Up to Modern Times
By the end of the 19th Century the Company’s active involvement in the control of the craft had ceased.
Recognised craft training dwindled until the Corporation of London, together with many Livery Companies, including the Cooks Company, formed the City and Guilds of London Institute. The Institute’s role is to carry out training and examination to assist young people in obtaining a craft based qualification.
Today the Worshipful Company of Cooks is involved in supporting the next generation of cooks through prizes, awards and financial support. For example, the Company recently supported Corpus Christie College, Cambridge in publishing a copy of the 16th Century A Proper Newe Booke of Cokerye (Margaret Parker’s Cookery Book), the oldest known cookery book in the UK.
In July 1982, the Worshipful Company of Cooks celebrated its quincentenary. We look back with pride at our long, rich history but are equally committed to looking forward, remaining vital and relevant in City life and in the support of our craft.
Similarly, the Company supports a range of charities connected to the catering industry. We have employed some bizarre and unusual methods in our modern charitable fundraising endeavours, including: abseiling down Canary Wharf Tower; and, herding sheep across London Bridge – to exercise an alleged ancient right of Freeman of the City!
Try this 1892 book The Livery Companies of the City of London for a short extract on the Cooks - page 430.