Mary Berry is our Special Guest at Launch of Pre-School Cooking Classes

We were honoured to have food writer and television presenter, Mary Berry attend our Pre-School Cookery class Launch Party this week at the Christ Church Centre in Henley-on-Thames.

Mary watched seventeen youngsters as young as two take part in the pizza making session, helped by their mothers and staff.  They rolled dough into rectangles before topping it with tomato puree, oregano, cheese, peppers and olives.  They then rolled pizzas up and sliced them into sections which they took home to cook.  Mary said;

“I think that Smart Raspberry Cookery School is a brilliant idea. I started cooking with my grandchildren when they were very young.

“It’s good to get children to know where food comes from, to taste it and have a little go at everything.  It gives them confidence.  I was rubbish at Latin and Maths at school so I did domestic science. The first thing I ever made was a sponge pudding.  I took it home and my father said ‘its better than your mothers’!

“These lessons are very well constructed, with just the right amount of preparation.  Some of the children are only two but they can chop, roll out, mix and sprinkle.

“The children were all focused and they will be very proud of what they have done.  Alicia has trained all her teachers and they obviously have a great love of children”



Mary Berry is coming to our Pre-School Launch

We are launching NEW cookery classes for young cooks aged 2-5 years old with a parent helper

Tuesday Mornings @ The Christ Church Centre, Henley-on-Thames 

It’s never too early to start getting children involved in the kitchen but many parents understandably don’t know where to start. With a little help, children as young as 2 are extremely capable of making all sorts of delicious recipes in the kitchen.

By its very nature cooking is great fun for children.  Every class offers plenty of hands-on experience of preparing different dishes and having lots of fun in the process! As the children explore a variety of ingredients they will be encouraged to try new foods.  This is a great opportunity for parents with fussy eaters hoping to inspire their children to eat more fruit and veg and become less fussy at meal times.

Our launch party is on Tuesday 8th January with guest of honour Mary Berry.  Weekly classes start on Tuesday 15th January 2019.  Booking Required.

Book Here

Hear From Our Team

Why investing into a franchise opportunity at Smart Raspberry was the right career move for Asma, Gee, Melinda, Farhan & Yasmin


Asma, our Milton Keynes business owner first came across Smart Raspberry Cookery School whilst looking for a birthday party idea for her daughter, she says;

“Becoming a Smart Raspberry business owner was the best thing I ever did! I have always loved cooking with my daughter and she has developed a love of food as a result. So when I came across Smart Raspberry I soon realised this would be the perfect opportunity to start a business doing something that I loved whilst still looking after my family’s needs. What’s more, I get all the support I need from Alicia and the HQ team, which means I can   really build something that offers fantastic rewards.”

Gee, our Epping and Woodford business owner says;

“Cooking and food have always been major passions for me. My joy of cooking began in my grandmother’s kitchen preparing traditional dishes. I owned a catering company in London, specialising in Mediterranean cuisine, and managing events.  I relish the opportunity to teach with Smart Raspberry, if you love something it is instinctive to share it with others.”

Melinda, our Leighton Buzzard business owner says;

“I became the proud owner of the Smart Raspberry Cookery School franchise in Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable & Luton.  My original background was in catering; but even though I moved away from the food industry to work in retail management and then administration and training; I have always loved cooking and enjoy creating delicious dishes for friends and family.  Starting your own business is hard, but I have lots of support from the Smart Raspberry Head Office and I am doing something I love!  In the future I hope to grow my business by having another enthusiastic cook work with me, so that I can expand into more schools and start a Saturday Cookery School.”

Farhan and Yasmin, our West London business owners say;

“After signing the Franchisee document we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Two months down the line and we have fully booked After School Clubs, regular Weekend Classes and a range of different holiday workshops planned for the future. We have truly been blessed with a unique opportunity that has the potential to grow into an empire.”


If you want to find out more about the franchise opportunity please head over to our franchise page

Summer Holiday Cookery Workshops

Sign up for one of our fun-filled cookery workshops this summer. Get your children inspired to cook with some delicious recipes. All ingredients, cooking equipment and packaging are included.

Some of the culinary delights we will be making over the summer include…

Pasta Making, Cakes & Bakes, Picnic Food, Bread Making and a Three Course Meal

Please feel free to discuss with us any dietary or allergy requirements, as we’ll always try our best to accommodate those who might require alternative ingredients. Sibling discounts are available.

We will be running workshops in the following locations BeaconsfieldHenley-on-ThamesHigh Wycombe, Milton Keynes (Newport Pagnell & Aspley Guise), Leighton Buzzard (Toddington & Stewkley) and Epping & Woodford.

For more information or to book your child a place, please select your preferred location and you will be taken to our booking page. Alternatively, please give the office a call on 0845 269 2665.


We’re looking for enthusiastic people who love to cook and who are up for a challenge to join our fantastic team of teachers. We are currently recruiting for Smart Raspberry Cookery Teachers to help deliver our after school programmes in the Reading/ Wokingham, Henley, High Wycombe and Chesham/Amersham areas. 

All necessary training will be provided.

Smart Raspberry Cookery School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and checks with past employers.

Driving license is required, as will be travelling to different schools.

If you have a love for food and an aptitude for working with children please send us your CV and cover letter to


We’ve been nominated…

What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2017


Please vote for us in the What’s On 4 Kids National Awards 2017. It only takes a moment to complete your vote.

The categories we have been entered in are:

  • Best Franchised/Licensed Activity for Children aged 5 to 12
  • Best Franchised/Licensed Children’s Party Entertainment
  • Industry Champion of the Year

Closing deadline: 3rd July 2017 at 12pm

Click HERE to vote

Do a job you love, become a Smart Raspberry Franchisee

Smart Raspberry is one of the fastest growing children’s cookery schools in the UK, delivering a fun and distinctive learning programme through a network of professional franchisees.
We launched the business with one thing in mind – to inspire children to cook healthy, delicious food from scratch. Our franchisees and teachers are passionate about food and cooking and they take the task of teaching the next generation a vital life skill very seriously. But we are far from serious. In fact, we do all we can to find fun and exciting ways of teaching children to develop their own passion cooking, a love of food that sticks with them for life.
We currently teach thousands of children to cook across the country through after school clubs, workshops and parties. And as the demand continues to grows, we are delighted to say that we are now on the lookout for new Smart Raspberry franchisees with territories in Beds, Bucks and Herts available immediately at an affordable price. We need people who are passionate about cooking and looking for a way to build their own business doing something they love every day. Our franchise packages offer all the support you need to start your own business, based on a proven model that delivers fantastic results.
Take a look at our franchise page and see if you fit the bill to become the next Smart Raspberry in our recipe.

#meatfreeweek #realbreadweek and other foodie hashtags

It’s always great to see that there’s other people out there fighting to push food education to the forefront of the agenda and highlighting its importance within our society today. So let’s take a look at other groups of people out there and their campaigns to improve food policy and education, cos sometimes it’s good to know you’re not alone!

#1     JAMIE

Now hailed as a national treasure there are few others who have done more for this cause than “our” Jamie. May the 15th marks Food Revolution Day, this is a campaign to see compulsory practical food education back on the curriculum across the world. “By educating children about food in a practical, fun and engaging way, we can provide them with the knowledge and skills they so urgently need to lead healthier, happier lives.” well said Jamie, we couldn’t agree more! Sign the petition here.

#2      Nicole Pisani


|School Food Plan||Soil Association||Food for Life Partnership|

A woman after my own heart, Nicole Pisani left her job in Michelin starred Nopi in Soho and has taken up residency as chef for Gayhurst Community School in Hackney. Backed by the School Food Plan and the Soil Association’s Food for Life Partnership, Pisani aims to revolutionise the way we think about school lunches and the people that cook them. Read more about how Gayhust School and their new chef intend to make the kitchen an integral part of school life here.

#3 Childrens Food Trust


The Children’s Food Trust works with schools to improve children’s nutrition in the UK. They fight for improved standards for school meals and champion food education so that pupils can reach they’re full potential and go on to lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Keep up the good work I say!

#4 Sustain

Some of the biggest food policy campaigns in the country such as Real Bread Week, Better Hospital Food, FoodSaveSustainable Fish Cities and The Children’s Food Campaign have been set up by this alliance. All these amazing projects aim to improve food policy from the way it’s grown and produced to the restaurant industry itself; a more sustainable food system could improve our health, environment, animal welfare and our food culture as a whole. Good stuff all round.

#5 Meat Free Week

Endorsed by chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Mark Hix and Rachel Koo to name but a few, this movement makes us reevaluate our perceptions of meat being the main part of almost all our meals. Meat production is simply unsustainable at such high levels of demand and the pressure on the industry is only set to increase with an exploding population. Not only does this bring up questions regarding animal welfare but it’s also having a damaging impact on our health and our environment. Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall is another familiar face encouraging us to make the most of seasonal veg and become less dependent on there being meat at every meal time. This campaign has set everyone the challenge of going without meat for a whole week, do you think you could do it? Luckily here’s a few great recipe ideas to get you started.

Cookery Parties

Smart Raspberry Cookery School provides memorable and fun birthday parties. We have a wide variety of recipes for you to chose from to make and eat for your party tea. Here’s some of our favorite cupcakes from Smart Raspberry birthday parties.

Click here to find out more about the party packages we offer.




Let’s Get Cooking!

Our cookery school was set up with one thing in mind – inspiring children to cook healthy, delicious food from scratch.

Our team is made up of people passionate about food and cooking, who take the task of teaching the next generation a vital life skill very seriously, but we are by no means very serious people. Cooking should be fun, especially for children and we LOVE to share our enthusiasm with them. 

So we run cookery parties, clubs and classes during term time and workshops in the school holidays, Duke of Edinburgh courses and lots more. We teach basic cooking skills and inspiring an interest in food among children as young as 5 years old up to teenagers in their first years away from home.

We aim to introduce our students to a wide range of ingredients, encouraging them to try new things, and to provide them with the confidence to cook independently. The sense of achievement to be gained from cooking something from scratch is not to be underestimated.