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31st May 2019

Meet Maria and AJ From Truro School Cookery

Maria and AJ are working with us to bring you The Ultimate Cornish Foodie Getaways.

We have teamed up with Maria Taylor and Alistair Turner (AJ) at Truro School Cookery to introduce our brand new Cornish Foodie Getaways. Guests can enjoy a weekend of indulging in excellent food and mastering new arts in the kitchen. Each weekend offers a mouth-watering option of cookery courses specialising in a specific cuisine or skill, using artisan ingredients sourced locally from all around our beautiful county.

To celebrate the start of this exciting new collaboration, we're introducing you to the creative cooks behind the chef whites...


Maria Taylor - Head of Cookery

Maria Taylor started her career as an environmental health officer in Cornwall, before moving to the local education authority in 2000 where she was responsible for inspecting school food and cookery provision. Maria nurtured an interest in teaching and embarked on a teacher training course in Gloucestershire where she was quickly recognised for her combined skills of food health and hygiene, as well as her passion for sharing food and nutrition knowledge. As a result, she was offered a number of roles to revive flagging cookery departments, or set up new learning establishments.

Maria returned home to Cornwall in 2018 to set up Truro School Cookery, in conjunction with Leiths School of Food and Wine. With the aim of rekindling the enjoyment of cooking from scratch and sharing a meal together, her passion for food and learning is highly evident. Her mission is to equip people across all ages with the life skills necessary to prepare nutritionally balanced, homemade dishes that can be shared and enjoyed with others.


Alistair Turner - Assistant Head of Cookery

Alistair Turner (otherwise known as AJ) switched from a career in architecture to cooking after deciding he had a greater passion for food and drink than bricks and mortar. He enrolled in Leiths School of Food and Wine in London, where he studied for a year. After graduation he joined Rick Stein at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow.

AJ worked with Rick Stein for nearly five years during which time, he was awarded the 'Star of the Future Award', was part of the launch team at a new restaurant in Dorset and also tested recipes for new books. As sous-chef, he took part in several celebrity chef events including a Pop Up Cinema in Cliveden House with Tom Kerridge and Rick Stein, as well as cooking a fish course for a charity supper in aid of Action Against Hunger.

In 2019, AJ joined Truro School Cookery as Assistant Head of Cookery with responsibility for creating and delivering a series of courses for the general public. His energy and enthusiasm transfers into the delivery of the courses, helping people to learn about simple-to-prepare dishes and develop new skills that can be transferred to real-life cooking.


Want to know more about our Cornish foodie getaways?

Find out the full details of this appetising offer here. To book your stay, please email

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