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!
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.
The Talbot Hotel, The Wentworth Restaurant and Malton Brasserie
Malton Cookery School is run in conjunction with The Talbot Hotel, The Wentworth Restaurant and Malton Brasserie 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 Talbot smokehouse and beehives!
Foraging lessons at the Cookery School are also popular along the river in the meadow below the Talbot Hotel where a huge range of wild herbs and salads are found.
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;
- Jean-Christophe Novelli
- Sara Danesin Medio
- Stephanie Moon
- The Incredible Spice Men
- Andrew Pern
- The Chiappa Sisters
- James Mackenzie
- The Bettys Cookery School Team
Good food is as much about the ingredients as how they are cooked. Here we share the names of some of our trusted suppliers. Above all we urge you to visit your local butcher, fishmonger, greengrocer and baker. Get to know them, ask their advice and support their business - you won't be disappointed.