My award winning classes, meal plans and recipes are designed for how real people live. I help thousands of people cook from scratch, enjoy the process, try new things, grow in confidence and love the results, no matter how busy life gets.
Based in Cheshire, I run my own business teaching cooking classes and running supper clubs. I also create meal plans and recipes for busy families. Once a year I travel back to California, where I lived for 5 years until recently, to teach cooking classes in my clients’ homes.
Unlike many chef-led cooking schools, everything I do comes from the reality of cooking in a home kitchen with children underfoot and the rest of life being juggled around it. Over the years of teaching people to cook, I’ve developed a range of recipes and tricks that work for hectic mid-week dinners as well as for more relaxed weekend eating with friends.
Everything I teach is based on the principle of cooking with whole, natural ingredients. I see how people react and what their cooking misconceptions, fears and stresses are. All those insights, along with a healthy dollop of humour, help me create and share recipes that my students make regularly and with total confidence. I promise that if I give you a recipe that it will work; it will be delicious and you’ll make it again and again. Any equipment I recommend will be something you will enjoy using and not something that clutters your kitchen.
The recipes I share look and taste amazing, but they rarely take more than 30 minutes of hands-on work. Because I know that’s about as long as many of us can manage. I’m a big believer in the power of meal planning and also the importance of one family, one meal – not only as a way of cutting stress but also as a way of saving money and avoiding food waste. Because of this, I’ve created a meal plan service which provides monthly meal plans, shopping lists and new recipes not featured anywhere else.
In September 2018, I won Food Blogger of the Year at the Northern Blog Awards. I talk about food on Vanessa Feltz’s BBC London breakfast show, write about food for magazines and newspapers and cook and talk at events and food festivals throughout the UK.