Beverley Glock is a TV Cook, broadcaster, author, food writer, founder of Splat Cooking Parties and Beverley Glock Cookery School.
Beverley is a children's and family cookery expert, encouraging them to explore ingredients and discover the stories and legends behind our everyday food. Beverley’s expertise is cooking great food using seasonal ingredients that taste fantastic, looks amazing and is quick and easy to cook. Beverley doesn’t do ‘phaffing’ about food. Life is too short.
Beverley encourages children to learn about food, where it comes from, how it grows, how it’s transformed into the food we eat on the table whilst building in the science, maths, geography, history and languages as part of the fun. Beverley runs her cookery school from her 18th century water mill in the heart of the Chilterns, 35 minutes from Marylebone where she runs classes for adults and children. Her team run after school cooking clubs and school food workshops throughout the Home Counties and children's classes are also available from her team mate Audrey's state of the art kitchen in Tring. Beverley launched a children's and toddler's cookery school in Baku, Azerbaijan in September 2014.
Beverley's first book - 500 Baby and Toddler Foods -was published by Quarto in September 2011 and is available in the UK, USA, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, it's been such a success that it's been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, German, Persian and Dutch and has sold almost 100,000 copies worldwide. Beverley's first APP 'Cupcakes, Muffins and Afternoon Tea' launched in June 2012. Beverley has just completed on her second book 500 Superfoods due for publication by Quarto in 2015
Beverley presents her own show on YouTube as well as web based TV channel Bucks TV, is BBC Oxford's resident Feeding the Family Expert and she writes for numerous magazines as well as appearing round the country presenting, demonstrating and as compere at various Food Festivals. She was an ambassador for the Plum Cookery School and filmed 4 videos on how to wean your baby with celebrity chef Rachel Allen. She always has, and always will love cooking. After a high flying career in the City, she decided there must be more to life and in 1999 with baby number two on the way; Beverley quit city life to raise her children.
But retirement didn’t last long; Splat Cooking was launched in 2001, borne from Beverley’s eldest daughter’s desire to have a cooking party for her 5th birthday. Splat Cooking began by selling a small range of products as a DIY Cooking Kit. But it was Nigella Lawson’s mention of Splat in her book 'Feast' that put the company on the map and gave Beverley the financial backing to put together a team to do what she is really passionate about – encouraging children to cook. The Splat Cooking brand is now incorporated under the Beverley Glock Cookery School Ltd company.
Her new-found expertise led Beverley to a weekly column for The Times' Body and Soul and Times Online Children’s Food Expert Column. She also makes regular television and radio appearances as well as writing for a number of online and print family magazines including Families, Raring2go, Mantra and is Ocado's Children's Cookery Queen. With her ‘Celebrity Chef’ hat on, Beverley also gives demonstrations and acts as compere at food festivals including Foodies Festivals, Oxford Castle Food Festival, The Henley Food Festival, The Yorkshire Game Fair, Thame Food Festival, BBC Good Food Show and The Chiltern Food Festival with lots of other events coming up. Beverley and her team are regulars at The Children’s Food Festival and other Food Festivals running their pasta-making and Whizz Bang Food workshops for children
The adults aren’t left out, Beverley is always developing recipes for families that are quick and easy to prepare and taste great, focusing on Thai, Indian and Chinese food with a healthy take on traditional recipes. Her new budget classes, Real Cooking for Real People are going down a storm.
Finally, a shameless pitch for work: Beverley is available to hire for cookery theatre, compere, dems, corporate events, one to one cookery lessons, food writing and generally anything relating to food articles and filming providing it's family friendly. Also up for her own cookery show too if you're a producer. Beverley can be contacted at [email protected] or on 0870 766 8290
Beverley is married to the wonderful and long-suffering Peter with three scrummy children aged 17, 13 and 11 who are great taste testers and a two dogs called Jasper and Sidney who’d love to be involved in taste tests - but aren’t!
It’s not rocket science, it’s food!
Cookery School Kitchen and Garden
Some photos that I hope will give you a sneak peak into my cookery school. It's based in my 18th century mill house, looks like a farmhouse kitchen and I take a maximum of 6 adults, 9 teenagers and 12 children as I can comfortably fit this number around my kitchen table. The school is equipped with a two oven AGA (we are one of the few registered AGA cookery schools), with induction hobs and range of equipment by KitchenAid, Magimix, Cuisinart and Kenwood. The garden slopes up to the mill pond and is a lovely tranquil setting for coffee, tea and lunch during the workshops. All of Beverley's recipes include convention oven and AGA instructions.
There are a number of bed and breakfast, hotels and pubs offering rooms, please ask if you would like to stay over the night before a course or make a weekend of it.
Oxford and Henley are 30-40 minutes drive, the local market town of Thame is a mere 10 minutes and the Chiltern HIlls with amazing walks and woodlands are right on the doorstep.
Biscester Village Designer Outlet is 40 minutes drive or a short train journey and there is a John Lewis at High Wycombe for any kitchenware top ups you find you desperately need after one of Beverley's workshops