About the Cookery School

As the UK’s longest established independent cookery school, Tante Marie Culinary Academy has developed an internationally acclaimed reputation for excellence.

Graduates of our Cordon Bleu Diploma qualification and professional chef courses enjoy successful careers in food all around the world. These alumni have put Tante Marie on the map as a leading cookery school and the combination of our Cordon Bleu Diploma and the CTH Level 4 Diploma in Professional Culinary Arts means Tante Marie graduates have the world at their feet as they progress into successful careers in food.

As well as our professional cookery courses, Tante Marie Culinary Academy offers a wide range of inspirational Lifestyle Cookery Classes  which include weekend, evening and children’s cookery classes – all taught by our Academy teachers in our state of the art kitchens.


training the world’s top chefs

Tante Marie School of Cookery was founded in 1954 by the acclaimed cookery writer Iris Syrett in Woking, Surrey. The school is named after Ann-Marie Taride the author of the 1925 French culinary bible, ‘La Varitable Cuisine de Famille’ – Tante Marie being her pseudonym.

In 1967 Tante Marie School of Cookery was building momentum and moved into Woodham House on the Outskirts of Woking. It remained there until January 2015 when Tante Marie Culinary Academy opened its doors in its current position in the center of Woking – continuing to provide top-class chef training and cookery classes to those passionate about food.

If you are interested in finding out more about Tante Marie or would like to visit the Academy, please get in touch with one of our team.

We look forward to welcoming you to Tante Marie Culinary Academy.

Andrew Maxwell
Managing Director