The Tutor:

Jo Dunbavin:


Jo has a City and Guilds Professional Cook qualification. She has cooked all her life, learning from her Mum and Grandmother, and worked for an outside caterer from age 11 during weekends and evenings. Jo worked as the Marketing Manager for a large firm of solicitors in Bristol before returning to North Devon to run her own outside catering business, trading as Kitchen Wizardry. Jo undertook large and small events from dinner parties to weddings and provided food for business accounts, local firms and medical surgeries.

More recently, Jo has, as part of a team, founded and continues to support a charity which assists North Devon families with very sick children and the Caroline Thorpe Children's Ward at North Devon District Hospital. The Charity is Care for Kids North Devon. Jo has used her catering and event management experience to run fundraisers for Care for Kids and other Charities.

Jo has four children, and so juggles running the family and home, businesses and event managment with cooking family meals and inspiring her children to cook interesting, healthy dishes. So far so good! Jo's children have favourites - including Aubergine Parmigiana and all spicy food, which demonstrates that perseverance in introducing new flavours and ingredients pays off. Jo's youngest child is Amy, aged 11. Amy loves olives, peppers, butternut squash, mushrooms and much, much more! She adores cooking and makes cake, bread and yummy things almost every day with Jo for family suppers, or just for fun.

Jo has created Two Tarts Cookery School for Kids to use her cooking expertise in a fun, educational environment. She is always enthusiastic and brings this enthusiasm to her teaching, always happy to help someone gain confidence or have a go in order to encourage their ability and confidence in the kitchen. Jo is passionate about cooking as a fantastic skill to have for life, as a way of best looking after ourselves and to help with finding the "feel good" factor in and out of the kitchen! In her past role as a professional caterer, as a mum using food as a tool to assist two of her boys with dyslexia to provide the best possible platform for learning.

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