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Welcome to Rosemary Schrager Cookery School

The gourmet heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells can be found in the lower Pantiles – the new home of Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School.

The School is housed within The Corn Exchange, a beautiful three-storey regency building, with a Domestic and Professional School, event spaces for private celebrations and corporate functions; plus a Delicassen and Café planned for 2014.

Every aspect of the school has been personally designed to Rosemary’s exacting specifications; and no expense has been spared to provide students with both up-to-the minute kitchen technology and luxurious styles.

Alongside their short courses, the school now offers apprenticeships and qualifications to those who wish to become professional Chefs.

About us





■ Currently out of education, employment or training?

■ Interested in becoming a qualified chef in as little as 12 months?


If the answer to the above is "YES!" then you should contact us RIGHT NOW!



Because we are looking for enthusiastic, ambitious, young people who have a passion for food and would like to be trained by Rosemary Shrager and her team of talented chefs, in our new, state-of-the-art, professional kitchen in Tunbridge Wells.

We are offering both NVQs and VRQs, Level 2, all endorsed by East Kent College.



Your choices explained


A young person completing an apprenticeship would gain a level 2 QCF NVQ qualfication. Our Apprenticeship Programme blends working and learning so you will be supported by both your employer and Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School. We carefully select employers committed to this style of training and work together to help you become a highly employable, young chef.

We have employers committed to the programme in and around Tunbridge Wells and we will match you to an appropriate employer. There will be a week of work experience at your future place of work before either of you commit to the apprenticeship.

You should expect to work for a minimum of 30 hours a week for the duration of the programme. Each apprentice will receive at least the minimum wage, (although we do encourage a higher contribution for the work that is done). Our chef tutor will visit you regularly at your place of work to ensure you are covering the course appropriately and work with you to develop your skills.

You will also join us at the cookery school on a regular basis. Before you start your formal employment, there will be a week of basic training (including knife skills, sauces, bread making, kitchen discipline and food hygiene). This will give you the confidence to begin work in a professional kitchen.

You will then return a month later to hone those, and other skills, over a two day period. We will invite you to take a Master Class every month for the following 10 months, including some with Rosemary Shrager.


Our Vocationally Relevant Qualifications are nationally recognised and follow the traditional process of teach, practice, assess. The focus of the course is to learn the necessary skills and knowledge to become a professional chef and unlike the NVQs ALL training takes place at Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School with some work placement. The training is more intensive and you can become a qualified chef in as little as 36 weeks.

And that’s not all! The schemes can be joined at any time, but we aim to start you in groups so that you can enjoy being students together and share your experiences.





How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Rosemary Schrager Cookery School directly.

Last updated date: 07 January 2015

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