Rosemary Shrager, Kent
English chef Rosemary Shrager is best known for being an haute cuisine teacher on network TV programme ‘Ladette To Lady’ and a professional judge on ‘Superstar Superchef’.
She is a highly accomplished chef, having trained with Pierre Koffmann at the famous Tante Claire restaurant, and was Head Chef at the 19th century Amhuinnsuidhe castle on the Isle of Harris, where she rose to fame hosting a popular television series ‘Castle Cook’. Offering our own recipe for practicality and good looks, we recently transformed work surfaces at Rosemary’s celebrated Cookery School and her nearby pastry shop.
Running a variety of full-day and weekend culinary courses and hosting exclusive Chef’s Table dining experiences, Rosemary’s Cookery School is located in the gourmet heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells, in the Lower Pantiles. Her French Patisserie is located nearby on the Upper Pantiles, serving a wide variety of cakes, light lunches and afternoon tea, as well as fine wines and champagne.
A brand new addition to the Cookery School is The Dining Room on the second floor, where Rosemary and Executive Chef John Rogers dazzle guests with exclusive dinner events. It also hosts private and corporate events and provides the setting for filming her TV food programmes.
This high traffic area needed high-end worktops that would withstand all the regular knocks, scrapes and stains of a professional kitchen, so Rosemary approached us about installing our extremely hardwearing and luxurious agglomerate materials. We were delighted to prove our worktops’ technical performance in such a distinguished commercial catering setting. Rosemary selected elegant, mottled grey quartz Pietra Serena surfaces for the Chef’s Table worktops and splashbacks, the oversized slabs enabling full widths to be installed with minimal joins and bonded edge pieces giving a pleasing impression of depth.
For the cookery school cloakrooms, Rosemary specified Black Sapphire granite floor tiles, quartz Polar Ice liners for refacing the tiled walls and elegant Subway Pearl rectangular glass mosaic tiles as feature panels. The non-porous and stain, scratch, impact and cigarette burn resistant qualities of these materials make them ideal for bathroom duties, whilst the ability to install these finishes over existing tiles and flooring kept washroom downtime to a minimum.
The same quick turnaround was again a bonus when the shop counters were refaced in the Patisserie, Rosemary opting once more for Pietra Serena. One working consideration was that the large commercial espresso machine had to be disconnected and removed by the suppliers, although our ‘top that fits on top’ technique allowed it to be reinstalled on the same day, losing minimum trading time.
Rosemary Shrager is delighted that our work surfaces and mosaic finishes are robust enough for commercial use, yet beautiful enough to enhance the existing decor and sufficiently quick to install that normal business continued with scarcely a break.