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!
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.
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.
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!
Having travelled a lot, she’s always been keen to try new foods and expand her palate and finally had the time to fully indulge and experiment with her cooking during the pandemic… (safe to say her knowledge will definitely come into play in her job with us!).
On the side, she is a very keen runner and dancer and can usually be found doing the odd park run or throwing a few shapes at any of London’s lindy hop dancing spots.
Embarking on her marketing adventure with The Avenue family, perfectly combines her flare for creativity with her keen eye for detail which, she will certainly be putting to good use!
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.
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 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!
Having lived in Italy for many years with his family he is well accustomed to tasty food. Bringing his good energy and experience, Jorge started as a KP and sharing Rich’s passion for food and culinary techniques they would stay in the kitchen late into the night after classes experimenting. Working so closely together and absorbing Rich’s culinary wisdom Jorge has moved up the ranks to assist classes.
Liz loves simple food cooked beautifully and is inspired by flavours from her travels around the world especially all the Mediterranean flavours – Greek Salad with fresh bread, yes please!
Outside of the school, Liz works as a private chef and spends far too much time planning her next travel adventure!
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.