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About us

The Owners

YORK Cookery School is owned and run by husband and wife team, Kate and Fraser Clarkson.

The duo decided to build on the success of Kate’s bespoke cake design company, YORKCakes, in late 2012.

Relishing the opportunity to expand their existing business by bringing a broad range of cooking experiences to a wider audience, they set up YORK Cookery School.


YORK Cookery School

YORK Cookery School allows the couple to blend Kate’s creativity and passion for excellence with Fraser’s business acumen. 

YORK Cookery School offers you tuition in many styles of cooking and baking:

  • Mediterranean & North African cuisine23
  • Asian, including our very popular Indian and Thai classes 
  • Baking & bread making
  • Patisserie including French macarons
  • Chocolate
  • Cake baking & decorating
  • Festive & celebratory menus
  • Young chefs workshops

As a venue, YORK Cookery School provides the perfect setting for team building and hospitality events for businesses as well as hen/stag parties and other celebratory events. It’s also the perfect place for food companies to hire to design, test and launch new products as well as film instructional or promotional videos.

Our chefs and tutors

IMG_0518 copyKate and Fraser are immensely proud to work with many talented chefs and instructors to bring you a wide range of cookery classes.

During their workshops and master classes, our skilled instructors will share not only their culinary skills, but also their experiences with you. Having worked everywhere from local Yorkshire establishments to a wide variety of restaurants around the world, our chefs have lots of stories to tell. 


Supporting local businesses

Part of Kate and Fraser’s ethos with YORK Cookery School is to raise awareness of local food producers and suppliers.

They source as many ingredients locally as possible, buying quality food when it’s in season and tasting its best.

22YORK Cookery School works closely with many local food suppliers, often hosting events such as cheese and wine evenings to showcase local produce.

As part of their commitment to promote local food producers and suppliers, Kate and Fraser are closely associated with food festivals and events regularly appearing at the York Festival of Food and Drink demonstrating elements of our cookery classes as well as running the festival's cookery school. There's always plenty of free samples!

Find out more about our courses

YORK Cookery School has a cookery class to suit just about anyone, from beginners to the more accomplished cook and experienced amateur chefs.

Whatever your preferred cooking style, you’re bound to learn something new and have loads of fun!

Give us a call on 01904 500 700 or simply look at our range of classes in our Class calendar.