West Yorkshire cookery school, Curry Cuisine, has been shortlisted in the inaugural British Cookery School Awards, as a finalist in the Best Specialist Cookery School category. The British Cookery School Awards were launched in June this year to celebrate and honour the hard work and dedication UK cookery schools have in driving Britain’s passion for cooking good, homemade food.

Founded in Leeds by passionate home cook, Prett Tejura in 2007, with the aim of teaching people how to cook authentic Indian food, the Curry Cuisine Cookery School has gone from strength to strength and has developed a loyal customer-base. The School teaches individuals how to create a variety of dishes from distinct regional areas of India such as Gujarat, Rajasthan, Goa, Kashmir, Kerelan and Sri Lanka.

Curry Cuisine, which started with personalised cookery lessons and taster evenings, has grown to offer a full calendar of courses ranging from demonstrations to Indian Cookery Masterclasses. Prett was also invited to run Indian Masterclasses at the luxury castle hotel, Swinton Park.

Curry Cuisine is up against six other schools from across the country. Entrants to the Best Specialist Cookery School category had to demonstrate why their school is the best at its particular area of expertise and how they differentiate themselves from competitors.

Head judge of the British Cookery School Awards, Nigel Barden, said: “It is amazing to get such a good response to the Awards. It is gratifying that such store is set by using local, ethically sourced ingredients and that many establishments are integrated so well into their communities. This is reflected in their on-going relationships with youth clubs, community centres and schools, which provide the opportunity to cook, often for the first time. The range of these awards helps celebrate some remarkable individuals and cookery schools.”

The winners of the British Cookery School Awards’ 14 categories will be announced at the awards event at the Vintners’ Company in central London on Tuesday 13 November. The winners of each category will receive a top-of-the-range Kenwood kitchen appliance, as well as a trophy and the accolade of being a British Cookery School Awards 2012 champion.

The categories are as follows:

• Best English Cookery School (sponsored by Dr Oetker UK Ltd)
• Best Scottish Cookery School (sponsored by Dr Oetker UK Ltd)
• Best Welsh Cookery School (sponsored by Dr Oetker UK Ltd)
• Best North Ireland Cookery School (sponsored by Dr Oetker UK Ltd)
• Best British Cookery School (sponsored by Kenwood)
• Best Small Cookery School (sponsored by Kenwood)
• Best Large Cookery School (sponsored by Pyrex)
• Best Specialist Cookery School (sponsored by The Bart Ingredients Co)
• Best Use of Local Ingredients (sponsored by The Bart Ingredients Co)
• Best Community Engagement
• Best Tutor
• Best Young Rising Star (sponsored by Dr Oetker UK Ltd)
• Unsung Hero: Backroom Staff Member
• People’s Choice: Britain’s Favourite Cookery School