Malton Cookery School

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Tom Naylor-Leyland

I've been cooking ever since I watched my mother and grandmother in the kitchen as a child. In fact it was this relaxed family feel that I wanted to instil into the school. There's no stainless steel here, no fancy water-baths and absolutely no cheffy shouting. Above all I want people to have a good time cooking the best of Yorkshire produce.

I hope you will find the expert tuition combined with a relaxed atmosphere and a glass of wine the right mix! The idea of the School is to give every student the chance to enjoy cooking as a pleasure. And if you're brave enough you can even try my mum Isabella's course. Told you it was a family affair!

Yours Tom

Tom Naylor-Leyland
Gilly Robinson


Gilly Robinson

Head Tutor Gilly Robinson is not just a very good cook, she's a very good teacher. Her zest for life, sense of humour and eternal patience combine to encourage even the most hesitant of students. She has huge experience of running cooking courses and for several years was senior tutor at the Rosemary Shrager Cooking School at Swinton and still works with Rosemary on specific projects.

Gilly has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the industry managing demonstration theatres at all the major shows and continues to run children's courses at Fodder for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. She firmly believes everyone can learn not just to cook but to love cooking and 'kids in the kitchen' is one of her passions. Along with Sue Nelson, they created a pop up dining experience company called 'Birds on the loose', celebrating Yorkshire's larder and all it has to offer.



Debbie Raw

Working alongside Gilly; Debbie is 21 years old, she loves to cook, bake, create and decorate. After finishing her GSCE's, she went to Yorkshire Coast College to study catering. Debbie spent three year's at YCC; completing levels 1,2 and 3 in professional cookery and levels 1 and 2 in cake decorating. Alongside college, Debbie worked in local restaurants and decorated cakes for people in her spare time.

Debbie's most recent venture was taking part in 'Further Back in Time for Dinner' a BBC Program about food and living from the 1900's - 1950's.

Debbie Raw
The Talbot Hotel and The Restaurant


The Talbot, Malton.

Malton Cookery School is run in conjunction with The Talbot, so we're really lucky to have so many professional chefs popping in and out of the school.

The Talbot's kitchen garden provides a huge range of seasonal vegetables for the Malton Cookery School as well as The Restaurant and we are rightly proud of our own beehives!


Guest tutors and chefs

We regularly bring in the particular skills of experts in their field for them to share their knowledge with you.

Some guests of note so far;

  • Lee Rushforth
  • Luke Daniels
  • Sue Nelson
  • Gareth Bottomley
  • Steph Moon
  • plus many more
Guest tutors and chef

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To make a booking or for further information, please contact us using the following methods:

T: 01653 639096
E: enquiries@maltoncookeryschool.co.uk