UK classes and supper clubs

cooking classes in Cheshire

If you want to come to a cooking class where you’ll leave not only brimming with enthusiasm and confidence to get in the kitchen, but with recipes you will actually make, then read on.

Unlike many chef-led cooking schools which may be fascinating but not that practical for real home cooking, my classes come from the reality of cooking in a home kitchen with the rest of life being juggled around it. Over the years I’ve picked up tons of tips and tricks to get delicious food on the table with a realistic level of effort.

Spending six years teaching over 5,000 people of all abilities, rather than cooking chef-style in a restaurant, means I know what needs explaining and how to explain it. I also know the challenges busy people face as they cook, so I’ll take you through ways to make every day cooking doable and delicious.

My upcoming UK classes and events …

Stress-free Christmas dinner cooking class

Enjoy the big day and the days before without being a kitchen slave. The 3 hour class includes lunch/dinner, a glass of mulled wine or festive fizz and you’ll take home 3 of the side dishes we make for your freezer.

You’ll get all my Christmas dinner recipes and tips, a shopping list and time plan. Plus a turkey buying, cooking and carving guide and ideas for what to do with leftovers. You’ll leave knowing how to get most things done and in the freezer between now and the big day.

This quote from someone who took the class last year sums it up… ‘This class has changed Christmas for me and my family. I’d always either spent the whole day in the kitchen, or spent a fortune in M&S buying bits. Now I’ve got Gemma’s Christmas cooking bible, I know I can get most of the dinner prepped ahead and in the freezer in the weeks running up to Christmas day. The time plan alone is a game-changer. The biggest test was that my hard to please mother in law said it was the best Christmas dinner she’d ever had.’

You’ll watch me make all these freezable dishes (and will take 3 of them home):

  • proper stuffing
  • bread sauce
  • crunchy bay and honey parsnips
  • cranberry orange sauce
  • make ahead gravy.

You’ll also learn how to make

  • perfect roast potatoes
  • the best Brussels
  • a pigs in blankets wreath

And you’ll take home recipes for additional vegetable sides including celeriac potato mash.

Cost £65 per person (includes, lunch and a glass of wine and coffee, detailed handout and three of the dishes to take home for your freezer).

Thursday 6th December 11am-2pm or 7-10pm


Friday 7th December 11-2pm SOLD OUT

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Supper clubs

If you’ve never been to a supper club before, they are a cross between an intimate dinner party and a pop up restaurant. There is no demonstration at this event – you’ll sit at long, beautifully set, candlelit tables to eat a 5 course meal along with your friends and follow guests. I’ll be there to cook and serve you and will join you at the table to chat over drinks and dessert at the end of the evening.

I’ll be cooking up a storm with Angela Boggiano – award winning cookbook author, ex Food Editor of Delicious magazine and food stylist to Nigella Lawson, Georgio Locatelli amongst others. She and I creating a seasonal menu celebrating the best of the food we produce in the North West. Angela’s Italian heritage and my California touches will pop up through the menu too.

We’re working with some small local drinks producers to create a special welcome cocktail and a craft beer and red wine tasting, but you are encouraged to BYO to keep your glass topped up for the rest of the night. You will receive an email the week of the event with suggested wine pairings to help you choose what to bring.

The set menu is a surprise until the night itself to allow us to make the most of what is best on the days we shop. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements when you book so we can make plans for any delicious alternatives we need to make.

Friday 23rd November 7.30-11pm, At The Kitchen, Cheadle Hulme


Friday 14th December 7.30-11pm, At The Kitchen, Cheadle Hulme

Cost £45pp for a 5 course meal, welcome cocktail and a craft beer or red wine tasting. These events are limited to 20 people.

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Lunch and Learn express classes in my Wilmslow kitchen

Join me in my Wilmslow kitchen for a new style of express class, one that you can fit into your lunch break and still get the rest of the day’s jobs done.

You’ll build confidence as you learn a versatile midweek meal that you can add to your repertoire. Watch me make it from scratch, describing the techniques you need to recreate it at home. I’ll also share tips on how to substitute ingredients, deal with leftovers or people eating in shifts and fancy things up if you’re entertaining.

The demo and lesson will take 60 minutes, so you can dash off then with your food, or you can stay for half an hour to eat and chat. Come to one class or come and learn to all three menus over three sessions – it’s up to you.

Cost £30 per session (includes, lunch and a glass of wine and coffee).

2019 Lunch and Learn are all fully booked

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Private group cooking classes in Cheshire, the Cotswolds or London

If you prefer a class with just your friends, in my kitchen or yours on a date of your choice, you can pick any of my menus or ask for a custom menu. Feel free to bring extra wine to make the class more of a party. Find out more here.