Hello! I“m Anna-Lou, fresh pasta enthusiast and food-obsessed Italian.
I was born in Florence, Italy and moved to the UK twenty years ago. The wonderful richness of London’s food scene played a big part in my decision to make London my home – even now I am still discovering new places, new cuisines, new cultures. After working as a children and families social worker for fifteen years, I decided to bring my other great love into my professional life- cooking! I have a passion for bringing people together through the simple act of creating a meal- to me food is not just fuel, but nurturing relationships, culture, learning, occasionally therapy, and, most of all, fun! I love creating a sense of occasion and helping other people to discover the magic and sense of achievement that comes from cooking something from scratch.
Over the years I have gained a lot of experience cooking with children through my work, and alongside Kiddy Cook South East London I run a social enterprise providing cooking support groups to vulnerable children and families.
We are available for school and after-school classes and whole school workshops, where together we can explore how cooking and food is linked to everything, from science to geography, to maths and even politics. We have tons of fun experiments and interesting food-related activities to broaden children’s horizons and stimulate their natural curiosity. We are also available for private parties and celebrations, where your children will be able to choose from our super-fun formats, such as Food Science or Master Chef Challenge, or we will help you create your own bespoke one! Finally, if you are after private cooking lessons for your children or teenagers, we are there for you- our experience in cooking gluten-free and plant-based dishes means we can help you to enjoy more delicious foods as a family if you or your children have to have a restricted diet for health or other reasons.
Do get in touch if you have any questions- I am so looking forward to meeting you and sharing the foodie fun.