Peter Gorton

Peter began his career in 1980 at the age of 16 and trained at some of the best restaurants in Britain and around the world from The Walnut Tree in Abergavenny to Burnham Beeches Country House Hotel in Melbourne Australia and Jamin in Paris. He became proprietor of The Horn of Plenty Country House Hotel and gained many national awards and accolades including a Michelin Star, The Carved Angel restaurant and cafes in Exeter, Taunton and Dartmouth and Gorton’s restaurant, Tavistock in Devon.

Why use Peter Gorton

Peter has indepth knowledge of the Hospitality Industry for 34 years, an excellent reputation throughout the UK. He has contacts within the catering industry, marketing and PR. He has experience of owning and running 6 restaurants and countless consultancy experience from pubs, café to hotel chains.
Peter has experience in dealing with the public and press
Example contact-: Chef’s Forum, Master Chefs of Great Britain, Colleges, University’s and schools.
Experience in TV, Radio, Cookery Demonstrations, Comparing for large events, various Food Festivals and working with many Charities.
Peter is head of JTJ Hospitality division and founder of the Academy Kitchen running traineeships throughout the UK.

Peter Gorton’s “FOOD IS FUN” Programme for Schools

Supporting schools in South West England with the Curriculum for Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 in association with Castles Kitchens

We are proud to introduce an exciting new Food Technology programme devised by Masterchef Peter Gorton in association with Castles Kitchens. The “FOOD IS FUN” programme has been developed to help schools deliver elements of Food Technology and to promote healthy eating. Peter believes that in addition to children learning about balanced diets and the mechanics of food we need to communicate the fun of cooking and being able to produce healthy food that is good to eat.

Peter’s “travelling kitchen” was designed and built by Castles Kitchens in Plymouth, and is available for full-day or half-day events throughout Devon and Cornwall. These demonstrations will focus on the “fun of cooking” and “how to produce healthy food that is good to eat“.

Key Stages 1 & 2 (Infants and Juniors ages 5-11)

How food can be fun and healthy

Short, 30 minute hands-on demonstrations for each class focusing on the “interesting” elements to food (funny looking fish, fruits etc). Includes simple food preparation with the children, such as making bread or cakes. Recipe cards will be given to each child.

Key Stage 3 (Secondary students ages 11-14)

“Cooking techniques”

Short, 45 minute hands-on demonstrations for each class focusing on cooking techniques, healthy eating and methods. Includes more advanced food preparation with the students, such as creating savoury dishes, desserts etc.

Key Stage 4 (Secondary students ages 14-16+)

Survival cooking

Two hour cooking demonstrations, focusing on what to cook as a young adult – particularly when leaving home for work or further education. How to have fun while surviving in the big wide world. Includes questions and answer sessions with students and tasting sessions.

Peter Gorton’s “FOOD IS FUN” programme is available now and was recently announced by Peter on BBC Radio Devon having been piloted at schools in Plymouth. This webpage outlines the general offering, however individual events can be tailored to your school’s needs. Events can be held on a morning or afternoon, whole day or over a range of days to suit, depending on availability.

Standard pricing:
• Half Day – £300 plus VAT
• Full Day – £500 plus VAT
• Travel costs outside Devon/Cornwall extra

Peter will bring his own kitchen, cooking equipment, ingredients and food. All you will need to provide is a suitable demonstration area and two 13-amp electrical supplies (and the students!).

A typical full day would be able to present up to six individual demonstrations, each lasting 20-30 minutes for a class of 30 pupils or longer demonstrations for a larger number of children. We therefore estimate being able to address at least 200 pupils in a full day, giving an approximate cost per pupil of £2.50. We can also tailor the specific offering to your school’s needs. The prices include the full cost of food and a recipe card for each pupil to take home.

To book Peter for your school, or to find out more about this programme please contact: either Tami Skelton or Dave Styles at