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Jim Fisher

Head Chef / Tutor and Co-owner of Exeter Cookery School, Jim Fisher is a former Masterchef semi-finalist who started his cooking career as a chef in the kitchens of Exeter’s White Hart Hotel. He then went on to cook alongside Rick Stein in Padstow, Alistair Little in Notting Hill and Tony Tobin of Ready Steady Cook fame, before heading to the Dordogne with wife Lucy and then 8-year-old daughter Jenny to set up Cook in France. During his time in France, Jim collected a mass of knowledge and recipes from some of the best chefs in the area, and he enjoys putting them to good use at Exeter Cookery School.

In 2000, Brits Jim and Lucy Fisher and their daughter, Jenny, moved to the Dordogne, SW France, to set up a cookery school offering cooking lessons to locals and travellers alike.

Despite the locals’ bemusement at the idea of an Englishman teaching anyone to cook, not least in France, Cook in France became a huge success, taking students from all over the world, including France!

Sixteen years later, Jim and Lucy returned to the UK, to the place they first met and fell in love – Exeter. They began offering cooking classes and courses in Devon – the county of their roots – and raring to go with the successor to Cook in France: Exeter Cookery School. 

With the couple’s extensive experience and passion for putting flavour back into food, as well as offering a warm welcome and copious cheffy tips and tricks, it is not surprising that Exeter Cookery School was an instant success. It has gained an enviable reputation for giving individuals the chance to learn to cook the way they have always dreamed, but also providing corporate and private groups the opportunity to enjoy a unique culinary experience in a sophisticated, waterside setting.

Exeter Cookery School, located at the heart of the city’s historic and picturesque quayside area, offers a range of fun and friendly, hands-on cookery courses. Whether you want to learn the art of making perfect pastry or spun sugar shapes or would like to discover new cooking skills – from cooking fish or meat to baking bread or making classic desserts – Exeter Cookery School has something to suit every taste and skill level.