About us

Expert home cook Judy Walker began The Secret Ingredient in 2011."I have many years of cooking experience, have attended courses at the famous Betty’s Cookery School in Harrogate, the Bertinet Kitchen in Bath and the prestigious Ashburton Cookery School in Devon, I am a fully trained EVERHOT and AGA demonstrator, teach at Linnels Farm Cookery School in Hexham, have demonstrated at the Living North Christmas Fair in Newcastle and have been a judge at the Great Taste awards. I hold the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Award in Food Safety in Catering Level 2.


Producing and sharing good, home-cooked food with friends and family is one of the most enjoyable experiences I know of. Many people avoid entertaining because they don’t have the expertise to produce a three course meal. Others get stressed when they have visitors to stay for Christmas or Easter and no time to prepare lots of fancy food. Our aim at the Secret Ingredient is to show you how to create tasty food that is easy to prepare and looks great.


See what the Newcastle Journal newspaper had to say about The Secret Ingredient:http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-taste/news-and-features/2012/10/12/dynamic-hexham-duo-cook-up-a-storm-gallery-61634-32013065/