River Cottage and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall launch new online cooking diploma

The River Cottage Cooking Diploma, launched by online learning platform, Learning with Experts, is the first of its kind in the world. Designed to inspire you to reach your educational goals, whilst taking place in the comfort and safety of your own home, the collection of expert marked, online courses, will help you attain a level of culinary expertise paralleled by foundation diploma courses from high-end cookery schools.

The beauty of Learning with Experts is that students are able to interact with the esteemed River Cottage team who actively feed back on work, guiding students in real time with tailored and effective comments. Alongside learning a broad range of cooking skills, students will develop a deeper understanding of the impact, effect and consequences our food has from an ethical and environmental standpoint. The learning journey is suitable for people from all walks of life, whether a seasoned chef, looking to motivate themselves in the kitchen or an enthusiastic amateur wanting to deepen their knowledge of seasonal, sustainable produce, the River Cottage Cooking Diploma will leave students with certifications signed by Hugh himself.

In Hugh’s words: “At River Cottage, we believe there are few things more important than education. And food! And so our aim is to teach and inspire you to grow, source and cook food in ways that enhance your life, increase your wellbeing and connect you more closely to the natural, sustainable and ethical sources of food. I believe that delicious, healthy food has never been more vital in helping us all to stay well during this global pandemic and making those choices in a sustainable way makes the health of our planet a priority too.

Educating students online globally via the www.learningwithexperts.com classrooms is a brilliant way to deliver this. It offers people the ability to learn in social groups providing togetherness and mutual support, as well as feedback from myself and the River Cottage team of tutors. It’s not just a great way to learn, it’s a great way to stay connected and foster a sense of shared endeavour in what could otherwise be a very isolating time in our lives.”

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a multi-award-winning journalist and broadcaster, educator, cook and pioneer of seasonal, ethically produced food. His renowned cookbooks and River Cottage TV series have earned him household name status. The diploma aims to impart upon students the way of life which Hugh embodies and his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food.

Hugh’s team of experts will pass on trade secrets and expand students’ knowledge of ethically produced food via engaging online tutorials, accessible all over the globe. The experts embrace many cookery methods including fast and slow cooking, preserving and smoking. They will demonstrate, teach and guide students through their specialist subjects of baking, meat, fish and vegetable cookery with the focus on ingredient provenance, sourcing and seasonality. From baking your own bread to learning the principles of butchery and slow-cooked meat, this course will delve deep into a wide range of useful kitchen skills. Learn the art of fish filleting and gain confidence with shellfish, make vegetables the hero ingredient of your dishes, combine exotic spices with delicious home-grown and local ingredients and get to taste the results along the way.

CEO of Learning with Experts, Elspeth Briscoe, said: “Utilising technology to make education available to everyone across the globe is what we specialise in at Learning with Experts. It’s fantastic to be able to partner with Hugh and the River Cottage team to create a comprehensive diploma course and educate the world on the Seasonal, Local, Organic and Wild (slow) food ethos they encapsulate at River Cottage.”

Learning with Experts provides the chance to learn at the hands of experts within their field, without leaving the house. Intimately sized classes of 20 ensure that you receive individual attention and support, as well as offering a community focus and encouraging interaction, fostering a sense of togetherness which is difficult to recreate in the majority of at-home learning experiences. The course completion rate at Learning with Experts is over 80%, compared to an average completion rate of online courses of just 20%.

Other Food & Drink courses available on Learning with Experts include The Art of Chocolate Making with Paul A Young, Classic French Cuisine: The Roux Way with Michel Roux Jr, Indian Cuisine with Atul Kochhar and An Introduction to Bread Making with Richard Bertinet.

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