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Fiona Hamilton-Fairley

Fiona Hamilton-Fairley is the founder, CEO and Principal of The Kids’ Cookery School (KCS), a cookery school for children in Acton, West London.  The school is a registered charity. Go to http://www.thekidscookeryschool.co.uk/index.php?id=44&page=Gifts-for-kids
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Trained as a cordon bleu chef in 1980, Fiona went on to set up and direct her own catering company ‘Corporate Catering Company’ from 1981-1987 in London and Berlin. 
Fiona’s vocation for teaching cookery was sparked in 1987 when she began to teach in adult education across many London boroughs.  Alongside this, Fiona exhibited her passion for food by working as a food campaigner.
1993 saw the publication of Fiona’s first book, I Can’t Cook, which was aimed at adults with little knowledge of cookery.  This was followed in 1995 by I Can’t Cook: Entertaining.  Both were published by Bloomsbury Press.
Shocked by the absence of cookery on the school curriculum, in 1995 Fiona began to teach children how to cook in her own home and The Kids’ Cookery School (KCS), of which Fiona is Chief Executive and Principal, was founded.  In 1998 this became a registered charity and The Kids’ Cookery School, Acton opened in April 2000.  KCS aims to promote healthy eating and knowledge about nutrition to children by teaching them a vital life skill.
Since 2000, over 12,000 children have learnt to prepare healthy and balanced meals from fresh ingredients at KCS.  At present, over 60% of children at KCS attend on a free or assisted basis and over 40% have behavioural, learning or physical difficulties. KCS is committed to inclusion and offers practical cookery classes to many children who suffer as a result of social or economic deprivation: the colourful kitchens are purpose-built and can accommodate children from three years upwards and children with physical disabilities.  KCS works with a large number of schools and community groups during term time and holds three after-school clubs.  During school holidays KCS holds open sessions for all age groups for children who wish to book places.  KCS runs an assisted places scheme for holiday classes so that children from economically deprived backgrounds can attend.
As well as running KCS, Fiona has been on many expert panels relating to food and education, regularly delivers talks in and around London on social enterprise, food and education, and regularly writes for Nursery World, as well as other publications.  Fiona is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has been honoured by a Guardian Best Charity Award (awarded to KCS in 2002).
Fiona has three children.


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