Tessa Bramley : Executive Chef
Tessa Bramley, Owner and Chef of The Old Vicarage for 30 years, continues to guide and influence her long-established kitchen team. The style is modern and innovative, full of unexpected flavour combinations, based on advanced professional technique yet always grounded in the traditional roots of classical cooking.
"The cooking bears comparison with the very best - complex, picturesque but at the same time solidly rooted in the seasons".
Sunday Express Magazine
Tessa has a clear understanding of how to coax every nuance of flavour from the ingredients she uses. Her work revolves around the garden - this is country cooking, properly grounded in nature and evocative of the seasons. All of the fresh produce used at The Old Vicarage is grown in the kitchen garden or comes from the nearby farms.
"Cooking at the Old Vicarage follows the seasons... you can tell the time of year by what is on the plate."
Tom Jaine, The Independent.
Tessa is a prolific writer and a frequent contributor to national magazines and periodicals. Her first book, "The Instinctive Cook", was published in 1995, followed by "A Taste of Tradition" , "Traditional Puddings" and currently "Perfect Puddings" and "Casseroles: Comfort Food at its Best"
Her current titles are published by Ryland, Peters and Small and have been translated for publication in 5 countries.
As a writer the style of recipe presentation is user-friendly and aimed at the keen amateur cook. Seasonal recipes are posted here to download for your own personal use.
Tessa has presented TV shows for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, with appearances on "Here's One I Made Earlier", "Food and Drink" and "Masterchef", along with cooking slots on magazine programmes "Light Lunch" and "This Morning". She has made several TV series, on location as well as at The Old Vicarage.
She has worked as an independent consultant for major organisations including P&O Cruises, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Somerfield. Tessa frequently works for clients on location, demonstrating, filming, presenting for PR functions and speaking at corporate events. She may be booked through her agents:
Limelight Celebrity Management
10 Filmer Mews
75 Filmer Road
London SW6 7JF
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7384 9950
General e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Managing Director and Literary Agent: Fiona Lindsay