Apart from walking and cycling in the Scottish countryside, or rowing a skiff on the Firth of Forth, feeding people is what gets me out of bed in the morning!
Calm and patient may not be exciting words, but they’re the ones my clients use to describe me. They also say I am very good at what I do and crucially am very good at explaining the ins and outs of what’s being made.
How I Got Started…
After graduating from Leith’s School of Food and Wine, I spent some years as a private chef, working around the Scottish Highlands and over the pond in North America.
On then to the world of hospitality, growing and developing my own restaurant in West Fife. This took 15 years and was based on my love of good home cooking using fresh, seasonal Scottish produce.
Hospitality is immensely rewarding and I have many happy memories of my restaurant days; serving the regular customers, working with our wonderful staff and on busy days, the satisfaction and sense of achievement when everything ran like clockwork!
A chance article in the local paper about a new cookery school opening its doors in Edinburgh gave me a lightbulb moment and Courses for Cooks was born.
From the beginning, my idea has been to teach the skills and techniques of great cookery, enabling clients to become more confident, competent, inspired cooks within one class.