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British Chef Rosemary Shrager, Biography-From Her Age, Husband To Books And Net Worth



Facts of Rosemary Shrager

Birth DateJanuary 21,1951
Birth NameRosemary Worlledge
Birth CityLondon
Birth CountryEngland
Father NameJohn Worlledge
Mother NameJune Davis
Gender IdentityFemale
Marital StatusDivorced
SpouseMichael Shrager
No Of Children2
EducationHeatherley School of Fine Art
FilmographyLadette to Lady,I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
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Rosemary Shrager is a renowned British chef, television personality, writer, and reality star. She is best known for being an haute cuisine teacher on the reality television program Ladette to Lady. 

She has also been part of shows such as Soapstar Superchef, I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, The Chase: Celebrity Special, The Big Family Cooking Showdown, Ladies of London, and the Netflix show Best Leftovers Ever. 

As for her personal life, she was married to a barrister, Michael Shrager. The couple has two children; a son, Tom Shrager, and a daughter, Kate Shrager. 

So, what is Rosemary Shrager's age? What is her net worth? How was her young life? How many books and recipes has she published? We have the details of her personal and professional life here.

What Is Rosemary Shrager's Age?

Rosemary Shrager was born Rosemary Worlledge on January 21, 1951, in London, UK to Jewish parents. 

Her mother was June Davis, and her father was John Worlledge, a company executive. She is one of the three children of the couple. 

As of October 2022, she is at the age of 71-years-old.  

She mentioned that she did not have a happy home life after her father cheated on her mom with a housekeeper and they separated. 

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Rosemary Shrager-British chef, television personality, writer, and reality star

Shrager studied at Northwich School of Art and Design and later attended Heatherley School of Fine Art because she wanted to be an architect. 

However, she was always interested in making food and loved feeding others. She spent her young life learning about foods and different recipes. 

Later, she turned her hobby into a huge money-making career. 

I’m a self-taught chef. As a child, I always loved food and was eager to know how it was made. I spent ages watching my mother cook and couldn’t wait to make my own dishes. 

As of now, the 71-year-old has written multiple books, appeared in many shows, and is considered one of the most popular chefs.

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Husband And Children-Find Out How Money Ended Her Relationship 

Rosemary Shrager was married to Michael Shrager, a barrister. The couple tied the knot in 1973. At that time, Rosemary was just 21. 

The couple has two children together—a daughter, Kate Shrager, who was born in 1972 (age 50), and a son, Tom Shrager

Both of her kids are not on the media radar and stay out of the spotlight. There are no details on Kate's personal life. 

However, her son Tom is married to Sam Shrager, and the couple has two children together—Suki Shrager and Freddie Shrager. 

Rosemary and Michael separated in the late 2000s. As per her interview with This is Money, the couple parted ways after having a money crisis. 

The duo lost everything in 2008 due to the recession, and their relationship did not survive the effect. 

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Rosemary Shrager and her former late husband Michael Shrager

In her conversation, Shrager stated: 

My husband and I had sold our house in London and he invested all our money in houses in Cornwall. He was doing them up when interest rates leapt. He couldn't afford to finish the project." 

She continued: 

The bank took everything from us. I had to sell all the land I had inherited from my father to pay everything off. It got to the point where I couldn't afford food, clothes, and everything else. 

She then revealed how all those things affected their relationship, and the duo eventually separated: 

My husband never recovered from what happened to us and we separated. Even now, 30 years later, I find it hard to talk about. 

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Lost Both Her Husband And Mother Within Weeks 

Rosemary Shrager lost both her former spouse and mother within weeks in 2020. No one can even imagine the excruciating pain she went through. 

Sadly, she lost them just before the lockdown. Shrager was forced to live alone away from others with the biggest pain of losing both her children's father and mother. 

In her interview with Good to Know, she talked about losing two very important members of her family. 

The chef said: 

"My husband didn't die of dementia, but he started to go, and he died just before the lockdown." 

He died of cancer. Similarly, talking about her mother, she said: 

"My mother died of Corona, but she had dementia, too. We weren't allowed to go to her funeral, but at least with Michael, we got there before the lockdown. With her, we'll have to have a memorial after." 

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Busy at work!! Rosemary Shrager spent the lockdown working after losing both her former husband and mother within weeks.  

Despite the biggest heartbreak, Rosemary kept herself busy during isolation, and often came live on Instagram and threw herself into cooking. 

"Having lost my mother during this, and she had dementia, I think it's incredibly sad we are losing so many of the elderly now because of their weakness and their underlying illnesses. And we've all suffered."

She baked cupcakes to help Alzheimer’s Society during a lockdown.

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Career Highlights-How It All Started? 

As mentioned earlier, Rosemary Shrager was into food since childhood and later decided to change her passion into a money-making career. 

'I went to art school and specialized in interior design. Designing kitchens was my favourite thing but I knew I really wanted to work with food. I started doing Directors’ Lunches for companies in London; it was a great way to learn about catering.' 

She actually started her career after getting married and having children.  

"I got married, had two children, and then set up a business with a friend catering for all kinds of parties. But I still knew I had a lot to learn." 

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Hardworking chef Rosemary Shrager 

At the beginning of her career, Shrager worked with renowned chef Jean Christophe-Novelli and also took professional kitchen training from Pierre Koffman. 

My family moved to Cornwall where I worked with Jean Christophe-Novelli at his restaurant. Returning to London I realised I wanted to get a professional kitchen training.  

She further said

"I wrote to Pierre Koffman who ran the very famous Tante Claire restaurant in Chelsea. He was surprised by my bold approach and told me he didn’t normally employ women but he took me on. It was an amazing training. I spent time on all the sections and learned so much."  

Shrager, with more confidence in the kitchen, then traveled the world as a freelance chef and became head chef at Moyns Park, the home of the Mountbatten family. 

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Rosemary Shrager recipes

Similarly, she moved to the Outer Hebrides to Amhuinnsuidhe Castle on the Isle of Harris and worked there as a chef. 

Eventually, she started a cookery school and also began appearing on television shows and getting well-known.

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Television Shows 

Rosemary Shrager started her television career in 2007 by hosting her cookery series, Rosemary Shrager's School for Cooks.

Since then, she has appeared in many shows, including Royal Upstairs Downstairs, where she and author Ivan Day recreated dishes cooked for the late Queen Victoria; the three-part BBC series, The Real Marigold Hotel; as a judge on the ITV daytime series Chopping Block; and the Netflix show Best Leftovers Ever. 

Similarly, in November 2012, she joined the cast of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! as a late entry. She was voted out, finishing in 6th place out of 12 celebrities. 

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Rosemary Shrager on the Netfilx show Best Leftovers Ever with chef David So (L) and Actress-musician Jackie Tohn (M).

Her television appearances so far are listed below: 

YearTelevision Shows
2005-2010Ladette to Lady
2007-2008Rosemary Shrager's School for Cooks
2010-2012The Alan Titchmarsh Show
2012All Star Family Fortunes
2013What's Cooking?
2013The Chase: Celebrity Special
2014Ladies of London
2014Celebrity Fifteen to One
2016The Indian Dream Hotel
2016The Real Marigold Hotel
2016-2017Culinary Genius
2017The Big Family Cooking Showdown

Likewise, in 2021, she appeared in the shows such as Cooking with the Stars UK, When TV Cookery Goes Horribly Wrong, Jeremy Vine, Fishing Scotland's Lochs and Rivers, and The Wheel. 

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Books And Recipes 

The chef also published many books and recipes over the years. As of 2022, she has written nine books. 

Her first book, titled Rosemary, castle cook Rosemary Shrager, was published in 2001. 

All books are as follows: 

  1. 2008- School for Cooks
  2. 2008- We All Love Baking: Simple Recipes That Everyone Can Enjoy
  3. 2011- Rosemary Shrager's Absolutely Foolproof Classic Home Cooking
  4. 2011- Rosemary Shrager's Yorkshire Breakfasts
  5. 2012- Rosemary Shrager's Absolutely Foolproof Food for Family and Friends
  6. 2014- Rosemary Shrager's Bakes, Cakes & Puddings
  7. 2018- Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery Course: 150 Tried & Tested Recipes to be a Better Cook.

Rosemary Shrager has dabbled in thriller writing as well. In 2022, she published her first novel, a murder mystery called The Last Supper. 

Her novel was praised and loved by the audience. One of the critics wrote: 

"A great yarn - Shrager knows her food and she's cooked up a storm. . . Rosie can write and Prudence Bulstrode is here to stay". 

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Rosemary Shrager promoting her novel

Her upcoming novel, titled The Proof in the Pudding: Prudence Bulstrode 2, is set to be published in 2023.

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How Much Is The Net Worth Of Rosemary Shrager? Restaurants And Other Assets 

As of October 2022, Rosemary Shrager is estimated to have a net worth of £3 million. Her major income source is her career as a chef. 

Reportedly, she makes between £100k and £500k from working as a chef and from her television appearances. 

In addition, she is an author who earns a considerable sum from book sales and royalties. All her books are available on Amazon and are sold for between £3 and £11 in the Kindle edition and £6 and £20 in paperback. 

Similarly, she has her own set of kitchen appliances, which she designed herself. On her website, she wrote: 

“My ambition has always been to create amazing kitchens that are totally accessible to everybody and that will be functional and ergonomically designed. I dream of others benefitting from my experience and being able to incorporate valued family items within their kitchen design to create a truly eclectic look which is totally personal to them!” 

Though she does not run a restaurant as of now, she previously owned two. Amhuinnsuidhe Castle (1998–2002) and Swinton Park (2002–2012). 

Rosemary is now known as one of the most popular and richest chefs in London, and she has worked a lot harder to reach this place. 


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Rosemary Shrager Net Worth

She and her family moved to Cornwall, where Rosemary had opened her own restaurant, but the recession hit in 2008, and they lost everything. 

My husband and I lost everything in 2008 due to the recession. All we had was a suitcase. We lost the house, our dog, our cat . . . everything. 

"I thought 'right, I'm going to bloody well get on with it'. I went to work for all sorts of people in all sorts of places - I didn't care what I did."

Determined to "get her credibility back," Shrager worked even harder and achieved all the things she dreamed of. 

Her Views On Money And Saving 

As mentioned, Rosemary Shrager understands the value of money as she has lost her relationship because of it. But also because her parents always helped her understand and value money. 

They tried to teach me the value of money by keeping me very short of it. My father was first a managing director and then went into the banking industry.  

My mother was a housewife, although when my siblings and I were young she employed a cleaner and a nanny, and then we went to boarding school. She did lots of cooking and baking and grew her own vegetables.  

The chef also mentioned that she started saving after turning 50. 

I started saving into one when I was 50. Now I receive it, along with my state pension and half of my late husband's state pension.

As for her other assets, she has a house in East Sussex.  

It is a flat in a converted old chapel in East Sussex. I renovated it so it is exactly how I want it, with an office, two bedrooms and a studio kitchen where I do cooking demonstrations.  

I'd rather not say how much it's worth, but I have spent £100,000 on it and I think it's gone up in value by at least that much. I plan to stay here for the rest of my life. At my age, you need security.

Updated On Fri Oct 14 2022 Published OnThu Oct 13 2022 By riley

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