‘I’m so lucky to do something I love’
Rosalind Rathouse, 74, started her cookery school in London 15 years ago. ‘I always loved to cook, but on arriving in London in the 1960s I unexpectedly found myself working as a teacher to support my husband in his studies as a town planner.
‘Returning to South Africa with two small children, I started a cookery school. Three years on, back in London as a teacher, I used cooking to encourage reluctant learners.
‘In the 80s I started a pie factory and sold to places like Waitrose and Leiths. And in 2003, at 59, I decided to start my own cookery school, because a boy I had been teaching couldn’t find a place at a cookery school. My husband found a small space – just big enough for one kitchen. A few years later, we expanded.
‘Then in 2007 I had a car accident, losing the use of my right arm. So now I write all the recipes and plan the courses. We provide all sorts of cookery classes – from how to cook Spanish food in a day to professional courses.
‘My husband died a few years ago, which was devastating, but having Cookery School and the lovely team here gave me focus – they’re like my second family.
‘I feel incredibly lucky to be doing what I love, and never plan to retire. I’d feel lost if I couldn’t go to Cookery School every day.’
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