About me

I (Tim Harris) have cooked for all of my adult life and have a passion for all aspects of cookery and food. I have attended classes at Ashburton Cookery School and  Woolsgrove Cookery School, near Crediton, as well as cookery schools in Hanoi, Vietnam and in Jerusalem, and seminars at Abergavenny Food Festival.

I have worked at The Lamb Inn, Sandford and currently run the cafe/restaurant at Yearlstone Vineyard, Devon’s oldest vineyard, using local produce to create dishes that complement the award-winning wines.

I have visited food markets around the world and cooked with the produce I have found there.

I initiated the Crediton Food Festival in 2009 and continue to organise what has become an annual showcase for local produce and food businesses.

As a professional trainer and presenter for 30 years (I was a qualified  member of the CIPD) I bring a professional approach to my classes, adapting them to suit your preferred learning style.

I love cookery and food keep abreast of some aspects of them via the idiosyncratic ‘Petit Propos Culinaire’, a small food journal set up by the late Alan Davidson, editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Food, and currently edited by Tom Jaine in Totnes, Devon. I also write the occasional book review for them.

I do most of the cooking at home, putting together weekday meals for the family, and I’m keen to show you how this can be done.

My main influences, apart from my Mum and Dad, include Elizabeth David, Anthony Bourdain, Yotam Ottolenghi, Madhur Jaffrey, Nigel Slater, Jane Grigson, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Claudia Roden and Edward Espe-Brown amongst others. And if you don’t know some of these I can introduce you to their work.

Would you like to get in touch or book a lesson?
Then give me a call on 07980 284122, or drop me an email on info@devonchef.co.uk