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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. 

Diana Henry, food writer 

Diana Henry is an award-winning food writer, journalist and broadcaster.   She has written 11 books, including A Bird in the Hand, which won the prestigious James Beard awards and How to Eat a Peach, which won the Andre Simon award.  In between writing books, she is the Sunday Telegraph's food writer nad has a monthly column in BBC Good Food magazine.

Her latest book, From the OVEN TO THE TABLE  is published on 19th September 2019.  Pre-order it here  and keep a look out on our blog for a full review closer to publication date.

NEWS !!!! See the Diana Henry/ OVEN TO THE TABLE competition and win a collection of Netherton prospector pans as used in the book. 

We love Diana's approach to food, her sheer joy and revelry in the subject, her knowledge, built on the foundations of a Leith's cookery course, but deepened and broadened through travel,. practice, reading and eating!

We are proud and delighted that Diana used so much of our cookware when writing From the Oven to tthe table and that so many of the recipes are photographed in our pans.

James Whetlor, Cabrito

James Whetlor, a chef with 10 years experience working in London, had been keeping a few goats, not for milk, but for land management.  He put some of the meat on the menu at the world renowned River Cottage.

It was well received, so James decided there was probably a market for kid meat, but he would have to create it.  And so he did, founding Cabrito to sell and promote goat meat.

He also wrote a book about it – GOAT and as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall so pithily puts it; James knows a lot about goats!

Wherever there are goat dairies around the world there are unwanted billy goats with a grim prognosis. In an overwhelming majority of cases they are euthanatised.

In a world of dwindling resources and rising food prices Cabrito believe this cannot be justified. They now have a network of farms producing high quality meat from a previously wasted resource.

James is a great fan of Netherton cookware – you can see his prospector pan put to good use in his book.  We watched him use the barbecue chapa at the River Cottage Food festival and he has taken one of the barbecue grids  home to use atop his discarded washing machine drum.  We absolutely love this ethos of re-use rather than recycle.  Why throw away a washing machine when you can turn it into a barbecue?

You can see James at these up and coming 2019 events:

Meatopia, London 30 August- 1st September

Food Rocks, Lyme Regis Sept 8th

Ludlow Food Festival 13-14 September 

Cheese festival Bra, Italy 20-23 September 

Keep and eye out for Goatober, check out the latest on James's website, Cabrito.

Nick Weston

Having spent his early years in Sussex grubbing about in the woods, wild camping, fishing and shooting, Nick has been to university, travelled far and wide , built a tree house and set up Hunter Gather Cook.

Nick’s vision was to create a ‘Hunter-Gatherer’ school that blended a mixture of foraging, animal butchery, cooking and bushcraft with an emphasis in living comfortably in the great outdoors and creating high-end dishes using wild produce.

Well he has certainly done that!  We recently saw Nick in action at River Cottage Food Fair, putting all his skills to great effect and producing the most delicious fire cooked venison you can imagine, using our barbecue chapa.

Nick has long been a fan of Netherton cookware, which works just as well at his treehouse hangout as it does in the kitchen.  He has made great use of the long handled frying pans over the fires they build on the courses there.  And the state of some of his frying pans is testament to the amount of use they get and their longevity.

If you fancy a day in the woods, learning about wild food, skills from brewing to butchery, how to make the most of outdoor cooking, fishing and foraging, then Nick is the man to go to – check out the courses here:

And grab yourself a copy of Nick’s wonderful new book too:

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. 
STOP PRESS: Check out here latest book  Charred: The complete guide to vegetarian grilling and barbecue
See Geneveive in action late summer 2019
- 22-25 Aug Shambala Fire Stage demos
- 13-14th Sept Ludlow Food Fest Fire stage
- 20-22 Sept Abergavenny Food Fest Fire Stage plus wild fire cooking in the woods 

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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