Celebrity chef Nick Nairn has confirmed Aberdeen will be the home for his second cookery school.
The well-known chef says he is "super excited" to announce plans for his second Nick Nairn Cook School, expected to open early in 2012.
He has committed to opening "two floors of foodie heaven" in Back Wynd in the city centre.
The cookery school will be similar to his venture at Port of Menteith, near Stirling, offering all-day cooking experiences with him or a resident chef.
But the £500,000 Aberdeen project will also offer new options, including "urban quick cook" classes, allowing people popping in at lunchtime or after work to take part in a "short, sharp cooking lesson", and a cook shop.
He said: "Two things attracted me to Aberdeen. First of all, we have a disproportionate number of people coming to our existing school from the north-east. That has been apparent from day one.
"The north-east is a farming community and some of the finest produce comes from here.
"Also, there is an affluence in Aberdeen through oil which allows people time to enjoy their hobbies. I am very excited about it as we've been trying to do this since 2007.
"I believe our focus should be in rural environments, but the reality is that in the current economic climate people are struggling to find the time and money to travel to a rural location."
The chef had originally hoped to include his cook school as part of a £100m resort complex planned close to Banchory in Aberdeenshire, but the proposal was rejected by local councillors.