Rosemary Hume

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Rosemary Ethel Hume

Rosemary Ethel Hume MBE (1907 – 1984) was a cook and writer. She taught at Le Cordon Bleu in London and co-devised coronation chicken in 1953.


Hume was born in Sevenoaks. She was one of the first British people to be trained in "Le Cordon Bleu" in Paris.[1] She was taught by Henri-Paul Pellaprat. She had not done well at school as the family moved around following her father, Colonel Charles Vernon Hume, who had worked in India[2] and now worked in military intelligence. Hume showed an interest in cookery.[1]

In 1931 she and Dione Lucas set up a cookery school in London as they had both trained in Paris. They had a flat in Chelsea and they would reputedly serve their students' creations to passing trade at chairs and tables on the pavement. Hume and Lucas opened l’Ecole du Petit Cordon Bleu in 1933.[3] Rosemary Hume, the principal of the London Le Cordon Bleu school created Poulet Reine Elizabeth (later known as Coronation Chicken) for one of the coronation menus on 2 June 1953.

Dione Lucas is thought to have helped Hume create her first cookery book as her spelling was known to be poor. Rosemary was approached by Constance Spry with a proposal that they should create a cookbook together. Spry could write the book and Hume would supply the recipes. Constance was to provide personal reminiscences of her time in Ireland. Constance was twenty years older that Hume.[1]

By 1953 Hume and Spry were both principals of the "Cordon Bleu" Cookery School in London. In celebration of the coronation of Elizabeth II they devised the recipe now known as "Coronation Chicken".[4] The recipe has been in every edition of the Constance Spry Cookbook (by Spry and Hume)[5] but the major credit should go to Rosemary Hume.[6]


  • Constance Spry Cookery Book by Spry and Hume[5]


  1. ^ a b c Sue Shephard (30 November 2010). The Surprising Life of Constance Spry. Pan Macmillan. pp. 94–96. ISBN 978-0-330-53610-3.
  2. ^ Colonel Charles Vernon, C. Hayavadana Rao, The Indian Biographical Dictionary, 1915
  3. ^ Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Anniversary,, Retrieved 1 February 2016
  4. ^ "Recipe for Jubilee Chicken". Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ a b Constance Spry; Rosemary Hume (2013). Constance Spry Cookery Book. Grub Street. ISBN 978-1-909166-21-9.
  6. ^ Rosemary Hume's Coronation Chicken, The Telegraph, Retrieved 1 February 2016