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Hilary’s career after training at the Cordon Bleu school of cookery in London started as third chef at the esteemed Holbeck Hall Hotel in Scarborough.
Westergate Lodge ,
Who Are We?
Hilary was born on the Wirral in Cheshire although moved around the country and to the Philippines and Brazil with her father as senior manager of Unilever all before the age of 16.
Hilary’s career after training at the Cordon Bleu school of cookery in London started as third chef at the esteemed Holbeck Hall Hotel in Scarborough. After gaining professional qualifications from the institute of hotel and catering management moved to London to work for a large contract catering firm in the City providing directors lunches and managing staff restaurants, then moved back to Yorkshire managing contract catering units and assistant to the area manager.
In 1986 with two young sons took the helm of Food Solutions her own outside catering business which over 25 years provided catering from 10 to 2500 for companies , prestigious events and famous people including The Duke of Norfolk’s family at Carlton Towers for weekend house parties for 16 years.
After many years teaching adult education courses and students through City & Guilds at Selby College, Harmony House Cookery School was launched in 2007 to inspire less confident cooks that cooking can be fun, simple & look stylish, also provide a fun day out for those who enjoy cooking & experimenting. During that time Hilary had cookery slots on Radio York and in 2014 wrote a cookery book meals in minutes.
In 2017 together with husband Paul bought Grimston House which offers accommodation, small event hospitality catering and cookery demonstrations. Hilary continues to be proactive in sharing cookery skills and welcoming guests with Paul and the chickens enjoying the work life balance of a beautiful house and gardens
What we can offer – From Westergate Kitchen
– Demonstrations – Cooking with herbs, Thought for food or Cooking for a crowd with refreshments and handouts.
– Cookery lessons and Zoom classes
– Takeaway ready meals and afternoon teas
– Birthday and Special occasion Cookies and Cookies
– Boxes of Cookie bars Brownies posted to your loved ones