The Staff at Tante Marie Culinary Academy
Our inspirational teaching staff come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and have over 80 years of combined teaching experience between them. Some have experience in Michelin starred restaurants, some in Events Design and catering, some have even run their own gastro pubs, but whatever their background, all of our staff are subject to DBS checks, training in the protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults and as well as being insprational chefs, they are qualified teachers.
They are our greatest asset so we thought we'd tell you a little bit about them!
Managing Director and Principal
Andrew's association with Tante Marie began in 2006 before becoming Deputy Principal in 2007.
Andrew trained in 1998 and after spending 2 years teaching, went on to
work in Australia's 2000 Restaurant of the Year,
MG Garage, for two years before returning to London and working at Restaurant
Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, and then Thyme in Clapham. He is involved with every
aspect of the school and regularly teaches and examines the students.
When not at the school, Andrew will most likely be found either under water or up a mountain as he is a qualified diving instructor and a keen climber!
Director of Studies
Sue Alexander also trained at Tante Marie and went on
to gain a Certificate in Education. Sue returned to teach at Tante Marie
and has headed Tante Marie's teaching since 1984. Sue's vast knowledge of
the culinary arts and relentlessly high standards continue to inspire and
encourage all our students.
Deputy Director of Studies
Claire is a former Tante Marie student. She graduated
as top student in her class and has now been teaching at Tante Marie for
15 years. Whilst being heavily involved in the day to day management of the
teaching staff and organisation of the courses at Tante Marie, Claire is
also a popular and skilled teacher whose enthusiasm and approachable nature
gives her a natural talent for getting the best out of our students. She
has attained her Postgraduate Certificate in Education and has extensive
experience in food styling, cake decorating and recipe development as well
as being naturally artistic and creative after a background in floristry
and private catering. Claire is also quite keen on music and if she is not at the school, is most likely to be found singing her heart out at a gig!
Alex is a former graduate of Tante Marie who joined Tante Marie after spending a number of inspirational years at the 2 Michelin starred Le Gavroche, working under the watchful eyes of Michel Roux Jnr, and the legendary Albert Roux. This valuable experience provides Alex with an excellent insight into the industry at the highest level.
After completing her Diploma, Marion worked in a wide range of roles varying from Restaurants and Private Catering to even working on Private Yachts. Marion's vibrant enthusiasm and energy has Tante Marie students buzzing with excitement at the prospect of her classes!
Ally worked as a chef for the royal family at Kensington Palace prior to joining the team at Tante Marie. She has now been teaching at Tante Marie since 2006 and her youth and enthusiasm have made her hugely popular amongst the staff and students. Ally is a fully qualified teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. She is to be found most evenings in her allotment growing the most incredible array of fruit and vegetables, and has recently begun her latest project - a fabulous fruit, vegetable and herb garden at Tante Marie where she shares her wealth of knowledge with the students!
After finishing at Tante Marie, Sue-Lee spent 4 years working at the highest level of Corporate Hospitality as the Head Chef of Hospitality for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and the McLaren group. She brings a wealth of experience at the highest level, to the team at Tante Marie Culinary Academy.
Annie is also a fully qualified teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and has a wealth of teaching experience. Annie is also an experienced food stylist
and manages to juggle her role at Tante Marie with her 2 beautiful kids!
Kate joined Tante Marie after working at Surrey's acclaimed Red Lion in Horsell. This local gastro pub has developed an impressive reputation in Surrey and Kate's experiences with the day to day running of the kitchen mean she has a fascinating insight into the world of gastro pubs! Kate and her husband love a spot of orienteering and are partial to the odd round of golf!
Debbie Volans – Director of Administrations
Debbie joined the team in 2007. In her previous life she was Communications and PR manager for a multi-media computer training and education company.
Debbie is a master of organisation and when she is not working, she is most likely to be found on a tennis court, where she is frighteningly good!