Meet the Experts


Meet the Experts – Juanita Hennessey

Calling all Masterchef fans! We’re delighted to be hosting our very first Masterchef Masterclass in June, with 2016 finalist Juanita Hennessey. In her one-day masterclass on the 16th of June, Juanita will combine practical demonstrations and hands-on cooking with the fresh, seasonal ingredients she loves, to help you recreate some of her favourite recipes in your own kitchens. Juanita sent in her Masterchef application on a whim after a tough day at work, with no idea it was about to…

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Meet the Experts – Steve Lamb

We’re absolutely delighted to be adding a few new tutors to the Vale House Kitchen family this year, the first of which is Steven Lamb, River Cottage’s curing and smoking expert. Steven will be leading our first Smoking & Curing Masterclass on April 22nd, teaching you not only to preserve meats but to deepen and intensify their flavours, using traditional techniques. Ahead of that first class, we thought it was time you got to know Steven a little better… Steven…

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Meet the Experts – Bod Griffiths

Something we love to do here on the Vale House Kitchen blog is celebrate all the brilliant experts who lead our classes & workshops, and make everything possible. This month, though, something a little different – we’re celebrating the man behind it all, our own Bod Griffiths. Together with his wife Annie, Bod opened the Vale House Kitchen Cookery School in 2013, but his love of food and traditional country skills dates all the way back to childhood, attending boarding…

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Meet the Experts : Frank Shellard

At Vale House Kitchen, we’re keen to get everyone who attends our courses to reconnect with where their food comes from, whether that involves getting your hands dirty digging up vegetables, or having a go at killing and butchering your own meat. Not only does our passion for food mean we want to get stuck in at all stages, but we think this approach also makes us all more responsible consumers – and that’s why we love working with Frank…

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Adrian Boots Vale House Kitchen Tutor

Meet the Experts: Adrian Boots

Adrian Boots is the latest addition to the team at Vale House Kitchen, and will be bringing his skills as a wild food expert and landscape ecologist to our extremely popular foraging courses. He replaces our previous expert Chris, whose delicious foraged foodie business Heavenly Hedgerows now demands more of her time – but never fear, it was Adrian who trained Chris in the first place so there couldn’t possibly be a more perfect person for her to pass the…

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Meet the Experts: Neil Keep

Neil is Vale House Kitchen’s resident fly-fishing expert – and with more than forty years’ experience, he’s certainly the man for the job. He started fly-fishing at the age of 7, and by 15 was being coached by world-renowned caster Simon Gawesworth, before going on to compete all over Europe. Neil’s got a wealth of experience in teaching, several key qualifications and a relaxed, friendly style that makes him ideal to take anyone through this great outdoor sport. How did…

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