Our Team

Rachel Demuth

Rachel Demuth

Rachel Demuth has been a professional vegetarian chef since the early 80s. She was a founder member of Neals’ Yard Bakery in Covent Garden, London and in 1984 opened Broad Street Bakery in Bath pioneering organic, vegetarian and vegan cooking. In 1987 Rachel opened Demuths restaurant, which she owned for 26 years and sold it in 2013 to her Head Chef Richard Buckley. In 2000 she started the Demuths Cookery School to teach people how to cook the ‘Demuths’ style of innovative vegetable dishes.  She was awarded Best Cookery Tutor in 2013.

Helen Lawrence

Helen Lawrence

Helen is Demuths head tutor and has led the teaching at the school for 8 years. She was Head Chef at Demuths restaurant, a post she filled for 5 years. She is a trained chef and has trained in classical French cooking and is now an expert in Vegan cookery training, also an expert in knife skills and chefs tips. She enjoys the creativity of plant-based and vegan cooking, lifting vegetables to the central position, they deserve in our diets.

Lydia Downey

Lydia Downey

Lydia is one of our lead tutors and specialises in World cooking.

Lydia comes from a food loving family and learnt to cook from an early age with her Chinese mother. She has spent all her working life involved with food.  Lydia is an excellent teacher, with a wealth of knowledge and creativity to impart alongside a warm personality. 

Jan Berridge

Jan Berridge

Jan is one of our lead tutors and has been teaching at Demuths Cookery School since it began in 2000. She also worked at Demuths Restaurant for many years. She specialises in World cookery and is an accomplished food stylist. 

Erin Baker

Erin Baker

Erin Baker is a lead tutor on our Diploma Courses and has been a professional plant-based chef and cookery tutor for over 15 years focusing on whole food, world flavours and seasonal ingredients.  Prior to living in the UK, Erin was co-owner of an award winning vegetarian restaurant in California. She currently resides in Stroud and runs the Natural Cookery School in Nailsworth. She is an avid fruit and vegetable gardener with a passion for edible flowers.

Eloise Schwerdt

Eloise Schwerdt

Eloise is a creative Naturopathic chef having trained in raw food with Plant Lab under Mathew Kenney, completing L1- L3 and she is also a Nutritionist in Naturopathic Nutrition from The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM). She teaches at Demuths alongside running her own cookery courses, private catering and clinics, helping people to overcome a range of different issues through dietary and lifestyle changes with the ethos of ‘food first’.

Amy Magner

Amy Magner

Amy is one of Demuth’s newest teachers and was classically trained at Leiths School of Food and wine before becoming a vegan baker in 2017. She is passionate about teaching people how to live a more plant-based lifestyle through creating delicious, wholesome and creative food. Amy also runs a vegan catering company called Relish which specialises in cakes and bakes along with catering for 100% plant-based weddings, hen parties and birthdays. Amy sells her vegan goodies at various markets around the South West. 

Lucie Cousins

Lucie Cousins

Lucie teaches our Fermentation and Vegan Cheese classes at Demuths.  She runs her own business the Bath Culture House where she creates artisan and handcrafted raw, vegan and gluten free food and drink. Her interest in the ancient art of fermentation began during a career as an award-winning cheese maker on the north Cornish coast. It became clear that honing this craft was her calling, Lucie now teaches the art of fermentation to others as a way to better health through simple, good quality ingredients and probiotic goodness.

Simi Rezai

Simi Rezai

Simi Rezai is an Iranian from the Azerbaijan region of Iran who lives in Bath.  She is an experienced cookery teacher and has a passion for exchanging food knowledge and particularly teaching about the authentic food of Iran.

Georgia Barton

Georgia Barton

Georgia is the manager of Demuths Cookery School - she oversees the day-to-day running of the school, welcoming students from all over the world and answering their questions. She is our social media guru and loves her job! Her passion for food occupies most of her time. Outside of work, she is keeping up with the vibrant food scene in Bristol with her role as tour guide for the Bristol Food Tour and is always searching out new places and products to try. 

Christopher Robbins

Christopher Robbins

Christopher Robbins is a forager, medical herbalist, nutritionist and lover of wild plant food. He leads our foraging walks and enjoys organising bespoke foraging events.

Guest Chefs

Rob Wicks

Rob Wicks

Rob Wicks points cameras at food for a living. He’s a producer-director specialising in short food films and photographs. He worked for the BBC for 17 years and now runs his own food media business – Eat Pictures – producing mouth-watering films and photography in Bristol, UK. He's been creating photographs and short films of Demuth's recipes for about 7 years. Rob is passionate about storytelling. He combines the use of narrative with irresistible food images to attract and engage a wide audience. More information at www.eatpictures.com

Richard Buckley

Richard Buckley

Richard is founding chef and owner or Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen in Bath, winner of VIVA! awards best restaurant and Good Food Guide listed since the year it opened. 

Richard’s philosophy is that plants should be treated as the stars of the meal and should be cooked to the highest standards using a combination of classic technique, modern tricks and ancient traditions. 

T J Waterfall

T J Waterfall

"TJ Waterfall is a registered nutritionist specialising in vegan nutrition. He's the founder of meatfreefitness.co.uk where he provides trustworthy and unbiased information to help people get the most out of their vegan / vegetarian diets in order to reach their health and fitness goals. He also creates delicious vegan recipes, nutrition guides, fitness tips and lifestyle hacks to help people on their meat-free journey. Check him out on Instagram @tj_waterfall and Twitter @tjwaterfall

Christopher Robbins

Christopher Robbins

Christopher Robbins is a forager, medical herbalist, nutritionist and lover of wild plant food. He leads our foraging walks and enjoys organising bespoke foraging events.