“The Cheshire Cookery School was born out of my philosophy that good food is at the heart of all that matters in life; it is an expression of our connection to each other and to our environment.”
Andrew Warnes, Founder and Managing Director

Andrew Warnes
Andrew Warnes | Founder & Managing Director

Andrew’s passion for food is the driving force behind The Cheshire Cookery School. He founded it in 2009 when he realised he could turn this passion into a business. Preparation for evening meals begins early in Andrew’s house – around 10 o’clock in the morning! Unsurprisingly, Andrew’s form of relaxation is cooking and watching cooking programs on TV. He’s renowned for his dinner parties as well as his business brain.

Loves: Lisa’s Lemon Tart

Lisa Warnes
Lisa Warnes | Founder & Director

The School’s organisational whiz, Lisa is one of the founder members of the cookery school. She has an infectious enthusiasm for creating the best event or class for customers, and goes out of her way to make people feel welcome. Lisa loves planning the menus with the chefs, and hates waste – she can often be found making batches of soup with any leftover ingredients in the school!

Loves: Scallop and Asparagus Risotto (washed down with cold white wine)

Sam Elliott | Head Chef

Sam has been with the school since August ’15 but has been a chef since the ripe old age of 18. He started his culinary life in the kitchens at MANCAT Openshaw. His first job as a commis chef was in a hotel in the French alps which then led to being a private chef for a luxury chalet company. Sam then went on to work in an area called Cogolin on the Cote d’azure, where his love for both modern and classical French cuisine allowed him to flourish. Back in UK Sam has worked for Claridges and 2 michelin starred restaurants before joining Lisa and Andrew here at The Cheshire Cookery School. Sam loves the art of ‘muay thai’, and cooking dinner parties for friends and family. He is a keen lover of art and this is portrayed when he plates his food.
Loves:Moules a la crème with a nice glass of sauvignon blanc sat on the beach,

Marc Mattocks
Marc Mattocks | Chef

Chef Marc Mattocks is a key and inspirational member of the team, bringing fresh ideas and recipes to the school. Marc teaches all levels of cookery classes but specialises in more advanced cooking techniques. A career spanning 19 years Marc is a highly professional award winning chef, with a strong background in Michelin & AA Rosette rated restaurants & hotels. He has taken part in various stages with some of the top Michelin rated restaurants in the world, whilst also making his own mark as Head Chef in various award winning establishments across the UK.

Loves: Slow Roast Pork Belly

Kurt Thomas
Kurt Thomas | Chef

Chef Kurt Thomas is a popular member of our team – having over 35 years’ experience in the industry Kurt is affectionately known as ‘Pops’ by fellow chefs. Kurt is classically trained, and able to turn his hand to all cooking styles. He is confident and happiest around people and is a great team leader. Being a natural teacher Kurt’s ambition is to help guide chefs and keen cooks, inspiring them and educating them by passing on experiences gained through a life as a chef.

Loves: Crisp shard of smoked salmon with lemon and dill mayo

Jimmy Dennitts | Chef

A highly professional chef with an aptitude for rustic, home cooked, flavourful food. Gaining accolades and plaudits alike whilst working with some of the most recognised chefs in the North West. Jimmy is most at home with his modern British style encompassing influences from Spain & Italy. Experience in running high profile, private events to Michelin level kitchens whilst being fully conversed with all modern trends of food safety legislation and procedures.

Loves: Steak and Ale Pie

Julie Penkathman
Julie Penkethman | Office Administrator

No business can run smoothly without a brilliant administrator, so it’s great that we have Julie to keep our office ticking over perfectly. Julie has been with the school since the beginning and she looks after all the paperwork, including the class menus and recipe handouts. A fun and friendly person to have around, she is always willing to help our chefs and customers. Julie loves baking and makes Christmas foodie hampers for all her friends – luckily we get to taste her creations first. And if she asks you, do say yes to her outstanding milky coffee.

Loves: Lobster & fillet steak – she’s a Surf & Turf girl.

Alexander Diamond
Alexander Diamond | Senior Chef’s Assistant

Alexander is a firm favourite with both chefs and customers. Helping out whenever needed he is an invaluable assistant to the school. He has been with us since we started, and is an experimental and adventurous cook. Alexander has a big brain and plans to study law at university. But until then he’ll continue to be a dab hand with the fairy liquid, as well as the person customers often want to take home. His favourite days at the cookery school are working with the kids at the kids cookery club.

Loves: His Greek Grandmas traditional ‘Peas in the Meat’ dish.

Julie Bowdon
Julie Bowden | Accounts

Where would we be without Julie? She runs a very tight ship and keeps our finances in order. The only thing that stops Julie from checking the accounts is travelling around in her vintage VW van with her family. She has a smallholding and aspires to be Felicity Kendall from the Good Life in her spare time.

Loves: Fillet steak with peppercorn sauce and Dauphinoise potatoes and fine green beans
(being an accountant she is very specific).


“We are very proud of what we have achieved over the last two and half years – the school is going from strength to strength and we love the fantastic feedback and big smiles that we get after each class!”

Lisa Warnes, Founder & Director