Wednesday 15th April 2009 by C. Freeman
Teacher Mr Barrett recently underwent an intensive cookery course with television chef, Rosemary Shrager learning how to prepare classic British dishes. Mr Barrett, was among a group of 14 who cooked four three-course meals in just two days. As well as learning tricks of the trade, Mr Barrett and his fellow culinary students also ate all the dishes they prepared.
Mr Barrett said: 'I'm a fair basic cook but this course was predominantly about fine dining, taking your cookery skills to the next level and producing fine cuisine; it was probably as much about presentation as well.'
Mr Barrett learned how to cook different bread varieties as well as more filling dishes such as duck, slow cooked belly pork and roulade of chicken with red peppers and goats' cheese. Despite the students learning in a high tech demonstration kitchen, the recipes could all be prepared on a smaller scale in the home, and adapted for different ingredients.
As well as running her highly acclaimed cookery courses, Rosemary has also worked for Jean-Christophe Novelli, published two recipe books and appeared on various television programmes, notably Ladette to Lady, which first aired in 2005.
Mr Barrett said: 'Rosemary sat with us for one evening and her enthusiasm for cookery is phenomenal. She has a fantastic attention to detail, things have to be done right. She really wants to make sure you can do this yourself and not use her recipes completely but try and convert them yourself. Each time she would say, well that's one recipe, there's a hundred other recipes there and it's up to you to find them. I would definitely recommend the cookery school but after preparing and eating all that gourmet food I'm looking forward to beans on toast for a while!'