Ok, I’m fairly sure you could cook anything, and I mean anything, in chef and TV personality Rosemary Shrager’s kitchen.
Rosemary Shrager’s kitchen is next level glam. I mean, how many people can say they have three ovens that include steam and combi functions, a wide gas hob and a warming drawer? Then there’s an integrated sous vide machine, large stand mixer, and 100 different ingredients. In addition, they’re all lined up in kilner jars on 1950s open shelving.
Rosemary’s home, in the centre of an East Sussex postcard village, covers the ground-floor flat of a converted chapel.
Artwork and Rosemary’s personality don almost every bit of free space on the walls and countertops, while the outside courtyard bursts with herbs and plants. I used some of these to style the shoot.
They were much better than the sad bunches I brought with me that had wilted on the treacherous journey. Rosemary very much agrees.
While I set up, Rosemary tells me how her “ultimate kitchen” came to fruition. Work started the day after she got the keys.
The flat was split into little rooms and hallways, and had a dark, poky kitchen that was impractical. So Rosemary decided to knock through. She opened it up to include living and dining areas.
But how was the kitchen designed?
So, for the design she went to Granite & Trend Transformations. They did the worktops at her cookery school in Tunbridge Wells.
Something that I love, and wasn’t expecting, is that the whole kitchen was inspired by a piece of marble she’s owned for 40 years. This came from her dad’s Georgian house in Cornwall.
It inspired the colour of the cabinetry to the veining in the worktop. Cool, right?
But, of course, with Rosemary’s profession, the layout was just as important as the look.
A large central island with plenty of storage makes the space efficient. Then the open shelving keeps the room spacious while providing a creative way to display all Rosemary’s ingredients.
The appliances are in an ergonomic formation and are mainly Kitchenaid. The gas hob is on the island and to the right is the bank of ovens. Then directly behind is the sink with a boiling-water tap.
Rosemary’s wine fridge is next to her dining table. This is especially handy for dinner parties.
In terms of décor, grey handleless cabinets keep the kitchen furniture cleaner and fresher, while pine flooring and khaki-coloured linens inject some warmth. Finally, bright, fun pieces – a giant apple painting, cauliflower print and pumpkin pot – showcase Rosemary’s individuality.
Now, who else is hungry?
Photography: Alison Hammond
Feature image: Rosemary Shrager’s kitchen.
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