Meet the cooks

We’re proud to be working with a team of experienced cooks and chefs to deliver cookery classes in our Community Kitchen.

JethroJethro Carr runs the pop up cookery school Kitchen Academy. He has a simple and friendly approach to exploring global cuisines and enjoys cooking with recipes that are down-to-earth and fun. He has taught in schools, universities, festivals and events nationwide. Teaching people young and old to cook, he performs cookery demonstrations, master classes, workshops, gastronomic experiments and corporate team-building events. He has run cookery schools with Hay Festival, Kew Gardens, The Olympic Park, Abergavenny Food Festival, PGL Cookery Holidays, BBC and Blenheim Palace.

ollyOlly Dawson is the owner of the extremely popular street food stall Olly’s Fish Shack. At the Fish Shack, Olly and his team keep things simple, serving dishes from exceptionally fresh local fish from dayboats or MSC certified catch. In the decade before starting the Fish Shack, Olly worked as a community chef in Sussex and the surrounding area sharing his passion for cooking and helping people get the same satisfaction he gets when he’s in front of the stove!

Priya Deshingkar is the owner and founder of Deccan Tiffin, and runs successful monthly Maharani Supperclubs from her home in Hove, as well as popular pop-ups in the West Hove area. She’s also an academic researching migration at the University of Sussex who brings her background rooted in the cuisines of north India to Brighton & Hove. She says she learnt how to cook from her grandmothers and many neighbourhood Auntijis who were all great cooks.

Charlotte FullerCharlotte Fuller is an experienced, trained pastry chef. She runs her own small cake business and work freelance as a pastry chef. Qualified with the Award in Education & Training (formerly PTTLLS) from Brighton City College, she is also an experienced trainer, having worked with people of many ages, skill levels and backgrounds – from a cookery club for NEET (not in education, employment or training) young people to cookery courses for older women. She has undertaken sessional workshops for Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, including Albion in the Community, Zip Zaps, Shape Up, Soup and Stomp and Cooking for Wellbeing.

Tina Horvath, CantinaTina Horvath has always enjoyed using food to bring people together. She worked on the London restaurant scene in a variety of front of house roles for over 20 years before her food knowledge shaped a desire to move into the kitchen and cook. She set up CanTina Brighton in 2010, opening her home to create the city’s first regular supper club. Since then, CanTina has been featured, reviewed and named as one of the UK’s best supper clubs in Stylist magazine, Grazia and BBC Olive. Tina cooks for a variety of events – and most weekends she is at the stove cooking for anything from 10 to 100 diners. Her food heroes are many and include Yotam Ottolenghi, Skye Gyngell, Sam and Sam Clark and Anna Jones. She has a degree in Food and Culinary Arts.

Bookie Mitchell, Chilli ChicksBookie Mitchell is the founder and owner of Chilli Chicks Thai cooking school. She set up the popular Street Thai restaurant, with its Thai Street food concept, in Brighton, and has many years’ experience in the hospitality industry behind her. Passionate about cooking, she learned her ways with food by watching and helping her grandmother prepare dishes – and she insists: “Thai cooking is easy, let me show you how.”

AnnaAnna Schwarz is a cookery teacher and chef with a love of food and 20 years’ experience. She is a qualified pastry chef who used to work at Real Patisserie, and she regularly caters for large events from festivals to weddings. She believes that cooking and eating together are satisfying, creative and bring people together. She enjoys showing people that anyone – not just chefs – can make and enjoy delicious food, and that healthy food can taste great. Since 2002 Anna has worked as a community cookery teacher. The hundreds of people who have come to her courses have regularly said things like “I didn’t know it could be so easy”, “I didn’t know I liked cooking”, and “that can’t be healthy, it tastes too good”.

Fran Taylor, the Brighton Nutritionist, is an Association for Nutrition (AfN) registered Public Health Nutritionist who has extensive experience in children and family nutrition. She has run eating well programmes for healthy families, healthy weight workshops for new parents, fussy eating trouble shooting and works with organisations such as Albion in the Commnity to provide guidance for fuelling active kids. Fran works with groups, families and on a one-to-one basis, and she combines nutritional expertise, practical guidance and behaviour change techniques.

Caroline WhitemanCaroline Whiteman has been cooking and eating vegetarian food with relish for 30 years, and sharing her enthusiasm for simple and delicious recipes for nearly a decade. Bringing a group together to prepare (and eat) their creations is one of her greatest joys. She believes that vegetarian food can taste phenomenal as well as be incredibly nutritious, and the range of local vegetarian produce inspires her recipes and menus. Her original twists and tricks make vegetarian food so delicious even the most committed carnivores won’t miss the meat.

Guest chefs

We also work with guest chefs who run special Masterclasses – current partnerships include Michael Bremner from 64 Degrees/ Murmur, Douglas McMaster from Silo, Kane McDowell from Sugardough and Minesh Agnihotri who founded Indian Summer and Our email newsletters have the latest updates on these exclusive opportunities to cook with some of Brighton & Hove’s most celebrated chefs.

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