Company Directory / Cook Trading Limited

Business Description

"COOK was founded in 1997 by Edward Perry and Dale Penfold, who had the mad idea of trying to cook and sell frozen ready meals that would be made like you would at home. In March 1997 they opened a small shop in Farnham, Surrey selling hand-prepared, frozen food. They dreamed of being the world’s best-ever maker of ready meals – and of doing business differently from the crowd.
Our founding statement was: to cook using the same ingredients and techniques a good cook would use at home, so everything looks and tastes homemade.
We've grown to have more than 80 shops around the country, with a big kitchen in Kent and a puddings kitchen in Somerset (you’re welcome to visit both). It’s been a bumpy ride at times and in the depths of the recession we came very close to losing our cherished independence.
It’s taken a while but we’re starting to realise our dream of creating a remarkable food business that’s a force for good in society. In 2013 we became one of the UK’s first certified B Corporations, part of a global movement committed to a better way of doing business. The people of COOK have voted us one of the very best companies to work for. While we’re far from perfect, we’re trying hard. Throughout, we’ve stuck by our founding statement with Edward and Dale leading the way. When you don’t have the time, inclination or, dare we say, talent… we COOK so you don’t have to.


Registered Address

The Cook Kitchen
Eurolink Way
ME10 3HH

Contact Details

Previous Names

COOK FOOD LIMITED 2004-09-23 - 2004-10-18
COOK TRADING LIMITED 2002-12-06 - 2004-09-23

Key Data

Company Number
Private Limited Company
Company Age
17 years
December 6, 2002
Nature of Business
10890 - Manufacture of other food products n.e.c.
Year End
March 31
Accounts Due
March 31, 2021
Latest Accounts
March 31, 2019

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