All About Us

Gretchen…

Cookery School Owner, Farmer & Mum of two!

A question I always get asked is ‘so what’s your background?’ so here is the short version..

Hotel & Catering Management Degree in 19….. cough cough!

London Career for 10 years, Creating & Managing Events plus Managing Restaurants – an amazing fun filled 10 years where I learned so much!

Back Home…  Business Development Manager for M&J Seafoods and then Marriage & Children i.e. work stopped for a while (it is not easy to get to those 5am meetings when you are a Military Wife!)

‘How did you end up here?’ (Here meaning Netherstreet Farm)

Netherstreet Farm is a Crown Tenancy Property with my family being tenants since 1889 (according to my father). My husband and I signed a Business Tenancy with the Crown in November 2017 & we now run the farm too.

I started my company Jack & Maddie in 2013, developing my Recipe Format, Teaching Cooking in Schools plus Planning Parties, Dinner Parties & Meal Planning.

Farming being farming we needed to diversify and this seemed the obvious step, we had the building, we had the recipes (we now have a lot more!) and hence The Farm Cookery School was born.

So that’s me, but there are others that are absolutely vital to the success of The Farm Cookery School….

The Farm Cookery School Team

Laura

Laura joined us in September 2017 and took over the Finance side of the business, she is now looking after our Social Media as she is a genius at it.  As my sister said – ‘Your Facebook is so much better now’ and yes it was me that did it beforehand!  Laura works with me on a number of projects and I was thrilled when she joined me to take the Cookery School to the next step.

Josie

Josie is the key to our Education Team, she is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and so brings a whole host of skills to working with children.  We met 4 years ago as our daughters go to school together and we talked obsessively about food at School Drop Offs and Pick Ups. I was absolutely

Jodie

Jodie joined us in September 2018 as the Kitchen Manager. Jodie controls the stock, sets up and assists classes and works with me on developing new dishes.  She is also becoming an extremely good cook and most of all she is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Lizzy

Lizzy is in control of the office, she makes sure that all the bookings and operations boards are up to date and keeps us all in check!  She is joining Laura on the Marketing side as well, it has been so lovely to have her on board.

The Team

We work within the Government Guidelines with a team of 14 – 18 year olds who are fantastic.  They are quick to learn and keen to work and I work closely with the parents to ensure that they are not doing too much – especially when GCSE time comes around!  They are my back up in Classes and I am hugely grateful for their help – and yes of course we pay them (above the min wage actually!)