lessons in your home kitchen

I’m opening my calendar to a small number of in-person clients who are ready to transform the way they cook.

Over a course of bespoke lessons, you'll fast track your cooking in the familiar surroundings of your home kitchen.

I promise laughs, chats and delicious food as we work together. Whatever level you are, whatever frustrates you about cooking, I’ve got you.

I’ll bring the ingredients, we’ll cook together and you’ll be left with meals to eat that week. I can also organise your kitchen and help set you up with the right tools and kit.

The biggest impact I can have is to be next to you in your own kitchen over a course of lessons.

This is something I can only do with a very small number of clients, so to make sure it is the right plan for for you, we'll have a call to chat about how this can fit into your diary, what you need from me and what I'll need from you.

After that call, if we're both excited to work together, we'll schedule our lessons and I'll prepare your first lesson.

''Like a really kind Personal Trainer but for cooking and way more fun''

One of my clients puts it perfectly. Our lessons together have helped her achieve what she never thought she would on her own. She doesn't have to think or prepare, I turn up, we cook, we have fun and I leave her with food to eat that night for dinner and lots of goodies in the fridge and freezer so she can go back to her busy day having made time to do something positive for herself and her family. Scroll down to read testimonials from some of my other clients.

When and where

I currently have availability on weekdays between 9am-5pm. I am based in south Manchester and can travel within 30 minutes drive of SK9. I mainly work around term times but can offer some lessons during school holidays.

If you live further away, or need lessons at other times, book a call and I can chat through other options.


For us to make real change, we'll work together for a minimum of 12 hours.

The total cost is £1,497, payable up front or in three monthly payments of £499.

The lessons can be scheduled weekly, or monthly, or we can use the 12 hours in fewer, longer lessons. Whatever works best for you and your goals.

Read testimonials from my in person clients...

“I'm a lawyer and a mum of two. I wasn't interested in cooking and never learned much about it. But I have a family to feed and we like to entertain so I decided it was time to start. After taking private lessons with Gem for a few months, I am miles ahead of where I was! Gem is a terrific instructor; she has lots of great ideas for meals that are easy to make, provides detailed easy to follow instructions, and is very patient about teaching even the most basic skills. She is also very accommodating and I love that she offered to come to my house so we can have the lessons in my own kitchen with my own equipment and supplies.” - Sarah

“She understands the demands of busy families and has helped us find a lovely balance of great food with efficient preparation. I also love that she's taught us to organize our kitchen. My time with her has helped breathe new life, energy, and fun into a homecooked meal and has stopped cooking feel like a chore.” - Molly

“Cooking for my family while balancing work and the rest of life can be a challenge. But I'm so glad I invested in a course of lessons with Gem because now I can work around those challenges confidently. I know Gem's recipes will work, that they'll taste great and won't take too long to make. She got us out of our dinner ruts, and really changed the way we plan for the week. An added bonus is that we aren’t wasting food like we were before - everything gets eaten or is properly stored away for another meal in the future. I also have my kitchen impressively organized with all her helpful tips to reduce clutter and keep things to a minimum. The lessons have paid for thermselves now we hardly ever get take out or waste anything.” - Jackie


Hi, I'm Gemma but my friends call me Gem.

I’ve spent 11 years teaching thousands of busy people to become confident, organised and creative home cooks.

I love nothing more than the messages that start pinging onto my phone at dinner time, with my clients sharing meals they never dreamt they'd be able to make previously. And the cherry on the cake is when they tell me everyone in the house devoured it and they enjoyed making it.

If you are able to invest in working with me in person, I promise we'll have lots of fun and you'll be amazed at how quickly you transform the way you cook.

Any questions?

You can split the cost of a 6 sessions over three monthly payments. The first payment will be taken to secure your booking, the 2nd payment a month later and the 3rd a month after that. 

These lessons are totally bespoke so I will work with you up front to understand any allergies, foods you avoid or dislikes. I will then build our lessons to avoid those foods. 

These lessons will work best if you commit to taking them weekly for 6 weeks or fortnightly for 12 weeks. At the start of your course, we will go through your diary and plan in the sessions.

If need be, we can reschedule a lesson if you give me 7 days notice. 

No! Let's not let anything like that put you off. Don't stress about cleaning before I come. Just make sure we have an area to work in that is clear of clutter. 

It will make it more enjoyable for you if you have space in the dishwasher to put the things we've used. 

If you struggle with kitchen clutter, we can use one of our sessions for a good sort out.

Please keep pets out of the kitchen while we cook to avoid accidents. 

I am based in South Manchester and can travel within 30 minutes of SK9 for weekday daytime lessons.

If you're not sure if that works for you, or if you need lessons in the evening or weekends, please book a call and pop your postcode in the booking form so I can let you know.

This is for any level of cook - that may sound vague but my 10 years of teaching mixed ability classes means that I demonstrate and explain what I'm sharing in a way that allows everyone to get value from it. Often the people who have been cooking the longest are the ones who don't realise they have not been doing things in the most efficient or instinctive way!

If you are a really experienced cook, this will help you get out of a rut, expand your repertoire, freestyle with confidence and learn new ways to tackle things you've always done without questioning why. 

If you are a less confident cook you'll have the reassurance of my support and experience as your confidence grows, knowing that what you cook will work. 

Whatever your level, investing this money and time in yourself to learn in a fun and supportive environment will change the way you cook.

How lovely. I'd love that. 

Book a call for us to chat and I can explain how that can work.

This style of lesson is designed for one person but I also offer group lessons.

If you would like to book me to come and cook with a larger group in your home, where I leave you with the food to enjoy together, please book a call using the button on this page and I can run through options.

You'll have made a huge change to the way you cook after we've worked together for 6 sessions.

There is no obligation to continue lessons after 6 sessions, but if you would like to, you can then move onto paying a monthly amount for lessons.

Big change takes a big commitment.

This is a commitment for both of us, which is why we will have a phone conversation before we agree to work together to make sure we'll both enjoy the process. In that phone call and in another chat before your first lesson I'll dig into what you need and how this will work with your schedule so that I can make the lessons work for you.

Because I have such a limited number of openings for new clients, I can only offer a refund with the first 7 days of you making your first payment.

We will book your lessons in to fit your diary. You may want to do 2 lessons in the first month and then once a month after that. Or you may want to do them a mixture of weekly and fortnightly. Whatever fits your schedule.