Denise Phillips is a Prue Leith trained chef who, during the 1990’s, ran a successful catering company but, since 2000, has focused on cookery writing and running a popular cookery school.
She is probably the foremost exponent of Jewish cooking in the UK and is known for modern adaptations of some of the more classic recipes and placing new twists on old favourites. Denise now has a number of weekly columns in the secular and the Jewish press both here and in the US including Jewish Press, Jewish Chronicle, Jewish News, Jewish Vegetarian Society, over 50 synagogue magazines, and the websites for Rakusens, Chevingtons Cheeses, Osem, Maxwell Williams and Great Food
Her books include The Book of Jewish Cooking (2002), Modern Jewish Cooking with Style (2003), New Flavours of the Jewish Table (2008 by Ebury Press), Jewish Mama’s Kitchen (2010 by Octopus) with a new book out Rosh Hashonah 2012!
With her extensive knowledge, friendly manner and excellent speaking voice Denise has made a number of appearances in the last year on radio including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio London, LBC Food Programme, as well as having her own show on J Com radio and ITV’s This Morning giving cookery demonstration and interview about chicken soup!
She is an active member of the Food Writers Guild.
As well as her writing, Denise also runs a popular cookery school from her own purpose built facility with regular classes covering everything from stylish desserts to everyday healthy main meals and all in her friendly, hands on style.
On Sunday nights, Denise runs “Date On A Plate” – a unique adaptation of her cookery courses where six single men and women learn to cook and then eat a full three course meal whilst meeting each and making new friends / relationships. “Hen On A Plate” is another variation offering fun filled evenings of cooking, learning and eating for pre-wedding parties.
Finally www.jewishcookery.com is Denise’s highly successful website, generating over 10,000 visits a month for her selection of recipes, advice and general food content and there is now an ‘app’ for iPhones and other smartphones enabling you to access over 300 recipes wherever you are.