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Cooking up an experience

Two floors above the Cookmate cook shop in central Worcester have been converted into a cookery school by owner Caroline Gregory to increase the footfall and relevance of her business.

Established in 1981, Cookmate, at 62 Broad Street, is Worcester’s only independent cook shop. The school, featuring the best equipment and large, sociable work stations, has been designed as a warm and friendly space where students feel at home.


The idea, says Caroline, is for attendees to enjoy themselves, have fun, meet new friends and take away new skills and cherished memories.

It is being marketed for product launches, product education, sponsored classes, team building, corporate events and even hen parties. All levels of skill are catered for from complete novice to keen cook.

Course topics range from making bread to knife skills, from Best of British to vegetarian and vegan. Prices range from £30 to £45, with a maximum of 12 guests each time.

Full details of the school are on

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