ABOUT US
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The Cooking Academy teaches people how to prepare and cook food from around the world in a professional, enthusiastic, creative and enjoyable way.

We run a wide range of publicly available courses, social events for families and groups of friends, and we have an extensive corporate client-base for whom we provide both team-building events and corporate entertainment & hospitality.

Our cookery school classes are entirely hands-on, and taught by an expert chef in a home-from-home kitchen environment. Our recipes are straightforward to replicate at home and we always use fresh, ethically-sourced ingredients.

We aim to be second to none in our marketplace, where you truly have a wonderful experience as well as learn skills that you can use for many years to come.

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ABOUT US
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The Cooking Academy teaches people how to prepare and cook food from around the world in a professional, enthusiastic, creative and enjoyable way.

We run a wide range of publicly available courses, social events for families and groups of friends, and we have an extensive corporate client-base for whom we provide both team-building events and corporate entertainment & hospitality.

Our cookery school classes are entirely hands-on, and taught by an expert chef in a home-from-home kitchen environment. Our recipes are straightforward to replicate at home and we always use fresh, ethically-sourced ingredients.

We aim to be second to none in our marketplace, where you truly have a wonderful experience as well as learn skills that you can use for many years to come.

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Reviews
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“The tutor was really knowledgeable about food of every kind. I’ve learnt so much in one day it’s incredible. Thank you for your encouragement and humour – I’ve had a really fun day. Can’t wait to do another day.”  Christine Wagner

“I just wanted to say thanks for a lovely experience today. It has sparked a much-needed bit of inspiration that I have been lacking. The presentation, the information and background and the recipes were all perfect!! I can’t wait to get my spices and start delighting my family and friends.”  Lynn Coleman

“I would like to thank you for a hugely enjoyable and informative day. My family really enjoyed the food I prepared; even my son Arthur who is autistic and very particular about food absolutely loved it. My wife who is pregnant thought the food was amazing. I don’t know if it was my cooking or your expert tuition, probably a bit of both, and thank you for your kind comments regarding my cooking. I’d be very interested to come back for one of your Thai courses and will be giving polite hints to relatives on the approach to Xmas and my birthday. Hope to see you again soon.”  Dave Stern

THE BACKGROUND STORY
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The school was founded in 2007 by Kumud Gandhi. Kumud’s inspiration has its roots in both her mother’s family, who are chemists in India, and her father’s, who are spice merchants. This blend of science and an appreciation of spices stimulated her unique approach to food, which led to her expertise in cooking with herbs and spices for nutritional and medicinal benefit and, what she calls, her ‘Alchemy of Food’.

Kumud built her reputation by catering for many well-known clients including The Prince of Wales, Madonna, The Royal Academy and Fashion TV. Her status as ‘The Spice Queen’ (a nickname coined by Nick Hoffer at the BBC) and the fact that many of her clients asked about cookery lessons for themselves or for their chefs was the impetus to create The Cooking Academy.

Our teaching chefs’ background and understanding of food is a combination of professional training, a passion for food and a desire to share their knowledge with others. They include Pam Lalbachan, Amrit Panesar, Kristen Staines, Gavin Maureemootoo and of course Kumud Gandhi.

We hope to share our love of food with you at The Cooking Academy sometime soon.

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THE BACKGROUND STORY
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The school was founded in 2007 by Kumud Gandhi. Kumud’s inspiration has its roots in both her mother’s family, who are chemists in India, and her father’s, who are spice merchants. This blend of science and an appreciation of spices stimulated her unique approach to food, which led to her expertise in cooking with herbs and spices for nutritional and medicinal benefit and, what she calls, her ‘Alchemy of Food’.

Kumud built her reputation by catering for many well-known clients including The Prince of Wales, Madonna, The Royal Academy and Fashion TV. Her status as ‘The Spice Queen’ (a nickname coined by Nick Hoffer at the BBC) and the fact that many of her clients asked about cookery lessons for themselves or for their chefs was the impetus to create The Cooking Academy.

Our teaching chefs’ background and understanding of food is a combination of professional training, a passion for food and a desire to share their knowledge with others. They include Pam Lalbachan, Amrit Panesar, Kristen Staines, Gavin Maureemootoo and of course Kumud Gandhi.

We hope to share our love of food with you at The Cooking Academy sometime soon.

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Reviews
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“The class today was excellent and it left me with confidence. Kumud was brilliant – calm, patient, helpful and knowledgeable – a lovely person!”  Martin Clarke

“The course today was very relevant – it introduced me to many things I would never have tried. Your teaching chef’s knowledge was much appreciated and she delivered the class beautifully.”  Sandra Allagapen

“Thanks again for a lovely day yesterday, I have to say I don’t often rave about things, so Lindsay, my wife, was surprised and pleased (as it was her gift to me) that I came back so enthused by the day. I have surprised myself with how much I got out of the day and how much I am looking forward to re-creating the dishes. Well done! You have a gift!”  Don Booth

BOOK A COURSE

You really can cook something sophisticated and delicious; try something different and release the ‘creative you’

BUY A GIFT VOUCHER

Share the experience with friends and family – the ideal present for people who are seeking renewed inspiration, as well as those yet to discover the pleasure of cooking

COMPANY CHRISTMAS PARTIES

We provide the perfect ingredients for the most amazing and original Christmas parties

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