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Rosemary Shrager. Credit: James Eckersley

The English Wine Diaries episode 59: Rosemary Shrager

The celebrity TV chef turned murder mystery author lives in the heart of English wine country

On today’s episode of The English Wine Diaries podcast is TV chef and author, the icon that is Rosemary Shrager.  

In the early to mid-noughties Rosemary rose to small screen fame with guest appearances on cooking shows before landing her own prime-time programme on Channel 5 called Castle Cook. She’s rarely been off our TV screens over the past 20 years appearing on shows such as Ladette to Lady, I’m a Celebrity, The Real Marigold Hotel and Cooking with the Stars to name just a few. 

Throughout her career, Rosemary has run cookery schools across the country and has written countless cookbooks. More recently however she has turned her hand to fiction, writing three food-themed murder mystery novels and, she tells me, may well write one focused on wine, in the future. 

We talk about her love of fine wine from France and her collection of Mouton Rothschild bottle labels, how she feels English sparkling compares to its French counterpart and the latest novel in her Prudence Bulstrode murder mystery series. 

Rosemary’s latest novel, Too Many Cooks is out on February 15th, published by Little Brown, a division of Hachette UK. To find out more about Rosemary’s latest online cookery masterclasses, recipes and books, visit or follow her @rosemaryshrager on Instagram and Facebook and @rosemaryshragerchef on YouTube. 

This episode of The English Wine Diaries is sponsored by Wickhams, The Great British Wine Merchant. Visit to see their award-winning range of English wine with free deliver on orders over £40. The English Wine Diaries listeners can also get 10% discount on their first purchase by entering the code TEWD10.