••• You’re here because you want to do something special for

you and family and friends. •••

  • Graduate Diploma (Honours), La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, Parma Italy, 2010

  • Member, CCFCC (Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks) 

Martin Aller-Stead - Teaching Chef 

••• My three passions are helping people learn and apply new skills; supporting Slow Food principles; and exploring this amazing country of ours in our motorhome. •••

SkilPad Cooks is here to help you meet your goals through our time working and learning together!

  • BA (Honours) History, English, and Music, University of British Columbia 

  • Graduate Diploma and Professional Teaching License, UBC School of Community Education 

  • Graduate Diploma (Honours), Italian Cuisine, George Brown Chef School, 2010

Let me introduce myself …

What is SkilPad Cooks’ Philosophy?

Everyone can learn to

be a good cook.

Be adventurous and willing to try almost anything ...

and ensure you’re able to forgive yourself the occasional result that does not live up to hopes or expectations. Every good cook needs to do this.


It takes interest, well-chosen ingredients, time, practice, and good basic tools. 

Everyone can learn to be a good cook. It takes interest, well-chosen ingredients, time, practice, and good basic tools. SkilPad Cooks is here to help you meet your goals through our time working and learning together!


You’re here because you want to do something special for you and family and friends. Be adventurous and willing to try almost anything ... and ensure you’re able to forgive yourself the occasional result that does not live up to hopes or expectations. Every good cook needs to do this.


SkilPad Cooks