The Team

Truro School Cookery is a vibrant and eclectic community, with a fun loving and talented team. Whether you are a local resident, or a visitor to Cornwall, we would love for you to come and experience first-hand the fun of Truro School Cookery.

Alistair Turner – ‘Head of Cookery’ AJ has lived all over the world from Barbados to Bath, until he fell in love with Cornwall and a Cornish lass (not necessarily in that order). When he’s not at work he’s playing in his smokehouse, so in essence, he’s a proper food nerd. AJ is the serious big guns of the department having a Leiths Diploma under his belt, plus five years working his way up the ranks at Steins. However, with our charm and wit (and our promise of a Sunday off) we managed to poach him from Steins.

  • Favourite activities? Smoking lots of different types of fish.
  • Favourite recipe? My nana’s gravy and her mushroom vol-au-vents (not together though)
  • Favourite place? Chicken Rita’s in Barbados

Aly Birchmore – ‘Cafe Supervisor’ Aly has been managing the cafe since the beginning and is constantly adding new and exciting items to the menu. When not at work she skilfully handles her rather large VW van all over Cornwall, from festivals to foodies events, keep an eye out for her on your travels.

  • Favourite activity? Walking my dog on the beach
  • Favourite recipes? Scallops with Samphire
  • Favourite place? Northern Thailand


Welcome to Truro School Cookery!

Our cookery school is slowly but surely reopening to you all!

We have released some of our most popular courses and have a busy Summer schedule being updated and added to every week!

See you all soon – Aj and the cookery school team