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At The Vegetarian Society Cookery School we teach both the general public and professionals the many aspects of vegetarian cuisine through workshops held at our cookery school in Altrincham. Our courses are open to everyone, whether vegetarian or not. Alex our Principal Tutor runs masterclasses at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School…he’s looking forward to seeing you at KIN 2015.

Alex Connell Principal Tutor at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

What do you do?
I develop recipes, write cookery courses, teach leisure and professional courses, perform cookery demonstrations at food shows and write cookery articles.

Do you like your job?
I love my job. My role gives me the opportunity to be creative and share my passion for quality vegetarian and vegan food.

When did you know you wanted to cook?
I have always enjoyed cooking – and eating! One of my earliest and happiest memories is making little jam tarts with my mum.

How do you come up with recipes?
It is important to be objective and critical of what you are doing. We start with a theme or concept and then we bounce culinary ideas around. I need to consider things like who is likely to make this dish, what ingredients could be used, what textures and flavours are we looking for, how much will it cost, how long will it take, is it nutritionally balanced and so on. All of these are important before I get the pans out.

What is your philosophy of food?
Eating is necessary to sustain life but it goes way beyond a means to an end. Think of any special celebration – food often plays a part! And food has a great social aspect too. If I am cooking for friends (particularly meat-eating friends) I make sure everyone leaves thinking how good the food looked and tasted – not that they have missed out on anything. Most people have a positive view of vegetarian or vegan food when its great quality.

Eventbrite - Kin 2015: An event by The Vegetarian Society