also a wide range of courses for children and families. Corporate events such as team building will also be available. Chefs Table events, showcasing talented chefs, will bring together the worlds of food, wine and the arts. The cookery school has a capacity for courses of up to 50 people.


The new Kitchen Academy is based in the centre of the 150-acre Kingscote Estate, surrounded by the vineyard, fishing lakes, upper reaches of the River Medway and stunning countryside. It is conveniently located within an hour from London by train and within 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport by road. The historic Bluebell Railway runs through the site. Christen Monge, Owner, Kingscote Estate said: “The opening of the cookery school means our new visitor centre is now fully open for business for all types of events. Our collaboration with Jethro Carr and his team creates a whole new food and wine education experience, in the heart of the West Sussex countryside.”

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