Ryan Riley, founder of Life Kitchen
Ryan lost his mother Krista to small lung cancer, when she was only in her forties and having witnessed her struggle and the impact it had on the rest of the family, he wanted to do something in her memory. During chemotherapy many patients lose their ability to taste or find that their tastes change dramatically. Ryan's mother was a keen cook and he has followed in her footsteps and has now set up the free Life Kitchen classes for people undergoing chemotherapy. The idea of Life Kitchen is simple, but enormously persuasive. Life Kitchen is designed to try to help mitigate that loss, to teach cooking skills and recipes that might restore some pleasure in food, and to do so alongside others facing similar challenges. We are proud to be supporting Ryan, for every Life Kitchen spatula we sell from this website, we make a donation to Life Kitchen and we try to attend as amny of the classes as possible, primarily as washers up. You can find details of the Life Kitchen spatula here. If you simply want to make a contribution to Life Kitchen you can do so here:
Georgina Grant and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Listen here to Georgina Grant. She's the Senior Curator at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and she tells us a little about the Iron Master, Abraham Darby and why South Shropshire is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
When you're next visiting Netherton Foundry you must take the time to see the collection of 10 museums in Coalbrookdale near Telford, it's just up the road from us. There is so much to see that to do the museums justice you will need to stay for a week! If you visit the Blists Hill Victorian Town museum on a Wednesday, you might get to see Roger pouring cast iron into sand box moulds for Netherton Foundry trivets. He makes the sand box moulds using Nethertons' hand carved wood patterns we made by us in Highley.
Find out about all the museums in the Ironbridge Gorge at https://www.ironbridge.org.uk/
If you know (of) Gill Meller (http://www.gillmeller.com/) then you probably already own Gather, his debut cook book, celebrating the joys of seasonal British cooking. If you do not know of whom I speak or don’t have the book, I implore you to rectify both. Gill is quiet, unassuming, generous and incredibly talented. He is at one with the environment. His recipes and his writing have an affinity with his surroundings. His words, as much as his ingredients seem to be drawn from the landscape. We love Gill's Instagram profile.
We were fortunate to meet up with Gill at the River Cottage 2018 Food fair over the gloriously sunny Bank Holiday weekend and watch him run the Fire Pit with a diverse bunch of outdoor cooking experts and enthusiasts. This was all about intuition, instinct (the genetically hard wired caveman within us all), experience and respect for the raw materials. Seemingly simple ingredients were, apparently effortlessly, and belying the true skills involved, transformed by the heat of the wood fires to produce memorably delicious mouthfuls.
And in case you didn’t already know, his new book, Time, will be published in September 2108. You can pre-order it now https://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Year-Kitchen-Gill-Meller/dp/1787130312
Chef Chris Burt
photo: copyright Shropshire Star 2017
Chris Burt, made his name at the Peach Tree and Momo-No-Ki in Shrewsbury. However Chris is never being one to rest on his laurels, and as well as heading up the culinary team at The Mytton & Mermaid, Atcham in Shropshire. He is currently working on projects with Luker chocolate in Columbia alongside industry food magicians MSK Ingredients.
Look at Chris's latest work at https://en-gb.facebook.com/chefchrisburt/ https://twitter.com/chrisburtchef
Natalie McVeigh, IOShen Knives
We believe all kitchens should be equipped with kit that does the job the best it possibly can and that is certainly the case with Natalie's knives.
Hers is a company run like ours, with a genuine love of her products and a passion for service and customer care. These are knives like no other, from a truly original individual, whom we adore.
What's more, not only will she provide you with a superb blade, you can have it tattoo'd so that no-one is in any doubt that it's yours...
Just a take a look at ours.....
If you want the knife your cooking deserves, get in touch with Natalie, whose advice in selecting the right tool for the job is second to none.
Sam Gray, Middle Farm. Author, publisher, smallholder, pig breeder, supplier of rare breed pork.
Now she's written a book, "Doing it in Wellies" which is her account of making a lifestyle choice and deciding to run a smallholding. Not a guide or a how-to manual, her book takes the reader on a no-frills journey and offers an insight into Sam’s fabulous, manic and often unenviable life. Women who care more for Prada than pig-pens will enjoy it. People toying with the idea of bailing from city life will learn from it. And those wanting a good read and a bit of escapism will enjoy curling up with it and getting lost among the hay and fallen apples of Middle Farm.
Sam is a person that you want to talk to. Someone you ask what she’s been up to and wait eagerly to hear her response, because nothing is what you might expect for this mother and wife living in the Shropshire Hills.
John Joyce, otherwise known as the Ice Cold Chef
John is a real inspiration, learning to cook when his beloved wife Bev was diagnosed with MS and was no longer able to dish up the delicious dinners he'd become used to. John is now putting his new found skills - and what skills - to good use, not only feeding the family but raising funds for charity and putting together a charity recipe book to inspire others in his predicament.
We wish John and Bev all the very best - thank you, Bev for passing on your talent to John and thank you to John for sharing them with us.
Read more on facebook https://www.facebook.com/IceColdChef or follow him on Twitter @
Marcus & Jenny Bean owners of the Brompton Cookery School, near Shrewsbury.
Marcus is a regular chef on ITV’s This Morning, he's cooked for Holly Willoughby & Phillip Schofield and other presenters on the show. He’s appeared on Good Food’s “Market Kitchen”, Channel 4′s “What’s cooking” & “Drop Down Menu”. Food Network’s Christmas special with Matt Tebutt & Lisa Faulkner. A real celebrity.
....but we know him as a great chef and an inspiring teacher. At the Brompton School of Cookery they are equally at home with "expert foodies " wanting to add that extra professional touch or encouraging beginners (young and old) who are taking the first tenative steps into the kitchen.
Brompton are great supporters of Netherton kitchenware, they know that our pans can stand up to the odd bit of rough treatment that might occasional occur in cookery school! Click here to treat yourself to a great experience at the cookery school.
Phil Leverington ( AKA The Demo Chef)
A champion of all things local. Teaching and demonstrating the art of real cooking using great local produce:
Have a look at what Phil's doing and conatct him through
http://www.chefpresentations.com Tel 01751 798278 Mobile 07773 903307
Watch Phil Leverington, The Demo Chef prepare Rose Veal Sirloin Steak using a Netherton Foundry Cooking Iron :
Rachel Frost Pottery
Great hand thrown ceramics with striking, bold images of the Ironbridge and the local area.