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Cooking has always been my passion, and I am so incredibly proud to have opened the doors to The Limpsfield Cookery School that continues to grow day by day.  Come and learn a new skill, meet like-minded people and have a delicious day out to remember!




Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and learn something new? Welcome to The Limpsfield Cookery School, one of the leading schools of its kind. Our goal is to give our students the skills and experience so that they can feel confident in the kitchen. Contact us to learn more!


The idea for The Limpsfield Cookery School was born through Jacqui’s personal experience. 


A lifelong cooking enthusiast, and having retired from her job in the City, Jacqui started to look into cookery courses to advance her own cooking skills, but found that there were either no courses available to help her learn what she needed, or they were more geared to professional chefs and didn’t offer the experience she was looking for. 

Jacqui set about finding a venue and sourcing chefs to bring on board and in February 2020, The Limpsfield Cookery School was launched. 


Our chefs are on hand to share their wealth of knowledge with you, whether you’re a beginner cook or more experienced and looking to improve your technical knowledge and skills. 


Our classes are taught in a fun, inclusive atmosphere, where we strive to make everyone feel welcome and at home. 

We look forward to welcoming you very soon!



We have a truly inspirational team of Chefs, ready to teach you all the skills you need to be confident in the kitchen.


Oliver Thompson, Executive Head Chef

Cornwall-based Oliver’s career in hospitality began working with the family catering business. His first job in the kitchen was with the renowned Cornish chef, Paul Ripley. He has since worked in some of the best restaurants, including Le Relais Bernard Loiseau and Le Petit Nice de Passedat, Nathan Outlaw’s 2-Michelin Starred, The Mariners and Fish Kitchen and Pilchards at Port Gaverne. He teaches our Masterclasses and caters for special events.

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Jacqueline Derbyshire

Founder of The Limpsfield Cookery School, Jacqueline has had a love of cooking since she was a child.

A good, traditional Home Cook, who is a cake-baking whizz  and the go-to for family gatherings and special occasions. She will be teaching our entry-level cooking classes for all age groups, together with baking and cake decorating.

She’s also the main chef behind our  Oven-Ready Meals - 'From Our Kitchen to Yours'.


Valentina Harris

Tracing her family history back to the illustrious Sforza dynasty, Valentina has an incredibly rich Italian heritage which she encompasses into her cooking. With over 40 published books, Valentina has become one of the most influential female Italian chefs in the UK. Valentina’s classes are designed so the content is taught n the true Italian style – with minimal fuss and maximum care.

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Jenny Chandler

Jenny is a Bristol-based professional cook, food writer and teacher who learned her craft at Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London.


Prior to that she spent a decade cooking her way around the world, catering in Australia and then working as a chef on an Italian-owned sailboat.


She has since worked in restaurants and cookery schools with an aim to introduce her students to the benefits of eating great-tasting grains and pulses, to a more plant-focused diet.

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Mike Lok

Mike has been cooking homestyle Chinese food from the tender age of 15, continuously learning new recipes and techniques to serve up humble and deliciously authentic food inspired by his memories of childhood, family and his knowledge of the main culinary regions of China. 


His passion is to share his experience of food and culture from simple one plate dishes, classic steamboat to entire family feasts fit for an emperor.


Mike’s food uses simple fresh ingredients, featuring big bold flavours and easily produced in any kitchen, all served with lashings of love.


Catherine Sloman

Catherine is a cookery and bakery teacher, having trained at various cookery schools, including Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork, Leith’s and the Cordon Bleu in London.


She teaches private clients though her Kitchen Confidence Cookery School, and is passionate about teaching beginners, rusty cooks, anyone who loves food, in fact, to build up their confidence, gain new skills and try delicious dishes and learn to love the kitchen. And she really loves the magic of bread baking!


Catherine published her cookbook, Kitchen Confidence, in 2019, all about getting beginners started in the kitchen.

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Sam Centenera

Award-winning baker and cake decorator, Sam Centenera is a former PR and Events manager who decided to retrain in Patisserie and Confectionary and turned her love of baking into a successful business during the Covid-19 Lockdown, quickly winning Silver in the coveted International Salon Culinaire Competition.

An Oxted local, she has built up quite the reputation for her cupcake bouquets - incredibly realistic floral bouquets made entirely of decorated cupcakes, which are in high demand for weddings and special occasions all over the country.

She is an extraordinarily talented baker and cake decorator across a number of disciplines, and teaches our cake decorating, sugarcraft and buttercream classes.  

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