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The Hadlow Group Announces Joint Venture with Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School

Posted on 30th November 2016 in General, Events

- Open Evening, 30th November 2016, 6-9pm

As part of The Hadlow Group’s continuing commitment to delivering first class training and education across Kent, it has begun a joint venture with Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School in The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells.

The joint venture with Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School is a valuable addition to the Group’s portfolio, allowing it to increase the number of Apprenticeship opportunities for young people in and around Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge. With superb business links and facilities, the school is able to offer placements at top establishments such as Gravetye Manor, Paul A. Young chocolatiers, Alexander House Hotel, The Spa Hotel, One Warwick Park or the Cookery School itself.

Rosemary Shrager opened the cookery school in 2012 to train professional chefs in state-of-the-art kitchens designed by Mark Wilkinson and kitted out with top of the range equipment. The cookery school offers one day and weekend courses to corporate clients and individuals looking to brush up on their skills; however, Rosemary’s passion is bringing on the next generation of Haute Cuisine chefs. With investment from The Hadlow Group, there are plans to more than double the number of Apprenticeships available, with a steady growth plan over the next five years.

Rosemary Shrager and her team of talented chefs, including Executive Chef Iain More and Patisserie Chef Marc Mouzon will continue to deliver training at the Pantiles-based cookery school and guest lecture at The Hadlow Group’s West Kent and Ashford Colleges, where 80-plus students and Apprentices are studying for Catering & Hospitality qualifications.

Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, Deputy Group Principal & Deputy CEO of The Hadlow Group says of the partnership, “We are delighted to add Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School to our Catering & Hospitality portfolio and provide first class culinary training to even more young people in Kent. Rosemary is a wonderful chef and teacher; her personality and leadership creates a unique nurturing environment in which talented young chefs can flourish. Together we will increase the number of Apprenticeship opportunities available and start to deliver higher qualifications at the Pantiles-based cookery school.”

Rosemary Shrager, an Haute Cuisine chef who trained with Pierre Koffman in the 1980s and author of 6 cookery books, is thrilled that the cookery school will continue to grow with support and investment from The Hadlow Group. She said, “I have enjoyed a long career as a chef and television cook and it is now all about the next generation of chefs. I am so excited to have the opportunity to be involved in training our future culinary stars. The Hadlow Group’s involvement means we can expand and take on more Apprentices. It is a very exciting time”. 

Danielle Davey is currently undertaking a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery at the School and attends masterclasses once a month. She said: “The apprenticeship route was an obvious choice for me - I find it a lot more interesting and feel I get more out of the course being on the job and seeing the day-to-day runnings of how the hospitality industry works. I really enjoyed doing my Level 2 at the School as well - knowing that Rosemary is all about learning, I knew she'd be more than delighted for me to do my level 3 here; so I asked - and here I am!

“I’ve done lots of masterclasses with Rosemary and love doing them with her - she really makes the day. I’ve chosen the Pastry, Chocolate and Sponge modules – which I know are three of the hardest, technically, as there is no room for misjudgement – but I have a great tutor.

I’ve learnt a certain set of high-end skills here which have led to me having a huge respect for Rosemary and the company. I feel very much at home working for her and there are a lot of plans in the pipeline for the company now they are part of the Hadlow Group, which I'm really looking forward to seeing.”

There will be an official launch event for the partnership in January 2017.


The School will be holding an Open Evening on the 30th November 2016, from 6-9pm. This event is for anyone interested in finding out more about how to become a Professional Chef. Attendees can talk to our team about Hospitality & Catering and Professional Cookery apprenticeships, get involved with interactive cookery experiences and meet the chefs themselves.

WHEN: 30th November 2016, 6-9pm

WHERE: Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School, The Corn Exchange, The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TE

To register your interest or find out more, contact the School’s apprenticeship advisors on 01732 372888 or visit

Media Contact

Philip Orrell, Hadlow Group PR and Media Manager, Tel: 01732 372794,

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