Worshipful Company of Cooks

Worshipful Company of Cooks
Worshipful Company of Cooks
Vulnerati Non Victi
The Cooks' Company Coat of Arms
Date of formation: 1482
Company association: Cooks and food
Order of precedence: 35
Motto: Vulnerati Non Victi
Website: www.cookslivery.org.uk

The Worshipful Company of Cooks of London is the smallest of the Livery Companies of the City of London.

The Company received its Royal Charter in 1482.

Its origins can be traced back to the 12th Century, founded from two guilds of cooks in medieval London - the Cooks of Eastcheap and the Cooks of Bread Street.

As you would expect from a Company whose roots can be traced back to 1170, the Worshipful Company of Cooks has a rich and colourful history from the earliest records of Cooks in the Middle Ages and their control of the craft until the 19th Century to the Company’s current charitable works.

The Cooks Company is no longer an association of tradesmen in its original sense of control; yet, its membership today still includes craft tradesmen, and its actvities engage with a broad range of organisations associated with cooking.[1] The Company's purpose in contemporary times has come to rest in a public search for the common good, to contribute as effectively as it can to the pursuit of a good society - to be socially useful. It does this through four principal objectives that translate its origins, history, traditions, affiliations, and activities into meaningful outcomes for today's world:

  • To fund a range of charitable activities associated with the welfare and education of the catering trade
  • To support the modern day craft of cooking including catering excellence through competition, scholarly and scientific culinary research, and the development of food policy
  • To support the City of London
  • To pursue a fellowship of association that can mobilise the necessary resource, skill, and wisdom to bring these about

The Cooks' Company ranks thirty-fifth in the order of precedence of Livery Companies.

Its motto is Vulnerati Non Victi, Latin for Wounded not Conquered.


1. A new history of the Company, written by Dr Alan Borg, was published in 2011: A History of the Worshipful Company of Cooks of London

External Links

  1. ^ http://bubbl.us/view.php?sid=105731&pw=yaqYUaoRlhDMINjJ1LjZzRm5qLnNKZw

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Worshipful Company of Curriers — Spes Nostra Deus Location: c/o Tallow Chandlers Hall, Dowgate Hill, London Date of formation: 1272 …   Wikipedia

  • Worshipful Company of Mercers — Honor Deo Latin for Honour to God. Location: Mercers Hall, London Date of formation: 1394 Company association …   Wikipedia

  • Worshipful Company of Cordwainers — Corio et Arte The Cordwainers Coat of Arms Location: c/o Clothworkers Hall, Dunster Court, Mincing Lane, London EC3R 7AH Date of formation: 1272 Company association: Leather industries …   Wikipedia

  • Worshipful Company of Musicians — Arms of the Company, 1905 The Worshipful Company of Musicians is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. Its history dates back to at least 1350. Originally a specialist guild for musicians, its role became an anachronism in the 18th… …   Wikipedia

  • Worshipful Company of Drapers — Arms of the Drapers Company The Worshipful Company of Drapers is one of the 108 Livery Companies of the City of London; it has the formal name of The Master and Wardens and Brethren and Sisters of the Guild or Fraternity of the Blessed Mary the… …   Wikipedia

  • Worshipful Company of Cutlers — The Worshipful Company of Cutlers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The trade of knife making and repairing was organised in the thirteenth century; the organisation received a Royal Charter later in 1416. The Company has lost …   Wikipedia

  • Worshipful Company of Clockmakers — The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Clockmakers were formed by a Royal Charter in 1631. Originally, no person was allowed to sell clocks unless they were a member of the Company. However …   Wikipedia

  • Worshipful Company of Farmers — The Worshipful Company of Farmers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Company became a Livery Company in 1952, and was granted a Royal Charter three years later. The Farmers Company supports farming students, and otherwise… …   Wikipedia

  • Worshipful Company of Dyers — The Worshipful Company of Dyers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Dyers Guild existed in the twelfth century; it received a Royal Charter in 1471. It originated as a trade association for members of the dyeing industry but …   Wikipedia

  • Worshipful Company of Masons — The Worshipful Company of Masons is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Masons (entirely unrelated to the Freemasons) were formed in mediæval times to regulate stonemasons. They were formally incorporated under a Royal Charter… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.