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This is the place where we have the chance to mention our friends. 
People who are creating exciting products, offer a wonderful service,
or are just doing something we admire.

Scroll down to see Netherton Friends. 

Mr Wolf

Our friend the Wolfman has launched his range of tantalising spice blends.  We were lucky enough to try these out before they reached the market and what a treat that was.

“Lupo T Wolf is first and foremost an epicurean; a man of taste, style, discernment and curiosity…..and perhaps just a little bit of a rascal. His supreme fondness is for the delights of good food and the myriad flavours and aromas of the international table. Like you, he’s a bit of a dab hand in the kitchen but confused with the profusion of spices and seasonings available, he decided to experiment. After much trial and refinement, he is delighted to present a range of spice combinations and blends that takes the angst out of cooking and will inspire you to achieve.”  Find out more about Mr Wolf here.   

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: 

Genevieve Taylor


A freelance food writer, food stylist and presenter, Genevieve is one of our go-to experts when it comes to all things outdoor cooking.
Her skill and enthusiasm for playing  with fire is enough to get anyone cooking outside.
She uses our griddle plates and prospector pans on her barbecue and wood fired outdoor oven. 
Have a look at her recent books: How to eat Outside or the Ultimate Wood Fired Cook Book and get cooking al fresco. 

Hiut Denim 
We love the philosophy of David and Clare Hieatt, their single minded approach to restoring pride and manufacturing to a small town in Wales.
In their own words:
“Cardigan is a small town of 4,000 good people. 400 of them used to make jeans. They made 35,000 pairs a week. For three decades.
Then one day the factory closed. It left town. But all that skill and knowhow remained. Without any way of showing the world what they could do.
That’s why we have started The Hiut Denim Company. To bring manufacturing back home. To use all that skill on our doorstep. And to breathe new life into our town.  
We make jeans. That’s it. Nothing else. No distractions. Nothing to steal our focus. No kidding ourselves that we can be good at everything. No trying to conquer the whole world. We just do our best to conquer our bit of it. So each day we come in and make the best jeans we know how. Use the best quality denims. Cut them with an expert eye. And then let our ‘Grand Masters’ behind the sewing machines do the rest.”

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

Del Sneddon

Del describes himself as a a battle-scarred Creative Director, whisky fancier, obsessive cook, occasional writer. 
While that's all true, he also produces some of the best food photography we've seen. He's clearly a great cook and we just love what he does with our pans.
You can find his stunning pictures on Instagram  @weerascal , I insist you look at!  Also on twitter at @WeeRascal   and Del has a website: 
In daylight hours Del is the design force behind Pocket Rocket Creative  , have a look at their amazing drinks packaging and designs.

Gill Meller


If you know (of) Gill Meller ( 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 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.

And now there is another gorgeous book to add to your collection - Time is a celebration of cooking with the hours, as well as the seasons.  

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 we were back at River Cottage Food Fair in 2019 and Gill was cooking up a storm on the Fire Pit again, and compering such great acts as Samin Nosrat.  His knowledge of food and fire shone through the smoke like sunbeams, his personal warmth radiating as he helped, supported and praised everyone who was sharing their love of outdoor cooking.


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.

Chris's new book Straight Outta Africa will be coming soon, telling stories and re-creating the recipes of his childhood in Africa.

Look at Chris's latest work at

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.

                                                                 Click here to see the IOShen Knives website

Sam Gray,  Middle Farm.  Author, publisher, smallholder, pig breeder, supplier of rare breed pork.

See Sam and her pigs in our Youtube video           
We got to know Sam originally as a supplier of really special pork sold only to a very select number of restaurants in Shropshire.
Click here to order some of Sam's rare breed pork and have a look at her luxury great holiday cottages
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.
Sam's publishing business

Miss South 

Based in South West London, with the world at her fingertips due to the global range of her local market and the city beyond and a grocery budget  small enough to be found only with a magnifying glass, Miss South comes up with the most amazing recipes.  
We loved working with her, offering her fantastic book, Slow Cooked as a competition prize and highly recommend you check out her blog for great recipes and engaging       writing.

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  or follow him on Twitter @John1827Joyce 

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 contact him at:   Tel  01751 798278        Mobile  07773 903307
Watch Phil Leverington, The Demo Chef prepare Rose Veal Sirloin Steak using a Netherton Foundry Cooking Iron :
Phil uses the cooking iron for both meat and veg in this short and entertaining recipe video.


Rachel Frost Pottery  

Great hand thrown ceramics with striking, bold images of the Ironbridge and the local area.

We are working with her on some limited edition tagine lids. 
You can have a look at her work on    
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