About The Avenue

About Us 2020-10-19T09:03:42+00:00
Diana
Diana
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 injected that experience into a business with her kids, that is The Avenue.

This Mother Duck engages and educates her students with undying character and warmth and welcomes 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!

Sophie
Sophie
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 gipsy has tasted her way through the most exotic of lands. Good food leaves her absolutely smitten.

With her culinary knowledge, obscene organisation skills and energetic drive she really is the backbone of the business.

If you have any queries about anything and everything, Sophie’s your girl.

Rich
Rich
Alongside Sophie, Richard is another child of Diana’s, making The Avenue very much a family affair.

A multitalent, 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 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.

Niv
Niv
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, which together with his wife Sophie, helps him run the numbers behind the curtains.

Since Niv has joined the family he has flourished into an excellent sous-chef and washer upper, in a family of chefs – priceless!

Lydia
Lydia
Lydia is the newest member to our office team; originally from Leamington Spa, but made the big move to London in September 2019 to work with The Avenue as their Marketing Assistant.
Since finishing her Film Making and Creative Media degree with 1st class honours from UWE, Bristol in 2017; Lydia has lived and worked in France and Austria as a Chalet Host and around the UK as a private residential chef. Having always had a passion for food and the media, this job seemed like the dream combination of both being creative digitally and in the kitchen!
You will either find Lydia behind her laptop, writing our cracking social media content or answering our Avenue phone.
Nicola
Nicola
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.

Becky
Becky
Becky worked in the Nigerian Oil & Gas industry for some years before realising her passion was food, she ditched one oil for another and started her training at Leiths School of Food & Wine.

Becky soon realised that food reminded her of her glorious childhood growing up on a fish farm in Kent, having worked at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant her love for lobsters continues and she joins us at The Avenue with her great enthusiasm and knowledge.

As well as teaching Becky also works with food on TV, assists on the creation of books & as a private chef. We are happy to have her work with us!

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.