We were very excited to receive a personal invitation from Rosemary Shrager to visit her delightful cookery school. Nestled in the adorable Lower Pantiles, in Royal Tunbridge Wells her school is set in a beautiful three storey Regency building. Rosemary also has her elegant ‘Shrager’s Patisserie’ just across the square, with display windows filled with the most delicate pastries and cakes imaginable.
Rosemary’s infectious personality and passion for food was evident as we were taken on a guided tour. Unlike other cookery schools, this one has two very distinct functions; a shiny, high tech professional kitchen and a warm, chic domestic kitchen. We were particularly in awe of the array of state of the art baking kit pristinely sat waiting to be used!!
Rosemary has filled her cookery school with a fantastic team of skilled chefs and we were privileged enough to have a Chef’s Table prepared for us by Executive Chef, John Rogers.
The six course menu was indulgent and innovative, not to mention truly delicious!!!!! Each dish had been personally created just for us and was inspired by Billington’s unrefined sugar; from the wheaten bread starter, the refreshing halibut with cucumber and cheeky hints of mojito, right through to smoked duck with carrot and orange.
As we are of course baking mad, our favourite dish of the day had to be the dessert; a deconstructed Black Forest pudding, consisting a beautiful array of cherry and chocolate components.
The layout of the Chef’s table allowed us to watch each dish being cooked, assembled and meant that we could interact with John as well. He had used ingredients in such inspiring ways that we were just bursting to get back to our kitchen to try out what we had learnt.
Rosemary was the perfect host and we had a wonderful day out exploring her cookery school and tasting the great food on offer.
The cookery school is taking 2014 bookings for Chef Table experiences, One Day, Half Day and Masterclass courses. Further information can be found on www.rosemaryshrager.com
Rosemary will be appearing at the Cake & Bake Show 3-5 October at London’s Earls Court.