Mark is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, including course content, recipes and sourcing of quality ingredients.
His career spans a wide area from the depths of a large hotel kitchen in Yorkshire as a trainee chef, to marquees in rural Suffolk as an established Outside Caterer, specializing in Weddings and Corporate Events.
He combines no-nonsense, unpretentious cookery skills with enthusiasm for food and wine, but most of all, for people.
Various positions in restaurant kitchens and front-of-house preceded 3 years with Egon Ronay as an Inspector of Hotels and Restaurants, followed by a year with Robert Carrier at Hintlesham Hall, Suffolk, as his Restaurant Manager.
Mark also contributes regularly to local radio, with a mixture of lively chat and cookery tips.
"The Hostess With The Mostest"
It is usually Annie that greets you on the telephone or when you arrive at the Cooking Experience.
"Behind every successful man is a strong woman!". Annie and Mark are a good team and started this unique experience some years ago , with a loud splash , but Annie has always kept her feet on the ground, hence the efficient day-to-day administration, from the complex bookings system to the necessary accounts.
Her 5 years with the BBC (Radio 3 and 4 Drama Productions) and many years running outside catering events with Mark, has equipped her well for her present role alongside Mark. Oh! She also raised 3 children along the way.