Diana Horsford
Diana HorsfordHead Chef, Teacher & Owner
Diana is a dynamic and innovative teacher who brings an imaginative spark to the art of cookery.

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!

Sophie Horsford
Sophie HorsfordAccounts & Event Manager
Sophie, Diana’s daughter, is the absolute driving force behind The Avenue.

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.

Email: info@theavenuecookeryschool.com

Richard Horsford
Richard HorsfordChef & Teacher
Richard is Diana’s son, making The Avenue very much a family affair. His previous experience have included Chalet Hosting, prestigious Corporate Events and working as a chef in the South of France.

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.

Ben Blackburn
Ben BlackburnSupport Chef
Ben has worked in the U.K, France and the U.S as a private chef, events caterer and teacher for four years following training at Leith’s School of Food and Wine.

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 Taylor
Alice TaylorPR & Marketing Manager
Having graduated from university in 2016 Alice, a social-media swot and marketing & design genius, is forever hunting out creative ways to get the word out about The Avenue!

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.

Email: alice@theavenuecookeryschool.com

Monica Gil Ruiz
Monica Gil RuizChef
Monica is a Spanish Londoner. She was born in Bilbao and was brought up by her grandparents in a very foodie family in North of Spain. It was her grandmother who inspired her love for good food and cooking.

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!

Ma Baker aka Liz Wilson
Ma Baker aka Liz WilsonBread Chef
Liz runs Ma Baker, an award winning micro bakery in SW6.

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.

Hari Ghotra
Hari GhotraIndian Chef
Being raised in an environment where food played a central role in family life, Hari learnt to cook authentic dishes from her mother.

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.

Stefano Imperiale
Stefano ImperialeItalian Chef
Born in Italy, Stefano’s passion and interest in regional Italian cookery began at a very early age. Surrounded by the aromas coming from his parents Trattoria he couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen and start experimenting himself. It was here that his passion for fun cooking, and his interest in making Italian cookery readily available to all, was born.

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 Meredith
Claire MeredithYogi
Claire has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching for the last two years, where she undertook her extensive 2 year training programme with Triyoga in London. Claire says “for me it was the most thorough and rigorous training available, covering asana (the physical practice), philosophy and anatomy”.

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!”

Close links with the Ski Travel Industry and other Job platforms

We have close links with a number of ski companies and other seasonal and non-seasonal job platforms to help with placing you as a Chalet Host, a chef or assistant chef positions.