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Rosemary Shrager's School for Cooks
Rosemary Shrager's School for Cooks
Rosemary Shrager's School for Cooks
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Colourful, passionate chef and Ladette to Lady star Rosemary Shrager hosts this knockout competition in which amateur cooks can develop their culinary skills with advice and guidance from Rosemary.

The show takes place in Rosemary's renowned cookery school in the stunning setting of Swinton Park in the Yorkshire Dales. Each week a group of aspiring amateur cooks will be coming to Rosemary's cookery school where they will be given the chance to show off their culinary credentials, tested against each other, taught new skills and put under pressure to see if they've got what it takes to make it in the demanding environment of a busy restaurant kitchen.

All the while they'll be closely watched and supervised by Rosemary, with her infectious enthusiasm, passionate know-how and demanding expectations.

Rosemary said:

"It's a wonderful thing to give people the opportunity to learn the finer techniques and methods of cooking so they can decide whether they'd like to pursue it as a career.

I hope that the programme will also inspire viewers to develop their culinary skills and become as passionate about cooking as I am.

It's been a real rollercoaster ride but I've had an incredible time and loved every minute of it!"

Ten contestants will take part each week, and they will be whittled down leaving one winner every week. These finalists will return in the last week and will spend three days in top Michelin starred restaurants where they will have to impress the chefs if they want to win a place in the final.

Rosemary and the restaurant chefs will then decide which three cooks deserve a place in the final.

The winner will be given the opportunity to work in one of Britain's top restaurants as a trainee chef.

Enjoy the delights of a cooking break at an exclusive luxury castle, Swinton Park, with Rosemary Shrager the celebrated TV chef who runs her programme of day and residential courses throughout the year from the Swinton Park cookery school. The courses cover a wide range of techniques and styles of cooking. The recipes for each day have a theme, and a wide range of complementary dishes are prepared.

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The following are examples of recipes you could enjoy making with Rosemary Shrager on one of her residential cookery courses:

Walnut and Rye Bread

Saffron Risotto with Parmesan Crisps

Apple and Pear Torte

Published 22 October 2007

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