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Meet the Team


Find out about the team who keep our London cooking school running on a daily basis. 

 

Hannah Birch - Corporate Events Manager

Passionate about food and wine, Hannah has made it her life’s work to be at the centre of events. After managing successful food pop-ups at music and sporting festivals, Hannah joined Majestic Wine where she earned her Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3, qualification. But missing the buzz of masterminding dynamic social experiences, Hannah jumped at the chance to join Cactus Kitchens in 2015. She is now in her element devising original events and working with companies such as Samsung, Disney and Brooklyn Brewery to name a few.

Millie Simpson - Chief Home Economist and Tutor

Millie arrived at Cactus TV as an ambitious 18-year old. After learning the ropes on Richard & Judy and Saturday Kitchen Live, she became a TV freelancer. Always a keen cook, work on food-focused productions including the Roux Scholarship and travelling the country in a kitchen on wheels for Ten Mile Menu, persuaded Millie to become a full-time foodie. Hired as a kitchen porter at the launch of Cactus Kitchens, Millie was soon Chief Home Economist. Ever curious about food, she particularly loves working with and learning from her Roux chef colleagues. She also enjoys ice-cream, playing the drums, movies and photography.

 

 

Kate Reece - Head of Happiness

A background in high-end customer service positions, an interest in food, especially cheese and red wine, and a love of making people happy made Kate the ideal candidate for Head of Happiness. When our customers are happy, Kate’s happy. Art History graduate and culture lover Kate’s favourite pastimes are visiting London’s newest restaurants and wine bars and feasting on the treasures in the city’s galleries and museums (her favourite is the V&A where she was once employed).

 

Gemma Stoddart - Home Economist

After trying her hand at various jobs, Gemma decided to turn her passion for cooking into a career. Besides working at Cactus Kitchens, Gemma is also a home economist for Saturday Kitchen Live, food stylist and recipe writer. She enjoys swimming, feeding people and dancing in living rooms. 

 

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