About Us

Who We Are

School of Food was founded in 2010 by Alastair Instone. Alastair is a professionally-trained cook who has many years' experience as a private chef in luxury ski chalets, private homes and aboard superyachts.

He was driven to develop the School of Food teaching method - classes in your own kitchen, with a focus on teaching a thorough understanding of cookery, rather than a reliance on recipes - by problems with traditional cookery schools and a desire to improve the way we learn cookery.

Alastair is the lead tutor for School of Food.

What We Do

School of Food's mission is to teach cookery in a fun, approachable way. We focus on teaching delicious, fresh, modern cuisine with a big emphasis on understanding how to put ingredients and flavours together. Our students do not just learn to follow recipes, they learn to understand food.

We have a broad range of classes, suitable for cooks of all levels, all of which are taught in our clients' home kitchens.

More about Alastair

Favourite dish to cook/eat: sautéd girolles mushrooms with lashings of garlic, butter and parsley
Favourite dish to teach: macaroons.
Ideal last meal: lightly scrambled eggs on toast with white truffle shavings
Biggest disaster: chalet burnt down when a chalet "girl". Boiler room fire, not a kitchen fire!