About Ali Stevenson

The Principal of the Spinney School of Fine Food, Ali Stevenson, has a wealth of knowledge and experience.

She has over twenty years of commitment and passion for food and teaching - from working with renowned celebrity chefs, to appearing on television as a finalist in MasterChef and in the series Chefs at Sea with Ed Baines, where she cooked for Albert Roux!

Ali's infectious enthusiasm and love of food will be sure to inspire you.

At the Spinney we welcome students of all abilities from the total novice to the accomplished cook. The school prides itself in creating a relaxed environment for you to enjoy, whilst making each class fun and informative.

Our classes are truly unique as we ask each student if there are any dishes that they would like to be covered on their chosen day and we incorporate them in to the menu.

Cooking with an Aga is one of Ali's specialities, having been crowned 'Aga Cook of the Year'. Bespoke Aga Courses can be arranged upon request.

Ali has had over a years' experience working with Sat Bains in his 2 Michelin star kitchen, refining culinary skills to apply to her teachings at her school.

Ali Stevenson


  • What a wonderful day! Excellent food, top notch tuition and good company. I'm definitely coming back to another course!

    Virginia Turner

  • If Cookery Schools gained Michelin Stars - 'The Spinney deserves one already'

    Ian Ramsden

  • Success! Never made an edible loaf before in my life. Thank you Ali - A miracle worker! Loved my day, can't recommend you enough!

    Charlotte Mawhood

  • Delicious Food! An Amazing Experience! Thank you so much! The fantastic wine we drank was just the icing on the cake of an already fantastic meal! I'm definitely going to persuade my husband to come along to one your days!

    Alison Jenner

  • Great Food - Great Wine - Great Company. What could be better?!

    John Lightwood

  • Wonderful - Fab - Great! Thank you so much for our fantastic day away from the office! See you next year!

    Secretaries at Biomedical Sciences – University of

  • Ali, What can I say?! I had such an amazing day! Thank you so very much I loved every minute of it! I wish cooking was always this relaxing! See you soon!

    Teresa Lees