In Great Company for Cooking

Our team is small but dedicated. We’re proud of our cookery school and committed to providing you with a memorable stay.
Our team is efficient, polite and friendly. We always try to accommodate our guest’s requests no matter how unusual!


Ali Bilton

Head Tutor

Ali Bilton, has enjoyed an interesting and varied career before joining us as Head Tutor at Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School. She has set up her own business and has worked in private catering and restaurants in London, Spain and Hong Kong.

• Your guilty pleasure?...Dulce de leche
• How many cookery books?...Too many to count!
• Food Heaven?...Wild mushroom risotto
• Food Hell?...Sweetbreads

Linda Latus


Linda first discovered her passion for food as a student at Bishop Burton College. Mastering the skills to produce good, flavourful food was inspirational to her and this lead to second passion, teaching. Linda returned to Bishop Burton College as a lecturer where she taught for 26 years.

• Favourite Celebrity Chef?...Michel Roux Jnr
• Favourite Food?...Real Italian
• Guilty pleasure?...Good red wine
• Food heaven?...Husband John cooking supper

Rachel Kirkwood


Rachel’s love of cooking began as a child helping her mother make a range of delicious cakes and pastries for the family.  Before teaching at Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School, Rachel completed Pru Leith's short advanced course and Bishop Burton's "School of Food and Wine" and the City and Guilds courses where she was taught by Linda Latus! 

• Favourite Celebrity Chef?...Heston Blumenthal
• Your guilty pleasure?...Aperol
• How many cookery books?...168, maybe it's time to shed a few!
• Food Hell?...Gristly meat

Sally Gardner


Sally is the newest member of the team.
In addition to working as a cook for private clients in lodges and houses around the country, she also works as a chef in an Edinburgh-based catering company. She works as a freelance cookery teacher at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, which is where she trained in 2015.
Prior to embarking on her cooking career, she worked as a secondary English teacher for ten years, so teaching is very much part of who she is and something she loves doing.

Alison Johnson

Business Development Manager

Alison has been part Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School since opening in 2010. Although having no previous experience in the catering or food industry she has always held a passion for fine food and is delighted to be helping run this increasingly popular venue for families, friends and business colleagues.

• Favourite Celebrity Chef?.... Mary Berry of course!
• Favourite Food?.... Thai
• How many cookery books do you own?... 57
• Food Hell?... Capers, Mustard and Horseradish – yuk!

The perfect setting in East Yorkshire

Located four miles from the market town of Driffield and nine miles from historic Beverley, Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School is surrounded by private farmland and the beautiful Wolds countryside.  The perfect place to relax, socialise and most of all improve your cookery skills. We are also in easy reach of Hull and York and only just over an hour from Leeds.

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The Cookery Classroom

Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School has been finished to a very high specification with the latest appliances and equipment.  There is no need to share on our day classes, we have plenty of blenders for everyone!  There are four island cooking stations each with a Falcon Rangemaster induction hob and double oven. One of the stations can be lowered to accommodate people who may prefer to sit.

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Cookers at Yorkshire Wolds Cookery Shcool

Our Story

The school is located at Highfield Farm, a farmstead owned by the Rymer family, owners of JSR Farms and JSR Genetics.  It was used to house livestock and grain but rest assured, the piggies have moved out!  Converted in 2010, the farmstead has been carefully renovated to provide a home for the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School and Highfield Farm Guest Accommodation.

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Our Story

Our Yorkshire Partners & Suppliers

We value the support of our partners and are proud to showcase the wonderful produce Yorkshire has to offer.

What our customers say

“A fantastic time. Very organised, lovely premises, worth the money.”

Sarah Devine – Breadmaking Class

What our customers say

“A fantastic time. Very organised, lovely premises, worth the money.”

Sarah Devine – Breadmaking Class

What our customers say

“A fantastic time. Very organised, lovely premises, worth the money.”

Sarah Devine – Breadmaking Class

Chef's Notebook