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  • Friday 1st August

    Behind the Scenes with Alan Dunn

    Alan Dunn is a world-renowned sugar flower expert, successful author and international tutor who travels all over the world to share his incredible talent for making lifelike sugar and cold porcelain flowers. With two exclusive sugar flower Masterclasses coming up this autumn at Squires Kitchen International School, we went behind the scenes to ask Alan what inspires his designs and how he develops his sell-out courses.

    How would you describe your decorating style?

    Mostly floral; I like unusual colour combinations and often combine more familiar flowers with unusual berries and foliage.

    What is your favourite thing to make?

    I love making exotic and tropical flowers and foliage. I love roses and the more common flowers too, but it is the more unusual that interests me. Flowers are an endless source of inspiration, which helps to keep me motivated.

    What would you say is one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned in your career?

    Everything takes longer than you think it will. Flower-making is one of the most time-consuming aspects of the craft.

    How did you go about choosing the flowers for your courses at Squires Kitchen International School?

    I started teaching at Squires Kitchen in the early 1990s. Many of the students who attended the classes became known as my regulars and, because of that, I was constantly coming up with new and unusual flowers to teach as well as the more common flowers. I try to strike a happy balance between the two.

    We’re pleased to offer two brand new courses with Alan this year when he will teach exotic sugar flowers over two intense days. On 1st and 2nd September, learn how to construct the exotic bauhinia, colourful bougainvillea and delicate bower of beauty, and on1st and 2nd December Alan will share his secrets for making a trio of exotic orchids. Alan’s celebrated expertise combined with his relaxed style of teaching mean his courses are both fun and informative, equipping you with all the skills to create intricate and professional arrangements with showstopping flowers.

    To find out more information about any of the courses mentioned, click on the links above, call 0845 61 71 812 or +44 (0) 1252 260 262 or email our School Coordinator at school@squires-school.co.uk.

    Interview extracted from Issue 5 of Squires Kitchen Bake School magazine, available to purchase online here. Issue 6 comes out on 11th September and will be available from WHSmith, Sainsbury’s and selected independents nationwide and around the world.

  • Monday 7th July

    Discover a ‘raisin’ to bake at home

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to create irresistible, patisserie-style brioche, croissants or pain aux raisins? If so, French Master Baker, Mickael Jahan, is here to pass on his years of baking experience on a new two-day course at Squires Kitchen International School.

    Mickael Jahan is an expert baker with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Mickael completed his Masters in Bakery at the well-known institute of baking, INBP, and has worked internationally with both artisan bakeries and multi-national companies, including Maison Blanc. 

    On the 17th and 18th November, Mickael will pass on his traditional French techniques for creating delicious, professional-standard Viennese Pastry using both laminated and non-laminated methods. Discover how to select the perfect fillings including crème patisserie and chocolate ganache, to fill a variety of pastries such as brioche, pain au chocolat or twists.

    If you’re a budding baker who can’t wait until November, we still have a few spaces left on our upcoming Artisan Bread Making and Perfect Pastry courses in August. Learn the traditional art of hand-making bread including a white cottage loaf, wholemeal rolls and focaccia bread on 12th August with Mark Tilling, or perfect your pastry techniques on 14th August and create impressive shortcrust, sweet and choux pastry.

    To find out more information about any of the courses mentioned, click on the links above, call 0845 61 71 812 or +44 (0) 1252 260 262 or email our School Coordinator at school@squires-school.co.uk.

  • Wednesday 2nd July

    VIP Shopping Experience and Book Signing with Karen Taylor

    Find out how to make impressive cakes the easy way! On Monday 7th July Squires Kitchen International School will be celebrating the launch of Quick Cakes for Busy Mums by Karen Taylor with a special VIP shopping experience starting at 7pm.

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  • Friday 6th June

    Sugar Modelling with Jorge Cruz

    We’re really pleased to welcome award-winning Colombian artist and architect, Jorge Cruz, as our newest Guest Tutor at Squires Kitchen International School. Jorge’s signature sugar models are commissioned worldwide and his achievements are internationally recognised.

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  • Friday 9th May

    A Summer of Success

    The lead up to summer is always a busy time for cake designers, with wedding orders and summer parties to prepare for. Squires Kitchen International School is equally busy, with lots of exciting news about our tutors and new projects to share.

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  • Friday 4th April

    Discover the latest cake decorating trends

    The cake decorating industry is constantly evolving, with classic styles making a return and brand new techniques appearing all the time. We are always adding new courses on the latest trends so students can keep up-to-date and develop their skills.

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  • Monday 10th March

    Develop your sugarcraft skills this spring

    If you’ve completed one or more of our core Foundation courses, a similar beginners’ course, or you are familiar with the basics of sugarcraft, our Extended Skill Development courses are the next step for you. Designed for those students looking to refine and develop their skills, Extended Skill Development courses offer students the chance to work with our expert tutors over two days to master more advanced techniques.

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  • Wednesday 5th February

    Mark is making his début in Moscow

    SK Master Chocolatier and Senior Tutor, Mark Tilling, will be sharing his chocolate skills in Moscow, Russia, for his début courses in the country between 29th March and 3rd April 2014.

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  • Monday 3rd February

    Squires Kitchen’s 28th Annual Exhibition is coming!

    Europe’s longest running sugarcraft exhibition takes place on 14th–16th March 2014. With star guests including Eddie Spence, Mark Tilling and Paul Bradford, it looks like it will be another exciting year.

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  • Thursday 2nd January

    A taste of the year ahead at Squires Kitchen International School

    Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful winter break.

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  • Wednesday 4th December

    The perfect gift

    Treat someone special to a Squires Kitchen International School course and you’ll be giving them a gift they’ll never forget. With over 20 internationally renowned tutors and state-of-the-art facilities, the school offers courses covering everything from chocolate miniature cakes and sugar modelling to baking delicious wedding cakes.

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  • Thursday 14th November

    Master the art of professional chocolate work

    After three days of intense competition between 19 national Chocolate Masters in Paris at the end of October, the results of the fifth World Chocolate Masters competition were announced.

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  • Wednesday 2nd October

    Christmas Inspiration Week

    We know the run-up to Christmas can be a very busy time, with presents, parties and plenty of cake! To help you get ready we’re running a whole week of Christmas-themed courses in the last week of November to make sure you’ve got it all wrapped up in time for Christmas.

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  • Tuesday 17th September

    Squires Kitchen Bake School issue 4, on sale now!

    If you love to bake, then we have over 40 tempting recipes and helpful tutorials from our tutors and other expert bakers for you to try.

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  • Thursday 1st August

    Practice Makes Perfect When Piping

    Royal icing is becoming increasingly more popular as cake decorators all over the world realise how versatile it can be.

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  • Monday 1st July

    Last call for chocolate courses!

    Squires Kitchen International School is busier than ever this summer with sugarcraft courses running almost every day in July. Our baking and chocolate schoolroom is also set for a busy summer with a few places left on our chocolate courses for July and August.

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  • Tuesday 4th June

    Summer Sugarcraft School

    Are you looking for an exciting challenge this summer? Join us for the exclusive 5-Day Advanced Summer School with a different internationally-renowned tutor each day to help take your sugarcraft skills to the next level.

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  • Wednesday 22nd May

    Create a cake for any occasion

    At Squires Kitchen International School, we believe anyone can bake beautifully, master the art of cake decorating and sugarcraft and work with chocolate like a professional; all you need is the confidence to create. So whatever celebration you’re planning, there’s a course for you.

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  • Tuesday 16th April

    Keep up to date with all things sweet at Squires Kitchen

    Now you can get the latest news and exclusive course updates with the new Squires Kitchen International School newsletter.

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  • Thursday 7th March

    Start your Cake Decorating Business from Home this Spring

    Would you like to turn your sugarcraft hobby into a profitable and enjoyable career? Starting a cake decorating business can be scary, but with the right knowledge and professional guidance it can be an exciting opportunity to take a beloved pastime and convert it into a successful business.

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