'I'm A Celeb' star Rosemary Shrager to open cookery school in Tunbridge Wells

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By kentsussex | Friday, November 16, 2012, 14:28

Rosemary Shrager - TV chef and the newest addition to the I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here jungle - is set to open up a new cookery school in Tunbridge Wells.

She has announced plans today to open the venture in The Corn Exchange on the Lower Pantiles from Spring 2013, with students accepted on one and two-day courses.

The scheme was created in collaboration with the Marquess of Abergavenny - who bought the Lower Pantiles earlier this year and is keen to revive its fortunes.

Rosemary's spokesman said: 'Rosemary has fallen in love with The Pantiles - and looks forward to working with the local business community to put it on the map as a tourist destination for gourmets. 

'There are already many elements that will attract food fans to the area - regular farmers markets, The Pantiles Food Festival, one of the South-East's biggest cookware shops and numerous bars and restaurants.''

Ahead of the Cookery School launch, the newly refurbished Tunbridge Wells Hotel, formerly The Swan, will be opening this month (November). 

Owned by Julian Leefe-Griffiths – known for his local gastro-pubs The Black Pig (in Tunbridge Wells) and George and Dragon (in Speldhurst) – the hotel will incorporate two eateries - La Boucherie and Brasserie des Sources. 

Both will have a strong leaning towards local and seasonal produce. Rosemary and Julian have already cooked up a deal to offer discount accommodation rates at the hotel to students booking her courses.

Rosemary said: 'I absolutely love Tunbridge Wells, so it's all very exciting. There's so much potential here, and because The Pantiles is already a destination it's the ideal venue for the school and all the more reason for people to come for a cookery course and stay a few days more. 

'With the many excellent local food producers and suppliers, great farmer's markets and even a food festival held on my doorstep, I can't wait to be a part of the vibrant food community here.'

Owner of the Lower Pantiles, The Marquess of Abergavenny has known Rosemary for many years and was keen to encourage her move to The Pantiles. 

'Rosemary's Cookery School is key to our development plans for the future of the Lower Pantiles,' says the Marquess. 

'Most of our energies over the past nine months (since acquisition) have been focussed on restoring the buildings and giving the Lower Pantiles a much needed fresh coat of paint.

'Now, with Rosemary on board, we can look toward filling the space with more people and businesses that are likely to be a draw,' he says. 

WHO IS ROSEMARY SHRAGER?

Rosemary Shrager's passion for food started in childhood and remains as strong today. She has worked with some of the world's top chefs including Pierre Koffmann and Jean-Christophe Novelli and has spent the last six years running the cookery school at Swinton Park, ranked among the top 10 cookery schools in the country, according to The Independent, The Observer and The Times.

To date, Rosemary has written five popular cookbooks. Her latest release, Rosemary Shrager's Absolutely Foolproof Food for Family & Friends, published by Hamlyn, is one of The Times' Top 40 Cookbooks of 2012.

Rosemary appears regularly on TV in the UK, USA and Australia, and right now she can be seen daily on ITV's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. 

Other TV appearances include: School for Cooks, Ladette to Lady, Market Kitchen, All At Sea, Royal Upstairs Downstairs and Taste The Nation. Rosemary is also a regular feature of The Alan Titchmarsh Show. 

More info can be found at www.rosemaryshrager.com or by following her @rosemaryshrager on Twitter. 

Cookery School courses can be booked by phoning 0845 470 7740 or emailing school@rosemaryshrager.com

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