After many years as a safari chef, running her own kitchen, as well as working consultant chef for some of Kenya’s top lodges and camps, Antonia Stogdale finally realized her dream of opening a little cookery school in the bush on the slopes of Mount Kenya.

Antonia’s flair and passion for cooking comes from her mother, a successful restauranteur and chef. She went on to train as a chef at the renowned Leith’s School of Food and Wine and more recently at Ashburton Chefs Academy.

With the idyllic backdrop of the Mt Kenya forest, the aim was to create a place where budding chefs and cooking enthusiasts can learn the artistry and alchemy of cooking. A place to master techniques and to encourage a holistic approach to food and catering, as well as gain a good knowledge of food safety and food nutrition.

On an Antonias Kitchen course, you will learn unique techniques and trade secrets to carry off recipes with creative confidence and flair, all the while not wasting anything.

Antonia’s Kitchen is ‘fusion cuisine’ combining elements of different culinary traditions. It is a blend of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Pan Asian and Swahili cuisine.

It is healthy, light and focuses hugely on flavour, colour and texture, while as using local, seasonal, ethically sourced ingredients.

Food safety is a major part of all courses. Students have the opportunity to gain a qualification in this as well as in culinary skills.

Principal techniques taught:
• Food safety, storage, health, hygiene,
• Food nutrition – dietary requirements, gut nutrition
• Waste nots – how to safely and efficiently upcycle food & not waste anything from the ‘Nose to tail’ of the ingredient.
• Portion control & lowering food costs
• Menu-planning
• Stocks, sauces and soups
• Preparation of meat, fish and vegetables
• Bakery and pastry – breads, cakes and puddings
• Creative food presentation

Chef Tutors – The chef tutors are accomplished professionals with a wealth of catering experience between them. When not working at the school, they cook for high end luxury mobile safaris.

They are renowned for delivering an outstanding level of cookery training that will inspire, and they are the reason why students keep coming back time and again.

Head Chef Tutor – Beatrice Wanjiro is a hugely talented yet unassuming chef and teacher known throughout Kenya. She has been working alongside Antonia since 2008 catering for top clients on safari with Africa Born and Ker & Downey, as well as training chefs from Kenya’s top luxury lodges.

Chef Tutor – Junior Savayi Lungatso has worked as head chef in high end camps and mobile safaris around Kenya for the last 19 years. As well as a great deal of experience, he has endless patience and the most encouraging mega smile to fuel any nervous students with confidence.

Courses Available
Safari chefs
• Level 1
• Level 2
• Level 3

Home cooks
• Beginner
• Intermediate
• Advanced

Course Details
We take up to 6 chefs per course, for either a one- week course (seven consecutive days) or a two-week course.

Each course is designed to suit the specific student/ group or lodge

7 – day course:
 40,000 /- ($400) per student per week
14 – day course: 80,00 ($800) per student for two weeks
Accommodation and food: 5000 /- ($50) per week

GAP year course: (2 weeks) 50,000 /- ($500) per week: $1000 per course

Cooking with friends: dinner party & canapes: $500 per week

Weekend courses available for those who would like to learn how to throw a dinner party in a cool, calm and collected way while enjoying the food, wine and company of friends! Two-day course $250 per person

There is accommodation available for these last 3 courses are in luxury safari tents = 5000 /- ($50) per day)

All Students will be given a booklet with all recipes covered in the course. All equipment, aprons, as well notebooks, pens are provided. As well as the chance to take home copy of the Antonia’s Kitchen Cookbook ($25)

To get a taste of the food, style and vibe of Antonia’s Kitchen, join us for one of our pop up lunches the School.
Contact Antonia for details of the next lunch: +254 727 049 489

If students are unable to attend a course at the school due to being in full time employment at a lodge or camp, then Antonia’s kitchen also offers food consultation as well as in-house training.

Please email Antonia direct for details about food consultation; food safety, kitchen make overs: Lowering food costs & redesigning menus & systems.