Hi my name's Julia. I'm married to Rob; Hotel General Manager and Gadget Master Extraordinaire, and am proud mum of twins Josh and Sophia (8). I joined the Cook Stars family in April 2017, quite simply because I absolutely loved what Cathy and the team were doing and I wanted to be part of their success. I'm now delighted to be running the Bedford branch of Cook Stars and am so excited about everything we have planned.
My long and (I like to imagine) illustrious career commenced aged 18 on completion of my Chefs qualifications, and whilst I had decided quite early on that being a Chef wasn't the exact role that I wanted to pursue professionally, it did instil in me a lifelong love of food, and equipped me with some immensely useful skills that have been a huge benefit to me ever since. So, what followed instead was a hugely rewarding 14 years spent within the hotel industry, both in the UK and overseas.
Then, in my early thirties and looking for a career change, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a fantastic new role as a Training Consultant, and this saw me travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles teaching Salon and Spa owners how to use our software. Twelve years on; I still work for this company part-time and (conveniently) based from home, I've also gained a beautiful family, moved 3 times and even donated a kidney! And the future, as they say, is yet to be written!
Can't wait to meet you in class!