The Artisan School of Food had a visit from the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who were given a tour around the facilities, and unveiled a plaque to commemorate their visit this week.

Their Royal Highnesses visited the School at the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire on Tuesday (25 February), touring its butchery and bakery training rooms, observing practical classes and meeting with the school’s full-time students.

They also met with the school’s tutors, trustees and sponsors and were presented with a hamper of food produced by students.

Gareth Kennedy, director of The School of Artisan Food, commented: “It has been an enormous pleasure to provide their Royal Highnesses with a tour of the School and to share with them our commitment to training the next generation of handmade food producers.”

Opened in October 2009, The School of Artisan Food is the UK’s only not-for-profit school dedicated to artisan food production.

It offers short courses and professional qualifications, and specialises in baking, butchery, cheesemaking as well as pickling and preserving.