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Rose Gray

Rose Gray happens to be a food expert, writer and restaurateur in Britain. She partnered with another cooking expert Ruth Rogers to present cooking programs, write cookbooks and set up a restaurant in London known as “The River Café”. Chef Gray passed away in the year 2010 at the age of 71.

Professional Life of Chef Rose Gray

Born in Bedford, Britain in 1939, as Clemency Anne Rosemary Swann, Gray was raised in Scotland and Surrey by her widowed mother who hailed from a Baron family in Guildford. Rose pursued studies in Guildford College of Art and obtained a degree in Fine Art. She began her career as a chef at Nell’s restaurant in New York and later came back to London. In 1987 she began the restaurant “The River Café” collaborating with Ruth Rogers whom she met and became friends with in the 1970s.


Rose Gray won several awards and accolades for her contribution in the field of culinary arts along with her partner Ruth Rogers. She shares the merit of grooming renowned chefs such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver in her restaurant. Awards won by her include:

  • Best Italian Restaurant of the Year in 1989
  • Michelin star in the year 1998 that has been retained since
  • An MBE(Order of British Empire) in the year 2010 for her outstanding achievements

Food Inventions of Chef Rose Gray

Asparagus and herb risotto is a recipe infusing the texture and flavors of asparagus and other herbs into rice.

Baked pears with caramel is a dessert recipe that turns very well when made using pear varieties such as comice and william.

Boiled lemon and artichoke salad is a tangy recipe made using unwaxed lemons

and globe artichokes as the main ingredients and additionally almonds.

Popular Media Shows

Rose Gray has made many appearances on television. She is the host of the food show “Italian Kitchen” along with her professional partner Ruth Rogers. She also appeared on weeklong series of The Early Show known as "Culinary Inspirations," wherein she was seen preparing a few recipes for the feature "Italian Two Easy".


Chef Rose Gray has authored and co-authored many cookbooks. Her first cookbook along with Ruth Rogers known as The River Café Cookbook, came out in the year 1995. River cafe two easy, The Cafe Cook Book: Italian Recipes from London's River Café and Rogers Gray Italian Country Cook Book are a few more cookbooks co-authored by her along with Ruth Rogers.