All Team Members

Patti Sloley

Patti was born and educated in Ghana, and has spent the last 23 years living with her family in the UK. She regularly uses African ingredients and has the cultural credibility and skills to speak with authority on her recipes and techniques. She is lively, bubbly with a pleasant personality, very enthusiastic and passionate about the things she loves and…

Pamela Chen

Pamela grew up in Taiwan but has lived her entire adult life in the UK, with the last 14 years in the beautiful Cotswolds. As a child, Pamela’s mum could never keep her out of the kitchen; since she got her own kitchen, she has been in her elements! For over 20 years, Pamela’s British family and friends were captivated…

Natasha Brown

Born and raised in Greater Manchester. At eighteen Natasha began a ceramics course in Bath and after 3 years acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree. She went on to study a post graduate certificate of education which provided her with the skills to teach. Natasha taught Art to school children in Africa and the UK for fifteen years. Now living…

Michael Harrison

CHEF Mike Harrison has earned his reputation through a career spanning almost 30 years both here in the UK and abroad. As he worked and travelled throughout California, Canada and the British Isles he developed and perfected his skills and talents to create a truly innovative dining experience using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Michael’s restaurant “Michaels“ gained the prestigious “Lancashire…

Manju Malhi

The Novelli Academy is pleased to be associated with Indian home cooking expert Manju Malhi who compliments the list of resident chefs hosting fantastic Academy days. Drawing on her past and combining it with the realities of urban Western life, Manju has come up with her own unique style of Indian home food. She won the BBC’s Food and Drink…

Felice Tocchini

Born in Tuscany, Felice got his first job in catering at the age of six. His parents took on a village bar and it was Felice’s job to make coffee which he loved. At fourteen, he took a three-year cookery course at the Ferdinando Martini Catering College in Montecatini Terme, honing his skills working in the kitchens of Italy’s top…

Aneesh Popat

Jean-Christophe is extremely pleased to announce a new resident chef to the Academy for 2015, Aneesh Popat, Chocolatier and Asian Vegetarian aficionado. Voted amongst the 1000 most influential Londoners 2013, award winning chocolatier Aneesh Popat has showcased his creations at Michelin starred restaurants and to Royalty. Born in Britain and Indian by heritage, Aneesh has fused his mastery of Eastern…

Jean-Christophe Novelli

Jean-Christophe Novelli is a 5 AA Rosette and Michelin award winning chef, who is also dubbed “the nation’s favourite French Chef”. He began his exciting career at the age of fourteen as a baker in his home town of Arras, Northern France, before becoming private Head Chef to Elie de Rothschild in Paris at the age of 19. Jean-Christophe’s life…