Mrs Portly’s Kitchen Classes cookery school in Suffolk
10 December 2019
A new cookery school will open in Suffolk in the New Year, aimed at showcasing some of the county’s top producers and creatives. Based in a period property in Brockford in mid-Suffolk, Mrs Portly’s Kitchen Classes has been set up by Guild member, food writer and recipe developer Linda Duffin.
The school will provide lessons that span a range of food-related skills from pasta-making and sourdough to preserves and game cookery. Alongside lessons with Linda, a range of courses is on offer from local experts including Guild member and fish expert Mike Warner, Steve Tricker of Truly Traceable, Simon Wooster from award-winning Wooster’s Bakery, artisan knifemaker Sergio Muelle of Twisted Horseshoe Knives and Instagram photographer and stylist Lindsey Dickson.
‘I want this cookery school to be something out of the ordinary,’ says Linda. ‘The most outstanding thing about Suffolk to me as a cook is the range and quality of the produce available and the passion that goes into rearing, growing or making it.’
Linda regularly contributes to Suffolk Magazine and for the past four years has been a judge of the EAT Suffolk Awards.
Lessons will take place in the large and airy farmhouse kitchen of Linda’s beautiful Tudor home, which is set within several acres of grounds including a herb and vegetable garden and an orchard. The use of home-grown ingredients and East Anglian produce underlines Linda’s commitment to seasonal and local cookery.
For students travelling from outside Suffolk to taste the delights, there is an option to stay in the historical building in a range of lovely bedrooms. Bookings are already open for Christmas gift vouchers and lessons. Courses begin in January, running throughout the year.