Victoria beats celeb to buy her dream cookery business

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A catering school in Milton Keynes has changed hands, giving its new owner the dream chance to run her own business.

Inspired Gourmet Cookery School, in Brooklands Farm, Newport Road, Broughton, went on the market for £200,000, and saw interest from a local but unnamed celebrity chef.

Victoria Longden has worked in the food industry for 15 years as an accountant.

She said: “I have always been a passionate foodie so when I saw the cookery school for sale I knew this was the opportunity I had been waiting for.”

Victoria acquired the business through The Business Partnership, a specialist broker based in Bedfordshire.

Andrew Coulter, who handled the transaction, said: “Good food and how to prepare it well is featured in some way just about every night on prime time TV whether its Saturday Morning Kitchen, The Great British Bake off or Master Chef.

“So, when I was asked to value a local business involving food and with a link to Alpine ski resorts, two of my main interests in life, I was enthusiastic!

“We marketed the business for a short period of time and created a good level interest including, would you believe it?... a local celebrity chef. The eventual buyer was Victoria who immediately showed a passion for the school and a determination to conclude the deal.” The business sold for an undisclosed figure.

The cookery school was set up five years ago to meet a gap in the market for training chalet chefs. The Mountain Chef brand was established and is now recognized as producing some of the highest quality chalet staff for many top Alpine ski resorts.

January 2014 will see the launch of The Inspired Wine School, a partnership with The Woburn Wine Company.

“It is a very exciting project for us,” Victoria, “We have had a fantastic response to the Wine School and we have put together some great courses for anyone at any level who is interested in wine. ”