The Chefs

Stephen Bulmer

Stephen Bulmer

Stephen Bulmer joined Swinton Park Cookery School in 2013 as Chef Director…
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Tamsin Benning

Tamsin Benning

Tamsin Benning is our tutor for children’s and teenagers courses. Tamsin is a qualified primary school teacher who decided to combine her love of teaching with her love of cooking.
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Prett Tejura

Prett Tejura

Prett is the brains behind the highly successful Curry Cuisine spice label, and now also runs our Friday night Curry Club and the Indian Masterclass Day Courses.
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Chris Bax

Chris Bax

Chris is the instructor on our Wild About Food day courses, and also our Back to Nature foraging and survival skills courses for private groups.
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Stephen Bulmer of Swinton Park Cookery School

Stephen Bulmer

Stephen Bulmer joined Swinton Park Cookery School in January 2013 as Chef Director with over twenty years’ experience at Michelin level restaurants throughout Europe, having been Chef Director of the Raymond Blanc Cookery School for ten years and run his own school at Brook Hall in Buckinghamshire. Stephen runs Two Day, One Day and Half Day Courses, along with the Chef’s Table, Mini Demonstrations and Pre-Dinner Wine Tasting & Canapé Experiences.

Stephen rose to prominence early in his career, reaching the national finals of the Young Chef of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and the semi-finals of the Roux Brothers’ Scholarship competition. Since then he has appeared on various TV programmes including Ready, Steady, Cook and Total Fishing.

He is widely acknowledged to be one the leading cookery school tutors in the UK, combining top-level cookery skills with a gregarious personality – a winning combination.

‘He is one of my most experienced chefs and a great craftsman – his enthusiasm is completely infectious’, commented Raymond Blanc.

Cooking has taken Stephen all over the world and he has an extensive portfolio of skills and styles of cooking. During his cooking career he has cooked Italian cuisine with Georgio Locatelli at Zafferano, Knightsbridge; Thai cuisine at Nahm, London and Japanese cuisine at Nobu, London.

Tamsin Benning of Swinton Park Cookery School

Tamsin Benning

Tamsin Benning is our tutor for children’s and teenagers’ courses. Tamsin is a qualified primary school teacher who decided to combine her love of teaching with her love of cooking. Having run successful cookery workshops for school children of all ages, Tamsin is the ideal person to teach core skills, inspiring a desire to explore new tastes and a passion for fresh, home cooked food.

As well as the practical aspects of cooking, Tamsin will also explain the key facts of nutrition, menu planning, food hygiene and kitchen safety that are essential learning for all budding cooks.

Prett Tejura at the Swinton Park Curry Club

Prett Tejura

Prett is the brains behind the highly successful Curry Cuisine spice label and runs our Indian Masterclass Day Courses. With her roots in India, she draws on influences from different ingredients and styles of food throughout Asia.

Chris Bax

Chris is the instructor on our Wild About Food day courses, our Hunter Gatherer course in the parkland and also our Back to Nature foraging and survival skills courses for private groups. Chris trained as a chef, before venturing into wild food. As recently seen on BBC’s Countryfile, Chris is passionate about living from the land and preserving rural skills.

The Kitchen Gossip

It’s lovely to see new season’s ingredients coming in, heralding the delights of the year to come. As well as Yorkshire rhubarb, the wild garlic is now in season and it wont be too long before new season’s lamb is available. Click Rhubarb to find my favourite spring recipe, which is very versatile and easy to make at home.

2014 has got off to a flying start with busy classes right across the schedule. Our Thursday Cookery Club Mornings and Supper Evenings have been very well received and our Barbecue Cook and Lunch courses get going over the Easter weekend.