About Me

(May 2021)

I’ve been up & running now for nearly 2 years, so I thought I’d add an update to my ‘About Me’ page!

When I envisioned how The Old Bakehouse Cookery School would develop, I thought I’d be inundated with youngsters; helping them start out on the road to independence as I saw such a gap in the market.  This still continues to be my driving force and I love watching the ‘penny drop’ when someone with no knowledge learns the basics & they then believe they can put a meal together.

That still gives me enormous pleasure, however, the side to the business which has really taken off is the Group Bookings and I’m LOVING it!!  Watching friends laughing together during a Hen party or ‘Special’ birthday party or seeing family (mums, dads, children, brothers or sisters) working together has been such a privilege.

On the home front, it has been quite a rocky road through 2020 dealing with Covid-19 & all the lockdown restrictions we all endured.  My son graduated in May (sadly without the ceremony) and he has now left home & is working in Cheltenham.  My daughter is currently finishing her 2nd year at University which hasn’t been the experience she envisaged but she’s made the most of it.  They have both taken on the skills of independent living & I couldn’t be more proud of their achievements.

So, if you have a reason to gather a group together & you fancy doing something creative with them, give me a call & I can arrange a great day out for you.  Or if you’re looking to get the basics under your belt as you move to a more independent phase of life, let me help you.

Annabel x


(June 2019)

I have had a full and varied life but the constant through it all was being at home, cooking for my family which I’ve loved. I have 2 children and teaching them how to look after themselves after leaving school has been lots of fun!

  • After his GCSEs, I taught my son some basic cookery skills which gave him the confidence to pick up a cookery book & follow a recipe. Now he’s in his 3rd year at Uni looking after himself, eating (relatively) healthily and loving his new skill.
  • During her Sixth Form, my daughter completed her Gold DofE award and the residential element was at a cookery school. I was really impressed with the result; she could hardly boil an egg before and came home with so much knowledge she hosted my husband’s birthday party catering a 3 course meal for 25 people without even blinking! When I asked her what the essence of her learning was, she responded “well, I now have the confidence to pick up any recipe and have a go” – so actually, much the same outcome as my ‘basic lessons’ with my son 4 years earlier!

With just a bit of knowledge, a novice cook’s confidence grows and once they’ve done 2 or 3 dishes which taste ok, they’ll believe they can take on any recipe! I’m passionate about giving the next generation the skills needed to transition between being at home and living an independent life on their own. These skills; not just catering for themselves but budgeting and planning are transferable to every part of life and will set them up for a great future.

Many schools don’t offer Food & Nutrition lessons any more and many parents are too busy to teach them (or is it a bit like driving lessons … they won’t listen to a parent teaching them anyway!). Perhaps I can help…?

Annabel x

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