Hello, I'm Tim M.

I am a private chef, writer, cookery teacher and presenter now living in Scotland. I’ve been into food from an early age, spending much of my childhood on the family farm in Wiltshire, gleaning a close understanding of farming and fostering a love of the great British countryside, wild food and quality produce which forms the cornerstone of how I think about food today. Over the course of my career, I’ve had the privilege to work with such culinary luminaries as Fergus Henderson, Alistair Little, Marco Pierre White and Mark Hix, as well as a stint managing VIP catering for the Ferrari F1 team in Europe. A return to my roots saw me lead the team at River Cottage Axminster, where I regularly appeared alongside Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on both the River Cottage series on Channel 4 and the Fish Fight campaign. I continue to indulge my interest in broadcasting with occasional appearances on various foodie shows, such as Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and BBC Food and Drink. www.timmaddams.com instagram: @tim_maddams twitter: @TimMaddamsChef

My classes (38)

Reviews from participants (50)

  • Ali H

    Great fun and a lovely way to learn new skills, I would never have thought about making hummus using roasted carrots but it’s now going to be a regular in my kitchen it was absolutely gorgeous! I love the way Tim shares his knowledge and the fact that alternatives to the ingredients are mentioned again widening my repertoire of skills and recipes. I have to say that the Parsnip and Apple Martini cocktail was one of my favourites and I’ve tried a few ! Thanks Tim!

    Ali HFebruary 2021

  • KC

    What an exciting class, some new and useful techniques from Tim matched with his unique recipe for a marmalade martini, fabulous. Definitely my new favourite cocktail.

    Kim CFebruary 2021

  • NC

    Excellent class; very well presented and great fun.

    Nick CFebruary 2021

  • JF

    Not only a great way to start the weekend, I discovered a new great cocktail and cooked squid for the 1st time which was very tasty

    James FFebruary 2021

  • Nerys H

    Loved the class thank you. Tim was welcoming and very informative. The cocktail was amazing and had to make a few more by the end of the evening and the squid delicious! Thank you :)

    Nerys HFebruary 2021

  • KC

    Excellent class. Fabulous teaching, great experience and did I mention how good the cocktail was 🍸🍸?

    Kim CFebruary 2021

  • LD

    Great fun - lovely people - plenty of time for chat and banter. And, as always, I learned new tips and tricks (who knew an ice cube could clean the inside of an Aga lid?!). Looking forward to next week already.

    Louise DFebruary 2021

  • KC

    If you are thinking of taking a cookery class and don't know where to start try this one. It's fun, informative and I have learnt so much. As a bonus Tim has an encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails, their origins and how to make a perfect one! 🍸🍹

    Kim CJanuary 2021

  • Sue S

    Another fun evening learning a new dish - surprisingly a tasty tapas with aubergine - not my favourite vegetable but the cheesey nibbles turned out great! Another refreshing cocktail to add to my list of drinks.

    Sue SJanuary 2021

  • KC

    This works so well! I always like the idea of aubergine but never know what to do with them, so tasty, so simple when you know how! and perfect match to another exceptional cocktail 🍸. A fun evening as always with some new skills learnt whilst enjoying a fab cocktail, what's not to like!

    Kim CJanuary 2021

  • GN

    Great fun as always. So lovely to learn new skills, with the ability to show your progress, and ask the chef questions at every step. Would highly recommend!

    Georgina NJanuary 2021

  • DT

    Another great recipe idea. Added a bit of additional fun and interest by smoking my own duck breast before hand - delish! The cocktails are too enjoyable!

    Darrell TJanuary 2021

  • KC

    Awesome class, thought I would struggle with the the dough element but it all came together just like Tim said and the results were amazing. My official taster said it was the best tapas and cocktail so far. Will definitely make this again - a lot! I would heartily recommend this class to anyone wanting to learn some skills and have some fun along the way.

    Kim CJanuary 2021

  • FM

    Tapas and tails on a Friday evening has cheered us up so much over these past months. I love the informal atmosphere and it’s so nice to see the same faces as well as new participants from around the country all there enjoying the same thing. What we end up preparing is always so good too. It never fails to get our weekend off to a great start.

    Fiona MJanuary 2021

  • DT

    A refreshing take on traditional brandade - definitely a recipe to keep for future reference.

    Darrell TJanuary 2021

  • KC

    excellent class with a fabulous cocktail to match. love the way Tim includes everyone and is such a fountain of (sometimes random) knowledge. We've had a really tough few months, I'm sure we are not the only ones but this is an hour a week when we step into a different world, have a laugh, smile and make some tasty food, a delicious cocktail and learn some new skills. I would recommend to anyone.

    Kim CJanuary 2021

  • JC

    Great fun with Tim as always. Fabulous tapa and the best cocktail so far! Such a good end to the week and start for the weekend. Love it!

    Joanne CDecember 2020

  • KC

    I say this every week but one of my favourite recipes so far! A delicious cocktail and wonderful tiny scotch eggs. I have already used the tips learnt to make them again. They were so popular with the family I only just got time to take a quick photo. Friday evenings with Tim have become a family event in our household! I would recommend to anyone.

    Kim CDecember 2020

  • FM

    Another great tapas and tails with Tim! The scotched quails eggs were delicious and it was great to get tips for making different versions of them. We loved the ketchup and are looking forward to experimenting with different vegetables too. The cocktail was so lovely and Christmassy - think we’ll be making another one over Christmas! :-)

    Fiona MDecember 2020

  • RB

    We had a really fun time! Creating a lovely dish that we have always enjoyed but never made. And the cocktail - yum!!

    Rosie BNovember 2020

  • CR

    Really great fun! Tim makes sure everyone is involved and the recipes are yummy. Highly recommend.

    Charlotte RNovember 2020

  • KC

    Tim has such a talent for teaching without you even realising you are learning. I am so impressed each week by the flavour combinations and how much flavours are enhanced by the tips I'm learning. Above all Tim's classes are great fun.

    Kim CNovember 2020

  • DT

    Definitely do both the Involtini Pheasant Breast and the Expresso Martini again - Delicious and moorish!

    Darrell TNovember 2020

  • FM

    Another great start to the weekend with Tim. Such good fun - the pheasant breast involtini was delicious as the expresso martini was moreish .. hic. :-)

    Fiona MNovember 2020

  • KC

    Tim's classes get better and better. Each week I think it's my favourite class then the following class surpasses expectations. I love the tips and new recipes I'm learning and would thoroughly recommend them to anyone.

    Kim CNovember 2020

  • JD

    Wow. The pheasant breast involtini was absolutely delicious. Cannot wait to cook some more. Wasn't particularly looking forward to the Espresso Martini cocktail, but once tasted I totally changed my mind. A great evening again. Thanks

    John DNovember 2020

  • Carole C

    Another brilliant Friday evening cook along, great experience and really enjoyable food and drink, highly recommend giving it a try Cxx

    Carole CNovember 2020

  • LD

    Another enjoyable and humourous Friday evening with Tim. Loved the little pancakes topped with caviar; I also did some with home cold-smoked trout. You always learn something - this week it was how to make your own soured cream! Simples!

    Louise DNovember 2020

  • Sue S

    Another Friday night of fun & a great start to the weekend. We loved cooking the leeky rarebit and making the warming cider & gin cocktail, which we will be having both again! Ideal for this time of year.

    Sue SNovember 2020

  • Martyn H

    Great Leeky chilli rarebit & A warm Dog's nose Tim. Recommend this 1hr session with Tim, there is a good attendance and you learn all the tips Tim has to make your cooking even better. So sign up now and give it a go.

    Martyn HOctober 2020

  • Sue S

    Another fun Friday night session with Tim. A very relaxed way to share cooking skills and stories with other likeminded cooks in your own kitchens. Few ingredients and new dishes to cook & drinks to make and enjoy on the night which are delicious and easy enough to remember the recipe to make again!

    Sue SOctober 2020

  • Sue S

    A fun way to start the weekend. Easy to book onto the session, clear list of ingredients & equipment required. A first time for me using Miso paste & will be using it again. Picked up some great cooking tips too.Cocktail refreshing & chicken skewers tasty. Will be making both again.

    Sue SOctober 2020

  • LR

    Brilliant “happy hour “ last night making a White Lady, Gin, Cointreau, Lemon what’s not to like! I will certainly make the miso chicken again it was delicious and so easy. Looking forward to next week already Tim.

    Lesley ROctober 2020

  • FM

    Another great start to the weekend with Tim. The devilled eggs were so good as were the Bloody Mary’s!

    Fiona MSeptember 2020

  • Ali H

    Great fun and I’ve never tasted either Devilled Eggs or a Bloody Mary that was as good as these last night. Another few things to add to my repertoire ! Thanks Tim, lovely to see you and thanks for the mentoring !

    Ali HSeptember 2020

  • KC

    I really enjoyed Friday's class, my favourite cocktail so far. Very easy drinking. The tips on cooking scallops were very useful, perfectly cooked scallops and amazing flavour. So far I have recreated all the recipes I've learnt on my own and been really pleased with the results. Tim is an excellent teacher, I've learnt loads and you have such a great time you don't even realise there's a lesson happening at the same time. I would really recommend Tapas and 'Tails It's such a fun way to end a stressful week and begin your weekend.

    Kim CSeptember 2020

  • LR

    Great fun last night making a delicious cocktail and scrumptious scallops it felt very indulgent. A good way to start the weekend.

    Lesley RSeptember 2020

  • LF

    What a wonderful experience! I am new to Tim's classes and as a very shy person I felt very welcomed and included. Also, I didn't have all the ingredients for the cocktail so I only participated in the tapas making which was so delicious. I can't wait to join the class again.

    Louise FSeptember 2020

  • LD

    As always, a very enjoyable and entertaining Friday evening - delicious tapa and a lovely cocktail.

    Louise DAugust 2020

  • LD

    Another brilliant Friday evening! Those onion rings were better than anything we had ever tasted and the Americano not too potent compared to previous weeks. I'll definitely be joining again next week - it's such a fun way to round off the week.

    Louise DAugust 2020

  • GN

    This was such a fun class! Tim was so lovely, as were all the other participants. It was great to learn something new, and the end result was delicious! Will definitely be booking again.

    Georgina NAugust 2020

  • KC

    super informative evening which ended with a delicious cocktail as well as amazing tapas. I love learning the little tips that make it all come together so perfectly and in such a fun atmosphere.

    Kim CAugust 2020

  • Cr

    Another incredible class with Tim, great fun and as always lots of great tips and amazing food.

    Charlotte rAugust 2020

  • KC

    My new favourite cocktail! and a food I now love even though I thought I hated it. I love learning how to cook without realising I am learning things. Thank you!

    Kim CAugust 2020

  • LD

    As always, excellent fun on a Friday evening. The anchovy tapa was very tasty and something that could largely be done in advance for a party. The Moscow Mule was delicious!

    Louise DAugust 2020

  • Ali H

    Great fun, lovely end to the week too. I took a photo which I’d be happy share, great tasting anchovy toast and I’ve found my new favourite cocktail. Love the way we’re adding to our repertoire of quick snacks to impress and on this occasion it was using things I already had in the cupboard!! Thanks Tim, see you next week!

    Ali HAugust 2020

  • FM

    Another great start to the weekend! The dumplings were fun to make and really tasty. Love the relaxed but informative cook-a-long style.

    Fiona MAugust 2020

  • BG

    Loved it!! Will make both the quesadillas and the margarita again. Great fun way to start the weekend.

    Barry GJuly 2020

  • PR

    If possible, this was probably the best Tapas and Tails session! I love Margaritas and I think that this was the finest I have tasted! The quesadillas were delicious - I ended up making a second batch as our kids just devoured them!

    Philip RJuly 2020

  • PR

    Great fun again. Really good start to the weekend. I think the cocktail was one of the best yet! It would be all too easy to have too many! Tapas was exceptional - can't wait until next Friday!

    Philip RJuly 2020

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