Our training team

James Shepherd
James is a qualified chef (and MasterChef 2008 – 2009 quarter finalist!), with over 12 years’ experience in the restaurant industry. James has delivered masterclass sessions to many a corporate client and used his MasterChef experience to help design the competitive element of our Let’s Get Cooking at Work workplace team building package.

Sophia Jakeman
Sophia  trained and qualified as a teacher. Working throughout her career in the field of learning and development, tackling disadvantage and improving  life chances has always been at the centre of her work. Having been involved in the start-up and roll out of the Lets get Cooking network within the South East region, Sophia also takes a lead role in the Trusts work with Looked after Children.

Suzanne Mitchell
Suzanne has delivered a variety of train the trainer courses for Let’s Get Cooking Club coordinators in schools, and for staff in community organisations. Suzanne has also specifically specialised in designing cookery courses with a focus on Special Educational Needs.

Mari Clark
Mari has been part of Let’s Get Cooking from the start and has trained thousands of volunteers and children in the South East to do the claw and the bridge with flair. Mari is a nutritionists with special interest in early years and she played a lead role in the development and piloting the Early Years Eat Better Start Better programme.

Jill Tiryaki
Jill is a qualified secondary school teacher in food and nutrition and has worked on delivery of training programmes to both children and adults whilst working for the Children’s Food Trust, as well as developing a range of resources for the trust. Jill is passionate about educating children to eat more healthily and the role that practical cookery skills can play in this.

Emma Jarvis
Emma is a Registered Nutritionist and was responsible for the rollout of our Eat Better, Start Better programme across the East Midlands. She also lead the development of our Let’s Get Cooking at work programme and has successfully delivered many health and wellbeing courses within the workplace. Emma is trained to deliver our RSPH Healthier Food and Special Diets L2 course and has delivered this across the country with a 100% pass rate.

Yvonne Richards
Yvonne has a nutrition degree, has worked as a secondary school food teacher and is our resident food hygiene expert with a level 4 qualification.  She enjoys developing our nutritious recipes and writing session plans for training events.  Her favourite part of the job, is getting to talk to people about food and nutrition as well as the cooking and eating of course.

Eileen Wallace
Eileen has a degree in human nutrition and prior to working for the trust was working as an NHS nutritionist specialising in both child and adult weight management. She is extremely passionate about children learning to enjoy eating nutritious food.  Since working for the Children’s Food Trust, her favourite part of the job has been delivering the Mersey Waste Munchers project – empowering people to cook nutritious tasty food, save money, reduce their food waste and give the planet a helping hand. No matter what she is doing she will always find a way to talk about food and to find people’s passion for nutrition.