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Emily Aveling whips up a soufflé with top chef Rosemary Shrager

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Emily and Rosemary lgEmily Aveling, 16, who is studying Business Studies, Media Studies, Design Technology and Photography, has ambitions to run her own café in Norfolk, so when she had an opportunity to cook with TV personality Rosemary Shrager (Ladette to Lady, Soapstar Superchef, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here) at the Ideal Home Show at Earls Court, London, she jumped at the chance.

“When we got there, we saw that Rosemary Shrager was doing a demonstration at 2pm. During the warm-up, we were told to cheer as loudly as possible when she arrived. I was the person who cheered the loudest, and to my delight, I was then picked to go on stage with Rosemary in front of 400 people!

“I really love cooking – Rosemary was surprised that I knew how to make a roux – I made the roux while she whisked up the egg whites to make the cheese soufflés. We then made a supper – bacon and smoked trout with celery, tomatoes and capers. I was on stage for about 45 minutes and got to try the results of our cooking – delicious!

“During the cooking Rosemary asked me what I wanted to do, and I told her about my ambition to open a café, possibly in Wells-next-the-Sea. I invited Rosemary to come and visit when it finally opens – I know I’m going to have to work hard after my A levels to save up enough money to get started. Rosemary replied and addressed the audience with: “You can do anything in life, if you put your mind to it”.

Emily, Rosemary and Big screen“I was given a copy of the Ideal Home Show Seasonal Cookery Book, which included the recipes we made, and Rosemary signed it for me – after she gave me a big hug!”

Photographs Robin Aveling ©2014