Lisa is totally overwhelmed to receive this kind recognition at the Taste of Dorset Awards this week and would like to thank everyone for their brilliant support and messages.

She says..

‘Just over a week ago, we were contacted by the organisers, who kindly invited us to the awards.  After we had accepted they mentioned that we were finalists for the ‘outstanding contribution’ category and would it be possible to pop around and take a short film clip about the cookery school.

Initially we chatted briefly about my AGA story and growing up on a Dorset farm. Then I explained how I had worked as a private chef and then establishing a catering company from scratch.  Sixteen years later this led to a decision to study at Kingston Maurward College, near Dorchester, to obtain a teaching certificate.  We then moved to Wimborne St. Giles and began the cookery school.’

The judges were looking for the following criteria:

This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Dorset’s food industry and who has put the county on the map through inspiration, energy, imagination and the use of local ingredients.

The winner could come from any part of the industry — a grower, producer, cook, restaurateur, retailer, educator or local food and drink champion. The judges will be looking for someone who is an expert in their chosen field, has a proven track record, inspires colleagues, educates and sets standards that others aim to attain.
This award celebrates the individual who has made the most impact on the food community – someone who goes the extra mile to promote Dorset to a wider audience and is passionate about local produce throughout. The judges are looking for an individual who sets standards to which others aspire.

Lisa continues ..

We now welcome guests to the farmhouse from all over the world.  Our emphasis is to teach cookery skills rather than recipes and encourage cooks to become intuitive, embracing the seasons and maintaining a productive store cupboard.  All Hallows Farmhouse is the only AGA approved cookery school in the south west.

As a Slow Food Chef, I grasp every opportunity to spend time with the local community and love helping my friend Alison with her school allotment club.  Cooking home grown produce that the children have sown from seed and then pulled from the ground is incredibly rewarding.  The joy in their faces as they share a meal that they have created from scratch is priceless.

It was a complete shock on the evening to receive the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, but I couldn’t have wished for a more positive springboard for 2019.  Sincere thanks to the organisers, Blackmore Vale Media and of course Savvy Financial Planning for their generous sponsorship’.