If we speak about vivacious and ebullient chefs of today from whom we can learn much, Rosemary Shrager is number one in the list. If we speak about a culinary talent, a dedication, limitless enthusiasm and a passion for food, she is again the first chef to point out. Rosemary Shrager, a chef, a super star of numerous culinary series and an enthusiastic and talented teacher now gives lessons in the Swinton Park culinary school, the best hotel in Yorkshire.
Rosemary has starred in a Discovery Home series in the US, called Rosemary Queen of the Kitchen. She also starred in an ITV series, called Ladettes to Ladies, as the vice principal and cookery teacher of a finishing school with a difference. All series were a huge success, among which Ladettes to Ladies has been regarded as a super hit for spectators of all ages. New series of Ladettes to Ladies are expected to be filming soon.
Perhaps, the most intriguing thing in her successful carrier of chef, series star and teacher, is that Rosemary Shrager is mostly a self-taught cook, whose genuine talent and constant aspiration for perfection has led her to become extremely professional and widely recognized. She has worked for and gained respect from chefs, including Pierre Koffman and Jean-Christophe Novelli. She wrote the book "Castle Cook" that has an honored position among many hundreds of cookbooks.
Practicing in traditional and modern European cuisine, her dishes are inspired by Scottish influences, and in the cookery book you can come across such delicacies as Smoked Haddock Tartare, Saddle of Rabbit with the Chicken Mousse and Black Pudding, Umbrian Duck (preserved duck, served thinly sliced) and Medallions of Venison with the Spinach and Morel Sauce.
In 2003, Rosemary Shrager moved her cookery school from Amhuinnsuidhe Castle on the Hebrides to the Swinton Park. Her school at the Amhuinnsuidhe Castle on the Hebrides has been voted one of the top ten cookery schools in the UK by several publications (The Observer - October, 2001; House and Garden - May, 2002; and The Independent August - 2004). Rosemary Shrager's cookery school at the Swinton Park has been named the Good Food Magazine's Cookery School of the Month in the November, 2003, issue of the magazine.
The Swinton Park cookery school is housed on the ground floor of the redesigned and refurbished Georgian stables, which overlook the castle turret and beautiful parkland. The school is perfectly designed for cooking classes: it is light and airy throughout, finished in style and exquisite taste as every detail of decor in the Swinton Park Hotel. The demonstration kitchen has been designed to the highest specification with equipment from top brand companies, including Neff, LaCanche, Magimix, Le Creuset, Apilco, The Pasta Company, ICTC, Furi knives, Mermaid and Cookware UK.
The four acre walled garden behind the hotel is filled with fruit, vegetables and herbs, providing a wide array of fresh ingredients for the hotel and school kitchens. A relaxed atmosphere, outdoor seating and beautiful views of the cookery school accompany inspiring lessons of Rosemary Shrager and arouse even more enthusiasm among her pupils.