Aim of Get Cooking!
Welcome to Get Cooking! I believe that anyone can cook with a little help and my aim is to make cooking a pleasure and not a chore.
My aim has always been to show people that cooking does not have to be complicated to taste good. It’s all about confidence about knowing what tastes good together. Mastering basic techniques to make a few staple dishes, which can be expanded into something else.
Cooking Made Easy!
“I wish I’d had the benefit of Anne Marie’s expert (and friendly) tuition when I started baking 40 years ago!! But it’s never too late to Get Cooking!”
How I help you be a better cook
Some of us were lucky enough to watch our mum or auntie cooking when we were growing up. Somehow, just by being around other people cooking, the basic techniques went in, almost by osmosis.
But for the rest of us, cooking can bring out mixed emotions. Maybe cooking is just another thing on your to-do list. Or you might feel you can only cook something you’ve cooked a hundred times before. You might have dim and distant memories of making cheese straws in Domestic Science back at school.
Lots of us would love to cook more and cook with confidence, both for ourselves and our family and friends. I love showing people how to cook and watching them feel confident enough to change up a recipe for themselves. Recipes were originally designed to help people remember how to cook something, rather than a set of hard and fast rules! Although in baking it can make a big difference if accurate measures are not followed!
Everyone deserves the opportunity to Get Cooking!
I offer a range of award winning cooking experiences, both online via Zoom and in person throughout Warwickshire and beyond. My cookery classes can be private lessons or for larger group workshops and social occasions, corporate workshops or cooking in the community.
Cooking is a basic life skill that all children and adults have access to. It makes you healthier and happier. It can bring greater health benefits as well as pleasure to you and those around you. I love to show how you can cook with what you have in your cupboards rather than what you don’t.
Learn to cook with confidence
I teach a variety of cooking styles with an emphasis on seasonal plant based recipes as well as more traditional cooking and baking. Lessons are tailored around your individual dietary requirements.
What I believe in
Everybody can cook
Whether you’re eating it, or sharing it, food makes people happier.
I founded Get Cooking! because I want to help people find their cooking mojo. Maybe you never really learnt to cook in the first place, or you used to cook but have lost confidence in your ability? I can help you cook with confidence again. Having somebody to cook alongside in a virtual cookery class, using your own equipment, is a real confidence booster.
Cooking really good food doesn’t have to cost a fortune and your new skill will boost your overall confidence and self-esteem.
Waste not, want not
I love food and hate waste. I’m lucky enough to have an allotment and I’ll try to use fruit and veg that I’ve grown myself when I’m teaching. All my menus and cookery courses show you how to cook using seasonal vegetables and common ingredients that haven’t been flown halfway round the world to the supermarket.
Just knowing a bit more about storing food and portion control helps every cook make the most of what they’ve got in their store cupboard, not what they haven’t.
I’ve worked extensively with organisations in Warwickshire to help people on very low budgets make the most of every ingredient, from a loaf of bread to a tin of tomatoes. My booklet, ‘Canny Cooking,’ is distributed at foodbanks in the Leamington Spa and Warwick areas.
Originally from York, I was brought up in a household where my mum used to conjure meals out of thin air. She had a knack of stretching a roast and turning leftovers into new meals by adding store cupboard staples. It showed me that, with a practical skill such as cookery, there’s no substitute for seeing somebody do it and then doing it alongside them. My aim with Get Cooking is to inspire people to rediscover that skill.
I completed my BSC (hons) degree in Environmental Management & Technology back in 1995 and I have always been an environmentalist at heart – ever since collecting items for Blue Peter Appeals! My early career in hospitality, cost sector catering and food manufacture proved invaluable in understanding how to reduce food waste and cook more sustainably.
For the last 12 years, I have been teaching people of all ages how to cook, in their homes, schools, community venues, workplaces, children’s centres and now online. I run a Let’s Get Cooking Club at a local school in Warwick for children as well as Holiday Camp Cooking Sessions at Warwick school.
I work with local community groups to improve cooking skills and social skills and bring people together through food. I also help local organisations raise funds for their chosen charities through virtual and real life Cooking social events.
I hold an enhanced CRB check, Public Liability Insurance, Food Hygiene Certificate, 5* kitchen rating, and I am a qualified First Aider.
How can I help you? Contact me for all your Cooking Made Easy enquiries!