Cherie Denham

I'm a cook, shaped by my upbringing on a farm in rural County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. I grew up in tune with the seasons, living frugally, eating seasonally, and wasting nothing. My recipes collect and collate the essence of these memories but add a contemporary twist. I could only afford to do the Intermediate Course at Leith’s School of Food and Wine, and after spending years working as a private chef and gaining experience, I returned to Leith's as a junior teacher. A few years later I ran my own catering company and then moved out of London to Hampshire with my family. I started doing cookery demonstrations and cookery classes. The Irish Bakery is my first cookbook.

Special subjects

Irish and Italian food... I worked in Tuscany for 4 summers and cooked only Italian food. It was fabulous!

Languages spoken


Regular work

Cookery demonstrations and teaching

Cherie Denham