Chef Graham Funnell was born and raised in Surrey to a family of foodies. As a small child he remembers visiting his grandmother’s house to be greeted by the smell of baking and remembers the taste of caraway seed cakes. It was from these initial experiences, Graham’s passion for food began.

Graham’s career commenced with a four year apprenticeship, working his way through the ranks of many first class kitchens, gaining a high grade City & Guilds qualification. By his mid twenties he was Executive Head Chef at one of London's prestigious merchant banking headquarters, cooking for international business leaders, royalty and well known household names.

The dream of having his own place grew stronger until the day he and his wife Jaycee found a 350 year old property in the medieval county town of Lewes, East Sussex. This was to house their restaurant, Thackerys. The restaurant drew people from all over southern England and was renowned for its excellence, producing exciting fresh food using the very best seasonal produce.



2004 saw the opening of the cookery school, in the same location of the restaurant, with a renovated fully open plan ground floor kitchen, oak floored dining space and lounge. It's here the cookery school was born and welcomes it's students to learn and most importantly, have fun.

Courses run from Tuesdays to Saturdays, with many different groups traveling down to the Sussex based cookery school; from here they start by watching Graham demonstrate, then move to cooking hands-on along side him - helping each student get the most out of their day, with their chosen menu, showcasing local ingredients.