Laura Tilbury has been a cookery tutor with GCDA since 2015. She works across Lewisham as tutor on the Be Inspired Lewisham cookery club programme and on other cooking projects for mental health, homeless and refugee groups. Laura tutors on GCDA’s Early Years practical nutrition programmes, ‘Nourishing Nippers’ for mums & babies starting solid food and ‘Fun with food’ for toddlers and their families.
Laura grew up in Devon where her family grew their own fruit and veg and raised chicken for eggs. She learnt to cook from scratch from a young age to help feed the family. She knows from experience that ‘Creativity and resourcefulness are essential skills when you don't always have all the ingredients to hand' – skills she is passing on to her own children!
Kathleen Tanoh is passionate about health, wellness and cooking. She is committed to sharing her knowledge with others to empower them to make lasting changes to their lifestyles. Kathleen has worked as a cookery tutor for GCDA since 2017 running online clubs and sessions.
She has embraced the online world with her own YouTube videos and at the moment she delivers our sessions over Zoom, and in the school holidays runs cookery sessions for children aged 5 – 15.
Kathleen thoroughly enjoys the work that she does as it combines two things she enjoys and passionate about, teaching and health.
She thinks that health is your wealth so it is important to invest well. She enjoys walking, being out in nature and spending time with her family sharing food, playing games, watching ‘Sherlock’!
Brian Emmons was born and brought up in South East London completing a Chef diploma at Lewisham College. After leaving college, his first chef job was at Escargot Restaurant in Greek street. Since then, his extensive catering experience has ranged from high-end restaurants to hospital catering and working on film sets and festivals.
Brian wanted to broaden his experience and decided to do more work in his community. He took on a job for Essex Care, working with people with mental and physical disabilities which he absolutely loved. This inspired him to do more community work and he has been working with GCDA for 11 years. Brian is now GCDA’s Chef Trainer.
In 2011 Brian lost most of his sight. At first, he thought it was going to restrict his working ability. But he hasn’t stopped and with GCDA’s support, Brian has continued to develop in his chef community role.
Brian delivers online and face to face cookery clubs, culinary skills courses, Knife skills courses
Radia Soulef Bacha is a cookery tutor at GCDA and runs classes in the boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich. Her journey started seven years ago when she was a participant on one of the cookery courses. She enjoyed it so much that she did the OCN training with GCDA to become a cookery club tutor and has never looked back, working regularly across all GCDA cookery clubs. Radia is passionate about cooking, food and nutrition. This has been even more since the pandemic began when she developed further health and nutrition skills and started to support her friends and family others to eat healthier and live happier.