Starting off as a chalet chef, Diana climbed the rungs to founding her own specialist food ventures. This included a catering company and a refined delicatessen in Chelsea. She infamously taught at The Grange Cookery School in Somerset for seven years and has been with The Avenue for over ten years. This Mother Duck engages and educates her students with undying character and warmth.
With a knack for trailblazing twists on classical dishes, Diana simply loves food and is identified for her delectable culinary creations that will amuse and delight your palette. She does not do boring!
Her previous experience in corporate entertainment means she can identify exactly what people want, down to the finest detail. Sophie is on a constant culinary journey of discovering new exciting recipes and restaurants – and she’s always up for releasing the fridge to create magic out of nothing. Good food leaves her absolutely spellbound.
Having travelled extensively, this gypsy has cooked her way through the most exotic of lands – one local course at a time. She really has acquired a great knowledge of international cuisines and cultures (don’t get her started on Sai Ua – Chiang Mai sausages!).
If you have any queries about anything and everything, Sophie’s your girl.
Richard is a self-confessed Foodie, with an interest in modern cooking techniques. His flair for experimental cookery will certainly broaden your culinary horizons. Working extremely hard to share his enthusiasm with the students and push out the traditional boundaries, he is the youth and energy in the Kitchen.
Not averse to working in pressurised environments on NHS wards under his previous guise as a pharmacist he decided to change careers and follow his passion to work with food. Although a a keen traveller and classically French trained he loves to show off seasonal British dishes and ran a series of sell out pop-ups celebrating the best in Northern English cuisine.
As friendly as he is enthusiastic Ben loves nothing more than to impart his fervour for food on everyone who comes through The Avenue’s doors.
Alice’s passion for food and creativity shines through in her work and it is through the love of cookery that she is able to connect with people through marketing and advertising.
Having moved to London 14 years ago she worked in the city for over 10 years and then decided to pursue her passion for food. Quitting her city job she enrolled in Leith’s School of Food & Wine, where she trained for a year. Since then, Monica has worked in some of the top restaurants in the UK and now runs her own bespoke catering company – London Basque Kitchen (www.londonbasquekitchen.co.uk), showcasing the best of both Spanish and British food.
Bringing a great knowledge of food and a great spirit with it, she fits into the Avenue family well!
Liz discovered her passion for bread after completing a class with Bread Angels in 2014 and since then she is usually found elbow deep in dough either baking or teaching the joys of real bread.
She has won over 12 national awards for her breads and her business, and we are equally delighted to have the opportunity of her teaching at The Avenue.
Having trained at Michelin-starred Tamarind’s of Mayfair, Hari also contributes to the Great British Chefs website and Huffington Post.
Her passion for simplifying Indian cookery without losing its authenticity meant that after creating her Indian Food website www.harighotra.co.uk, she branched out into cookery lessons.
Her aim is to always provide a simple way to cook delicious, authentic Indian food at home from scratch.
Having worked in several renowned London restaurants serving traditional and modern Italian dishes, Stefano has fed the bellies of top celebrities from around the world.
Alongside working in restaurants Stefano also worked for many years developing award winning Italian food products including fresh filled pasta, sauces and soups for major retailers both in England and abroad. More recently he has been using his skills to teach traditional Italian cuisine to all ages, including our favourite haunt – The Avenue Cookery School!
Claire says “you don’t need to stand on your head, be able to touch your toes or chant (unless you want to chant!) to practice yoga. But be prepared – Yoga changes things!”