Worksop's School of Artisan Food visited by the Bank of England Governor

Students at The School of Artisan Food in Worksop presented the Governor of the Bank of England a loaf of bread decorated with a maple leaf.

During the visit to the school, following the invitation by John Mann MP, Mark Carney, from Canada, also learnt about artisan baking techniques and saw some of the Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking students in action.

Mr Carney has even vowed to return to try out one of the courses at The School on the Welbeck Estate following his visit organised by North Notts BID, the UK’s first ever district-wide, place shaping Business Improvement District, which will attract £3.2m over the five-year project.

The BID has more than 1,000 members making it one of the largest and most ambitious in the UK.

Also during his visit Advanced Diploma student Rose McCarthy delighted the Governor with her loaf stencilled with a maple leaf design, which he took home in return for a generous donation to The School.

John Mann MP said: “The School of Artisan Food were excellent hosts when Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England came to Bassetlaw. Local businesses were able to question The Governor in detail on the economy which covered many current issues including interest rates, Brexit and protectionism.

“My hope is that Mr Carney will return to Bassetlaw to participate in one of the school’s courses.”

William Parente and Alison Swan Parente, who founded the school dedicated to the teaching of traditional artisan food skills in 2009, took Mr Carney on a tour of the premises before he took questions from the business community.

He also spent time with Sheila Russell, Director of Studies and Wayne Caddy, Head of Baking who spoke about the importance of artisan bread and how the School has helped trained hundreds of bakers over the years.

The visit also included trips to Explore Manufacturing and Retford Oaks Academy.

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