My name is Melinda Johnston. In June 2017, I became the proud owner of the Smart Raspberry Cookery School franchise in Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable & Luton.
My original background was in catering; but even though I moved away from the food industry to work in retail management and then administration and training; I have always loved cooking and enjoy creating delicious dishes for friends and family.
Whilst working as a Teaching Assistant at my daughters’ Primary School, I was able to start sharing my culinary skills with the pupils during the weekly cookery challenges. I really enjoyed the afternoons, being able to teach the children how to cook.
At the beginning of 2017, I began to think seriously about the idea of teaching children how to cook on a full time basis. I found Smart Raspberry and I quickly decided to take the plunge and start my own business.
I am currently running After School Cookery Clubs in schools in Dunstable and Luton as well as holding holiday workshops in my area. What I love the most about owning the Cookery School is the buzz it gives me teaching young people cookery skills that will last a lifetime. It makes me happy to see the students gain new knowledge and grow in confidence whilst cooking.