The Teaching Team

Our team has a wide range of experience and a rounded knowledge of all areas of cookery. They all teach the Diploma certificate as well as teaching the enthusiast classes.


Claire Macdonald - Principal

Claire graduate of Leiths School of Food and Wine,  Claire is responsible for the day to day administration in the kitchen and for the welfare of the students.



Heli Miles - Class Teacher

Heli is responsible for the day-to-day welfare of the students in her class.  She is a Leiths graduate.



Michael Cropp- Class Teacher

Michael is responsible for the day-to-day welfare of students in his class. He completed the Leiths Diploma and won the Leiths Laurent Perrier Award for Best Overall Student. Michael went on to work a variety of restaurants before returning to Leiths to become a teacher.



Phil Elliott - Class Teacher

Phil trained at Leiths and worked as a chef for private clients before returning to Leiths to become a teacher.  He is responsible for the welfare of the students in his class on a day-to-day basis.  Phil also devised our Saturday morning roast classes and hosts the evening carving demonstrations.



Hélène Robinson-Moltke - Teacher

Hélène is a Leiths graduate. Her background is in catering and food photography.



Sue Nixon - Teacher



Ansobe Smal - Teacher



Belinda Spinney - Teacher



Louisa Bradford - Teacher



Rupert Holden- Teacher



Andrea Hamilton - Teacher

Andrea, a former Leiths graduate, teaches our enthusiast courses and private classes for corporate events.