Rosemary Shrager

© Lis Parsons

© Lis Parsons

Rosemary Shrager began her cookery career working for Pierre Koffmann at Chelsea’s La Tante Claire and Jean-Christophe Novelli, gradually discovering her passion and talent for teaching. Thus her cookery school at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle off the Scottish coast was born, and in 2003 she moved to Swinton Park, a beautiful castle hotel in North Yorkshire, where for nearly a decade her courses for home cooks were a huge hit.

Rosemary is the star of television series such as: Castle Cook (ROSEMARY CASTLE COOK, Adelphi Publishers) and Rosemary on the Road (both Channel Five), Ladette to Lady (ITV) and Rosemary, Queen of the Kitchen (Discovery). In 2007, her television career took a great leap forward when she became ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show’s resident cook and presented a 30-part RDF Television series Rosemary Shrager’s School for Cooks (ITV). A second series, for 2008, was commissioned immediately and a tie-in book ROSEMARY SHRAGER’S SCHOOL FOR COOKS was published by Dorling Kindersley, first in hardback and then as a paperback. Early in 2009, Rosemary Shrager and her talented team won ITV’s cookery challenge Taste the Nation and she presented Ladette to Lady with American and Australian contestants, in response to the popularity of the TV series in the USA (MTV) and Australia (Channel Nine). In 2010 Rosemary also bravely took to the high seas, sailing the waters of the British Isles filming a major ITV evening show All at Sea. Rosemary’s book, ABSOLUTELY FOOLPROOF CLASSIC HOME COOKING, was published by Octopus Publishing in 2011 and was quickly followed by ROSEMARY SHRAGER’S YORKSHIRE BREAKFASTS, published by Great Northern Books in October 2011.

Rosemary’s ABSOLUTELY FOOLPROOF FOOD FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS, was published by Octopus Publishing in September 2012, and the final in the series, ROSEMARY SHRAGER’S CAKES, BAKES & PUDDINGS, was published in April 2014. 

Rosemary’s latest book ROSEMARY SHRAGER’S COOKERY COURSE: 150 TRIED & TESTED RECIPES TO BE A BETTER COOK was published by BBC Books in 2018.

Since 2013, Rosemary has been running Rosemary Shrager Cookery School in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, swiftly followed in 2014 by Shrager’s Patisserie, selling all manner of delicious things.