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 famously taught at The Grange Cookery School in Somerset for seven years and has injected that experience into a business with her kids, that is The Avenue.
This Mother Duck engages and educates her students with undying energy, character and warmth, welcoming everyone into The, now extensive, Avenue family.
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!
Working hard running things behind the scenes she is only seen in the kitchen when enjoying the odd class!
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 in order to keep our classes refreshing and innovative. Having travelled extensively, this gypsy has tasted her way through the most exotic of lands. Good food and wine leaves her absolutely smitten.
With her culinary knowledge, obscene organisation skills and energetic drive she really is the backbone of the business.
Alongside Sophie, Richard is another child of Diana’s, making The Avenue very much a family affair.
A multi-talent, he started out as a builder (his fathers profession) and moved onto a cookery teacher (his mothers profession). His previous experience has included Chalet Hosting, prestigious Corporate Events and working as a private chef in the South of France.
Richard is a self-confessed Foodie, with an interest in modern cooking techniques. His knowledge and flair for experimental cookery will certainly broaden your culinary horizons. He effortlessly shares his enthusiasm with the students and pushes out the traditional boundaries, he is the youth and energy in our kitchens.
Having moved from Israel to marry The Avenue’s very own Sophie, Niv joined The Avenue family in 2019 as Bookkeeper and Head of Marketing.
Niv has experience in the finance world as well as a degree in economics and management and is now officially Sophie’s right hand man helping manage the running of the business from behind the scenes.
Since Niv has joined the family he has flourished into an excellent sous-chef and washer upper, in a family of chefs – priceless!
Since moving to London in 2010, Katy has developed an array of skills through a number of different professions. From experience in the busy hospitality industry to running and growing her own local music business, she is the newest member of our team bringing her knowledge and character to the role of Marketing & Admin Assistant.
Although having always enjoyed cooking, Katy really started to expand and develop her culinary knowledge during the months of lockdown, often experimenting with different recipes and ingredients. Alongside cooking, she also has a love for baking, constantly making fun and unique cakes for her friends, all of which she does from the comfort of her floating home, as she lives aboard a houseboat in East London!
Katy is fun and full of enthusiasm – the perfect fit for The Avenue!
Nikola is an amazing lady who designs incredible cakes at her SW London cake business, NDCake Atelier.
She is fuelled by indefatigable energy and boundless creativity. An acclaimed artist and graphic designer Nikola is a creative genius and has joined us at The Avenue to share her undeniable cake making talent.
Helen has recently joined The Avenue family as a chef and although cooking is in her blood (her Grandfather was a chef), she spent many years in banking, while cooking amazing dinner parties on the side, until the penny finally dropped, and she decided to swap banking for cooking permanently.
She completed her chef training at Leith’s School of Food and Wine and directly after that did the WSET Level III course in 10 days!
She has incredible enthusiasm and a deep-rooted love of cooking that she enjoys sharing with those that come through The Avenue doors. Inspired by her travels and experience of global cuisines, she brings imaginative & creative cooking with an emphasis on exceptional flavours to the kitchen.
She is also a fully qualified dance teacher, and when not in the kitchen, can be found in the dance studio!
Dan started his culinary journey at The Avenue in late 2020, when he came on our 2-week ‘Basic to Brilliant Course’.
Dan ended up enjoying the course so much that he stayed and trained further with us and has now become an official member of The Avenue Family.
A man of many talents, Dan used to work as a safari guide in South Africa as well as studying maths and finance at Newcastle University. Since being at The Avenue, he has worked very closely with Head Chef Richard, and loves nothing more than spending late nights experimenting, making new foods and recipes after classes have finished.
Dan is a pleasure to have in the kitchen, and thrives when running our Young Holiday Classes while never failing to bring a smile to your face!
Close links with the Ski Travel Industry
We have close links with a number of ski companies to help with placing you as a Chalet Host or assistant chef positions.