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Ursula Ferrigno

Ursula is a talented cook and a prolific food writer with a deep love of Italian food. She is half-Italian and learned to cook as a child by assisting her grandmother preparing the traditional family dishes. She returns regularly to Italy to visit family and to teach cookery. She writes for numerous food magazines including Taste Italia, American Gourmet, Olive and Good Food, RSJ Restaurant, Books for Cooks, Caldesi and Divertimenti. Ursula is also a passionate baker. She teaches both professionals and amateurs to make an array of national and regional breads from ciabatta and focaccia to volcanic stromboli.

Jericho Kitchen Cookery School - Sarah Leary - Our Teachers
Sarah Leary

Sarah is a graduate of Leiths School of Food and Wine and the senior teacher at the highly regarded cookery school, The Cooking Academy in Rickmansworth. She also teaches basic cookery for the charity, One Can Trust.

Sarah’s culinary background is in event catering and supper clubs, she is an avid fan of all things spicy and a lover of the cuisines of India, Asia and Mexico. In 2018 she contributed recipes and home economy to the Indian cookery book “A Cupboard Full of Spices”.

When not cooking or teaching, Sarah can be found foraging the hedgerows for blackberries and rose hips et al. or tending lovingly to her vast array of homegrown tomatoes and chillies, some of which will undoubtedly find their way into the classes.

Jericho Kitchen Cookery School - Pedro Collins - Our Teachers
Pedro Collins

A very warm welcome to Pedro. I am going to let him introduce himself.

I was definitely influenced by my grandparents, my father’s parents. They had what I would call a backyard farm. They kept turkeys, ducks, goats and a pig as well as an allotment. I spent a lot of time helping them out with the chores, including milking and making cheese and of course learning all about foraging!

I am a small bijou producer and customers like that because there is no farming intensification here. It’s just me, the sheep, the chickens and the goats and I love it.

I have been making cheese for about 8 years now, starting with the basic soft cheeses and now I’m making a range of cheeses. Most of my cheese is eaten by the local community, sometimes in exchange for other goodies such as vegetables, a hot meal, wine or whatever is on offer.

I am very much looking forward to imparting my knowledge to you all!

Jericho Kitchen Cookery School - Cat Rochefort - Our Teachers
Cat Rochefort

Having previously worked at restaurants in Brighton focusing on fire cookery, Cat is now a freelance chef specialising in cooking over fire. She finds her inspiration in nature, using foraged and seasonal ingredients to create beautiful dishes that harness the smoky, charred flavours of cooking over flame and charcoal.

She can also be found grilling at Hunter Gather Cook foraging school, The Salt Box and teaching BBQ classes at Abinger Cookery School in Surrey.

Jericho Kitchen Cookery School - Emily Wakefield - Our Teachers
Emily Wakefield

Emily Wakefield has spent many years developing her sense of style, colour and texture creatively as a successful Interior Designer as well as a freelance artist, more recently specialising in abstract paintings and wall murals.

The relationship between food and health has been an underlying love of Emily’s since reading Patrick Holford’s book ‘The Optimum Nutrition Bible’. This sparked an even greater passion for cooking and for exploring how foods can heal the body and, perhaps more importantly, help prevent many illnesses and disease.

After years of reading about nutrition, Emily studied Naturopathic nutritional therapy at CNM in Bristol in 2018 and qualified as a nutritional therapist in 2020. She now combines all her interests and continues to paint, cook and concoct delicious nutritional, healing remedies daily.


Jericho Kitchen Cookery School - Emily Jonzen - Our Teachers
Emily Jonzen

Emily Jonzen is a Leiths trained cook, recipe writer, food stylist and culinary teacher with over 15 years of experience working for leading publishing houses, magazines and the biggest companies in the food and media industry.

Emily has written three Self Titled cookbooks and ghost-written for several high-profile clients.  She has taught food styling courses at Leiths, as well as baking classes at Shermay’s Cookery School in Singapore. Emily regularly writes recipes and food styles for Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Ocado Life, Sainsbury’s Magazine and Tesco online, amongst others. Passionate about cookery and food media, she loves passing on skills to others wanting to get into the industry.

Jericho Kitchen Cookery School - Clare Shilvock - Our Teachers
Clare Shilvock

Shaped by a desire to live lightly on the land, Clare is passionate about harnessing the potential of her home-grown, colourful willows. She creates traditional and contemporary baskets, garden structures, and homeware; promoting sustainable, beautifully crafted alternatives fit for the modern world.

Having gained the highest possible City & Guilds qualifications in Basketry, learning from some of the UK’s best basketmakers, Clare now combines her own making skills with her background in teaching. She is committed to keeping heritage craft skills alive, sharing knowledge, hoping to inspire others to take up basketry by running taster sessions and skills development workshops.