Cookery School & Community Kitchen

by Lerato in Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 10th December 2019 we successfully raised £5,059 with 31 supporters in 72 days

Help us build a unique cookery school in Eastbourne. A place to inspire passion for cooking, togetherness & better wellbeing.

by Lerato in Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom

Join us to build a unique cookery school & dining space to inspire passion for cooking and to promote togetherness & wellbeing in the community.

Looking for a place of inspiration, a place to feast, to share and to discover hidden passions, to make new friends and rekindle bonds with one another, while gaining important life skills? Our cookery school is just the treat. A home away from home, an inclusive space that reflects and celebrates the diversity in our great community.

We are excited to be opening our first and Eastbourne's only cookery school in 2020. We invite you to join us to raise £14,000 before Christmas to bring our cookery school to life in the New year.

After feeding lots of people at unique events from African dinner & dance to Provencal-inspired supper clubs, cookery classes, immersive dining experiences, to yoga brunches and feasts in the forest, the single most popular question asked is, can I have that recipe? Our capacity for learning is infinite and the more we learn about food the better we can feed ourselves and our families. We want to empower others with the tools to cook and eat well, while supporting those in our society who need help.

Become A Founding Member

As a founding member of our cookery school, you will help us build something truly amazing in our community while you enjoy exciting rewards from hands-on cookery classes, private dining & wine tasting experiences, outdoor experiences from our yoga feasts to Seven Sisters country park walks & forest feasts, kids cookery club membership and more. All our supporters's names will be etched onto our' Founders's Wall Forever!!!

Join us to start a food revolution in Eastbourne, not only for Eastbournians but for our friends and family afar including all the wonderful people we attract to our sunshine coast.


Your support will be invaluable towards creating a space for learning, leisure, friendship and support for members of the public and those in need in our community.

We would love to:

  • Provide a welcoming and inclusive space for visitors and all members of our community, showcasing different cultures, including black and minority ethnic communities to share their culture, experiences and foods with the wider community
  • Create free & subsidised program of cookery events for the community - allowing us to run classes with local organisations who work to improve lives
  • Kit out the kitchen with adequate tools, equipment and crockery for our classes
  • Provide wheelchair access with wheelchair accessible cooking station, giving everyone access to our classes 
  • Support our community with cookery classes for caregivers and the elderly to encourage independent living and the chance to alleviate loneliness and depression
  • Create cooking classes for children and young adults to learn to be independent
  • Continue to host our Christmas feasts for those who would otherwise be alone at Christmas or those unable to afford a celebratory meal, this time on a much larger scale
  • Provide food for local homeless organisations and projects such as Winter Night Shelter, including a weekly pay as you feel community kitchen 
  • Provide flexible employment opportunities, training in hospitality and support for those who want to start pop-ups

You can also help us a great deal by sharing our crowdfunding campaign, offering your time, expertise or signing up as a volunteer for our community programmes. If you will like to join us please contact us here.

I am Lerato, a cookery writer and teacher. After my experience as a tv chef and presenter in Nigeria, I got married to an Eastbournian and swapped my London-Lagos life for life on the coast and this has been the best decision ever! We love the wonderful community spirit here and of course the sea breeze!

Thurston & Lerato Umah-Shaylor

I caught the bug for teaching ever since I started as a TV chef and as a columnist for The Guardian. Since then I have taught so many from hundreds at live at food festivals, at partner venues like the London Cooking Project, with social enterprises like The Community Kitchen of Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and even in our home. My cooking style is an explosion of flavours, with homemade spice blends, lots of fresh and seasonal produce, inspired by my African and European family and upbringing. I have also collaborated with great brands like Tilda RiceMiele, Le Creuset, exclusive members clubs such as Soho House, Groucho Club, and many more who believe in my mission to educate and inspire through food. 

As a regular contributor on the BBC, it is incredibly fun sharing recipes with thousands on-air including friends, family and neighbours. What a privilege! We even hosted a supper club live on BBC Sussex & Surrey with our lovely friends at Wefifo. 

Our London Cookery School on BBC

We have also been featured in local, national and international media such as the BBC, Waitrose Weekend, Time Out, Evening Standard, GQ Magazine, Sussex Life Magazine including being featured amongst the best chefs in the country on Great British Chefs.

One of my most popular recipes is the chickpea tart, inspired by steam beans called moin moin which I loved a child. Just ask Celebrity chef Lorainne Pascale who literally wiped her plate clean at one of our brunch events in London. Read her glowing review of our supper club here, 'her first full experience of African food' 


Chickpea Tarts with Beetroot Hummous 

Supperclub live on BBC Sussex & Surrey

Our events and classes have been incredibly popular with the public and a variety of organisations. We have hosted multinationals like Aviva, Shell & GlaxoSmithKline at cookery classes, organisations like British Red Cross, Women for Women, Visit Brighton & University of Brighton at private dining experiences, educational organisations like the Beacon Scholarship who support brilliant young minds and we have even fed an entire movie cast and crew on set in London and all around Sussex.


Cooking for survival

Learning to cook is a basic survival skill that will be useful at almost every stage in our lives for good health and nutrition, from a child learning to be independent, teenage and early adult years when we prepare to fly the nest, and for independence in our older years.

Cooking for better mental health & nutrition

Cooking is important for nourishing not only our bodies but our minds. We can learn a lot about nutrition and how to better feed ourself by learning to cook. There are increasing evidence-based studies that support the benefits of nutrition in the prevention, development and management of diagnosed mental health problems including depression. *Mental Health Foundation

Cooking together to strengthen relationships

While it can be deeply therapeutic to cook for oneself, cooking with others also strengthens our human relationships, teaches us teamwork and creative thinking as we adapt recipes to suits our different lives.

Aubergine rolls assembly line in our cookery class. Not much made it to the dinner table as 'you' ate it all! 

What to expect at our cookery school & kitchen?

We are designing an open plan kitchen and dining space perfect for immersive experiences. We aim to host members of the public to a variety of cookery classes and feasts inspired by cuisines from around the world;

Cookery Classes & Immersive Dining Events to include;

  • Adult Cookery Classes, Demonstrations & Chef's Table Events - to develop skills or be inspired to try new things.
  • Free & Subsidised Community Cookery Classes to encourage inclusivity, healthy habits and food budgeting
  • Cookery Club for Kids, Teens & University Prep Workshops (to inspire young ones to cook healthy meals ay home and when they leave home)
  • Vegan & Vegetarian Feasts (Our popular classes loved by all who want to learn make vegetables interesting)
  • Fish & Seafood Classes with fresh & sustainable catch from our local fishmongers at Southern Head Fishing Co.
  • Sustainable Cooking Classes
  • Parent & Child Cookery Classes
  • Bread Making & Baking Workshops
  • Seasonal Supperclubs & Guest Chef appearances

What guests have said:

A wonderful Sunday afternoon well spent! The Food tasted divine and the preparation and cooking part was very enjoyable. I went alone and met some lovely people! I look forward to sharing the recipes with friends and family (who by the way are already lining up for me to make at home after seeing photos I shared). Would highly recommend. Thank you again Lerato!

Claudia Halabi from London

Do give Lerato’s Supper club a try. She does get sold out pretty quickly so have a look at her website for regular updates. I really enjoyed the experience of trying new food with interesting people in new surroundings. 

Celebrity Chef - Lorraine Pascale

Lerato hosted my 21st birthday party cooking class and it was amazing. Her cocktails are great and the food recipes are even better. She made the experience fun and engaging. I would definitely recommend this experience.


It was delightful. Our host was very sweet and charming, and made an effort to make sure we were all happy. The food as delicious, and so well thought out.

Pam Hobbs, Lerato's Waitrose Supperclub

Hands-on & Fabulously Fun Cookery Classes

BBC Saturday Breakfast Interview

Live on stage cooking for hundreds of guests at a food festival




Have you seen the wonderful rewards we have for you? The names of all our supporters will be etched onto the founders' wall in the cookery school. Lots of rewards also available for our supporters in London, Brighton & Eastbourne. See some of what we here and do checkout 

Exclusive Launch Party + Immersive Dinner & Live Performance

You will be hosted to a 5-course immersive dinner with a surprise live performance. You can sit and enjoy the show, join us in the kitchen to watch, chop some herbs, whack a pomegranate or both. 

Treat someone to a feast - Join us put smiles on people's faces with one of our favourite rewards. You can treat a friend or a stranger to a cookery class or give a Christmas treat to someone who will be alone at Christmas. As part of our mission to promote healthy and inclusive eating, we will like to host as many people as possible. Those who need help with social integration, nutrition and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 months Brownie Subscription - Chocolate lovers, this is for you or as a treat for a loved one. Our brownies are the most incredible brownies ever. Rich yet light, dark, decadent made with fair trade West African cocoa and chocolate, wrapped in our luxurious gift box.

Kids Cookery Club Membership - £150 

Treat your tots to a series of cookery classes; building blocks for greater independence. With 10% of a kids party and some goodies to take home

Private Cookery Classes, Supperclub & Chef's Table Experiences

Enjoy a truly fabulous treat as you and your friends or family will be pampered, as you will have the entire space all to yourselves. You can choose between a private class, supperclub or chef's table where you watch and get involved in the preparation of your feast.

Home is where the heart is, but we say home is where the food is, and we cannot wait to welcome you into our new home!

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

£10 Reward - Founders Meet-Up

Join us for a delicious bites, drinks, tea & cake with the cookery school founders and supporters like yourself, who have also become founding members. This is a chance to learn more about our plans for a welcoming space for the community, and to share ideas on how we can come together to do more in the community. *Your name will also be etched onto the 'Founder's Wall' at the cookery school! Upcoming meet-up dates will be sent to supporters.

£15 or more

£15 Reward - Your Name on Founder's Wall

Your name will be etched onto our founder's wall; a daily reminder of your great support and an inspiration to us all! Plus 10% off a future class

£27 or more

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£27 Reward - A Box of Gourmet Chocolate Brownies

A treat for you to share or keep all to yourself. Enjoy our decadent chocolate brownies, with fair trade cocoa and chocolate for the most luxurious chocolate indulgence. *Advance order required for pick up & delivery within the UK

£30 or more

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£30 Reward - Immersive Cook & Dine Launch Event

Join us for a day of immersive feasting. You will enjoy drinks & canapes while you also get a chance to cook with us at several cookery class tasters from Macaron, Moroccan, Vegan & Vegetarian, African classes & More. A fabulously fun day experiencing the new open plan kitchen.

£35 or more

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£35 Reward - Yoga Brunch Club With Eva of YogaLife

Join Eva of Yoga Life & I for our monthly Yoga Feasts in Eastbourne. After an exhilarating yoga practice, you will be treated to a healthy & sumptuous 3-course feast with fresh botanical drinks, fair-trade teas & cocoa to nourish & replenish you. *Plus your name on our founders’s wall.* Thanks to Eva for supporting our crowdfund! Spring/Summer 2020. Dates TBA

£35 or more

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£35 Reward - Supperclub Gift Card

A supper club gift card placing you at the top of our guest list for our fabulous supperclubs, winetasting events and more. Redeemable now for upcoming supperclubs and up to 24 months after opening. *Plus your name on our 'Founders's Wall!* Also available in London, Brighton & Eastbourne (Excludes supperclubs with partner ticket sites)

£40 or more

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£40 Reward -Seven Sisters Walk & Forest Picnic

Join Thurston, Tuppence & I for an amazing day out at our popular tour exploring Seven Sisters Country Park, climbing the surrounding cliffs for breathtaking views, before tucking into a picnic overlooking the meandering rivers or in the forest. You can also try watersports in the area like paddle boarding or kayaking. This is a chance for new memories while enjoying the great outdoors together. *Plus name on founders’s wall* Dates TBA

£45 or more

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£45 - Treat A Friend To A Proper Christmas Feast

Christmas may be a joyous time for many but it is also a lonely time for many others. Treat someone you know or even someone you don't know to a Christmas feast. We will host them at our annual Christmas treat with wine & good cheer. All you have to do is let them know they have been gifted a treat or if sponsoring those you don't know we will allocate the space to those who are in need.

£65 or more

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£65 - Treat A Friend To A Cookery Class

Treat someone you know or even someone you don't know to a cookery class. You may have a friend or neighbour who will benefit from the social and health impact. All you have to do is let them know they have been gifted a treat or if sponsoring those you don't know we will allocate the space to our local partners and to those who are in need.

£65 or more

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£65 Reward - Baking Masterclass with afternoon tea

Join our baking masterclasses in Eastbourne. Choose from chocolate brownies & afternoon tea with me, or free from and vegan cakes with our guest chef Vanessa Ferreira-Walton of VS Bakes. Multiple dates available all year*

£65 or more

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£65 - Eastbourne Cookery Class

Join us for a fabulous selection of cookery classes in Eastbourne. Learn to cook amazing meals from a Moroccan Feast to a vibrant Thai sensation. Check out available classes on the website, more to come throughout the year. Vouchers can be redeemed up to 24 months of purchase.

£75 or more

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£75 Reward - Parents & Kids Cookery Class

A fantastic day of cooking with your kids, learning together and inspiring each other as you cook a variety of wonderful meals together. One ticket is valid for 1 parent & 1 child from 7 - 15years old. Younger kids may be allowed with parental guidance. Classes available all year. Dates TBA*

£75 or more

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£75 Reward - Gourmet Plant-based Cooking

Join our most popular class to master meat-free cooking. Learn to cook with fresh produce, make your own spice blends to transform your meals. Learn to cook with amazing ingredients like saffron, a variety of pulses, grains, seeds & fruits. Classes available all year. Dates TBA

£75 or more

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£75 Reward - West African Master Class

You will learn wonderful recipes like the famous Jollof, how to cook the perfect plantains, make your own homemade peanut butter for a sumptuous groundnut stew and more modern African inspired recipes that you can easily replicate at home. This is a great class with lots of stories and inspired cooking. Classes all year round. Dates TBA. Also available in London*

£80 or more

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£80 Reward - 3 Months Gourmet Brownie Subscription

Treat yourself or a chocolate-loving loved one to 3 months of our decadence brownies. Each month from your chosen date we will pop one of our luxury gift boxes in the post to be delivered to your recipient. Whoever gets this will love you forever! *Plus your name on our 'Founders's Wall!*

£100 or more

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£100 Voucher

Treat yourself or your favourite foodie to a £100 voucher, transferable and redeemable for our fabulous lunches in the dining area, our gourmet brownies, classes, supperclubs and more. Including your name on Our Founders's Wall!

£120 or more

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Tickets for 2 to Exclusive Launch Party

Join the guest list of our exclusive opening night with a vibrant 5-course feast with botanical cocktails, and live musical performance to dance the night away! You will be treated to an immersive experience in our open plan kitchen. Launch Event Spring 2020. Date TBA

£150 or more

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Kids - Cooking Club Membership

Our cookery club for your little chefs between 7 - 15 year-olds. Membership includes our Kids Cookery Club Apron, 10% off 1 kids party during 12 months of membership, access to 6 classes while saving over £60. Your tots will learn how to cook, cleanliness and safety in the kitchen tips to avoid waste and healthy eating habits. Kids can be booked into up to 6 Cooking Club Classes where they will learn a variety of recipes.

£250 or more

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Cookery Club & Kitchen Membership

Join our exclusive club for food lovers. You will enjoy member perks like a private spice blending session in our kitchen with a jar of your own spice blend, our branded and sustainable jute bag for essential grocery shopping, access to 3 classes within 12 months (max value £75 per class), member discounts at our classes & events. Also available as gift vouchers*

£250 or more

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£250 Reward - Private Dinner/Cookery Class for 2

A special evening with our venue closed off for just you two for hands-on cooking with Lerato or an immersive chef's table experience with your choice of demonstration & or cooking followed by an intimate dinner with specially paired wines. A unique treat which you can enjoy with your favourite foodie! You can take advantage of this to experience the kitchen before anyone else! *Plus your name on our Founders’ Wall.

£450 or more

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£450 Reward - Private Supperclub for 10

Enjoy a 3-course private supper club with your favourite 10. Perfect for a celebration, a surprise proposal, a corporate do! You will have the entire space to yourselves to feast and be merry. Limited drinks included.

£650 or more

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Chef's Table Dinner for up to 10

You will be treated to a private immersive experience with demonstrations and live cooking while you sit at the table. You will feast on sumptuous food with the finest ingredients from saffron to luxurious chocolate. Your menu will be paired with specially selected wines to match from the best Sussex Vineyards and beyond. Date to be mutually agreed*

£850 or more

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£750 Reward - Private Cookery Class for 10

A treat for 10 people, with hands-on cooking and a feast shared together with wine. Choose between our classes which include, Healthy Cooking Class, Moroccan Cooking Class, West African Cooking Class, Curries From Around The World, Vegan & Vegetarian Cooking Class, Baking workshops and more. Perfect for private celebrations, birthdays, bridal showers or to host colleagues. *Redeemable up to 12 months after purchase.

£1,000 or more

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Cookery School Partner +Chef's Table Dinner for 10

Become our cookery school partner and help to contribute to our community classes. We will host an exclusive cookery class or chef's table event with dessert & drinks for up to 10 people. You will also be featured on our founders’s wall, and for 12 months on the cookery school website as a partner. *Also Available in London

£3,000 or more

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Cookery School Partner + Chef's Table for 30

Become our cookery school partner and help to contribute to our community classes. We will host an exclusive cookery class or chef's table event with dessert and drinks for up to 30 people. You will also be featured on our founders’s wall, and for 12 months on the cookery school website as our partner. This reward can be used in London, Brighton or Eastbourne.*

£5,000 or more

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Become the ULTIMATE PARTNER of our cookery school. Enjoy an exclusive chef's table event or cookery class with dessert & drinks for up to 50 people. This can be split into up to 3 events with different groups over 2 years. You and your guests will receive branded aprons or our sustainable jute bags during the class. Featured on our founders's wall, & for 24 months in the cookery school & on the website. Available in London, Brighton & Eastbourne.

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