‘I’m so lucky to do some­thing I love’

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Real Life -

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.’

✿ Visit cook­eryschool.co.uk

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