“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” -Julia Child

A proud American from Seattle, I have always loved Julia Child and the wider meaning of her quoted ‘what-the-hell’ attitude is what got me where I am today.


I love good food, community and grassroots work and I’ve got quite a few pans in the proverbial work fire. I focus mainly on teaching, food writing and food sustainability development. You can also find me behind the stove cheffing my heart out because the bottom line is – I love to feed people.

I teach private cooking lessons to clients all over from London to Seattle,  at risk, previously homeless and special needs students with behavioural issues for city councils and charities in London, and at my alma mater Leith’s School of Food and Wine.

For the past year and a half, I worked as the Food Writer, Sustainability Manager and Kitchen Coordinator for the Gladwin Brothers who own The Shed,  Rabbit and Nutbourne and now do the same type of work on a freelance basis for clients.

That sums up my bread and butter, but I like jam too… so I also work with The Junior League to empower and develop the potential of women from all walks of life on both food and non-food related projects.

Needless to say, I have quite a full plate – but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I believe the best food tastes homemade but better and that one eats with their eyes first. I gain inspiration from my travels, local outings, history and art. Though I yearn for the countryside, I live in a big city with every food you could wish for – an amazing local butcher Flock and Herd and a fantastic veg box delivered to my door. I am a very happy cook!

I hope you enjoy the recipes, writing and photography you find here on my blog. Please get in touch for lessons, recipe writing, sustainability development and private catering and see below for more info.


Twitter: @MagsRayfield
Instagram: @MagsMakes


Private Cooking Lessons start at £120 for per person from three hours long and are taught in your own home. Tell me what you want to learn! I teach kids, teens and adults.

Example courses are Italian Cooking (fresh pasta, fish preparation, lemon tartlettes), Handmade Pasta and Gnocchi (tagliatelle, gnocchi, orecchiette), Knife Skills (veg, poultry, fish), Healthy Whole Foods (Ottolenghi style dishes), Beginner Sauces (beurre blanc, hollandaise, beurre noisette – served with fish).

Private Catering – dinner parties, canapes and picnics with seasonal, sustainable menus.

All services are customised – together we come up with a menu and plan to make your event a success! I can offer advice on wine and beer pairings to complete the package. Expect seasonal, sustainable recipes made with (wherever possible) organic and free-range produce. Picnics are provided with eco bamboo cutlery.

A little note on pricing – all work is bespoke and so it’s impossible to hold a set price list. Each quote is worked out individually according to your budget and needs.