AGA Approved Ambassadors
Ask any AGA owner to tell you what they love about their AGA cooker and there will be an instant and emotional response. You'll soon realise that for them it's much more than a kitchen appliance – it's a way of life, and a gentle one at that.
The fact is that an AGA cooker is beautifully versatile – it's easy to use, a joy to live with and produces wonderfully delicious food. And of course, it's a British design icon too. There really is no other household appliance that inspires the same depth of loyalty and emotion or that over time has become synonymous with the warmth and comfort of home.
No one can resist an AGA heat-storage cooker – they're drawn to its gentle warmth and, as soon as they enter the kitchen, they feel the need to lean on it. Sometimes they'll even jostle for the best spot. AGA owners consistently tell us their cooker is part of the family and they couldn't imagine life without it.
If food is at the heart of your business and you're an AGA enthusiast, you could potentially secure another income stream by working with us to generate AGA sales leads in your area.
For more information on how to become an AGA Approved Ambassador please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01926 455729.
Read the profiles of our current AGA Approved Ambassadors below:
Restaurant, Carvery, Entertainment and Accommodation
The Punchbowl Inn is over 700 years old, although the actual date when the pub was first built is unknown. It was first licensed as a pub in 1740, and the central part of the building where the front door is, served as the pub. The Punchbowl still retains much of its original characteristics, despite major structural modifications fifty years ago, and only since the 1960’s has the bar actually had beer pumps. Prior to that, the cellar was directly opposite the pub and the beer was transported in porcelain jugs from the barrel to the bar so that the local’s could drink ale. It was renamed Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn in the middle of the 19th Century, probably because of its association with the Whig party, who were traditionally Sherry and Punch drinkers.
2014 has seen the punchbowl become the first of its kind to use a state of the art AGA Total Control cooker as part of its live carvery concept, allowing customers to not only taste AGA cooked food but to also see their meals cooked right in front of them.
Country House Accommodation and Private Dining
Lower Buckton was once the principal farm in this early settlement and today is the home to Henry and Carolyn Chesshire. Their friendly hospitality welcomes guests off the beaten track to this truly, quiet and uniquely tranquil corner of the Welsh Marches where AGA cooked breakfasts, deeply comfortable beds and delicious dinners are offered - a rural retreat with a difference!
Carolyn and Henry are proud owners of two AGA cookers a traditional 4 oven oil and also a new generation AGA Total Control 3 oven, both in classic cream which take pride of place opposite each other in the kitchen. Lower Buckton Country House truly is an AGA lover’s paradise.
Traditional Handmade Fruitcakes
As an AGA Approved Ambassador, Ursula is able to promote the versatility of her AGA range cooker and demonstrate how easy it is to use this beautiful iconic heat-storage cooker in the comfort of her own kitchen.
“Having cooked on an AGA for 24 years, it has become part of our family and is central to my successful home based business” – Ursula Evans
A Country Concept Store
The Old Dairy is called a Country Concept Store because somewhere within the place, which has a coffee shop, champagne bar, AGA kitchen and parlour, where pop-up suppers are served, and carefully chosen dealers sell antiques, vintage and interiors, there is truly a concept. The concept was born out of more than twenty years of dealing in architectural reclamation, and the owners, Keith and Lynne Allen, worked for the BBC as travel writers and radio journalists, travelling to various corners of Europe, and beyond. So, when they began serving food and drink, the remarkable hotels and restaurants they had visited over the years held them in good stead when it came to creating their own little place.
Quote – “As for our coffee shop it has blossomed into a haven for the best coffee for miles around, not to mention our delicious cakes and scones and our award winning jams and marmalades. The AGA kitchen and parlour is at the heart of everything now and it’s from here that all our food is cooked and baked, not only for the coffee shop but for our pop-up suppers too. We hope you will come and see us and enjoy it all”.
Amy took part in Masterchef 2007, she was a finalist in Gordon Ramsay's search for the next Fanny Cradock and since 2008 she has been giving cookery demonstrations. Amy is a regular cookery contributor to BBC Radio Lincolnshire and in 2011; she was a Local Food Hero on ITV1's Countryside Kitchen. She teaches jam, chutney, Christmas Pudding making, baking etc, and is also very proud to be a cookery judge at the fabulous Heckington Show, the country's largest village show. Amy has run cookery workshops with RHS in many lovely gardens as well as demonstrating cookery at the Lincolnshire showground's Christmas Food & Gift Fair. Amy also ran and presented Doddington Hall's 'Cooking in the Kitchen Garden' sessions. Amy runs cookery sessions at the AGA Shop in Lincoln (for everyone, regardless of what they cook on at home) and in April 2013 became an AGA Ambassador.
Amy says: “I'm a home cook. My skill - aside from the eating - is in communicating great ideas for great home cooking. I love sharing ideas about AGA cooking on my Total Control and tweeting them (@Amy_Claridge). The great thing about an AGA is that it inspires you to cook and the Total Control is very easy to cook on, bake in and live with.”
Phyl has been demonstrating for AGA for the past 12 years alongside her successful catering company, Stables Cuisine. Due to popular demand she has expanded the number of demo's that she offers and has also added some demo's for range cooker owners, offering delicious fresh food and real cooking but without all the worry and stress. The option is there to attend as an individual or come along as a group, in return Phyl promises a fun, informal few hours of cooking heaven!
Phyl says: “We all have busy lives today, with not enough time in the day, but we don't want to feed our families pre-packed meals. We want to know what's gone into our meals, but with the best will in the world we haven't got all day to spend in the kitchen”.
Artisan Pickles & Preserves and AGA Demonstrations
Sian Bennett runs Sianie's Kitchen from her home in Swanley, Kent, which she shares with her husband, their four boys, one dog, one cat, several chickens and three goldfish. Sian makes homemade pickles and preserves from home grown seasonal organic produce. As an AGA Ambassador, she runs bespoke AGA cookery demonstrations from home and can help you get the best from your AGA. Sianie's Kitchen pickles and preserves are unique artisan products, and they are entirely hand made in small batches from seasonal home grown produce. Sian uses her extensive AGA experience and skills to provide a bespoke catering and demonstration service.
Luxury Bed and Breakfast and Self-catering Barn Conversions
Jex Farm provides a charming mix of traditional and modern. The spacious self-catering accommodation, "Stable" and "Barn" are furnished and equipped to please the most discerning visitor with secure and private garden areas with views over meadows and woodlands. The luxurious Bed and Breakfast accommodation is situated in the Dairy, converted to conservation standards to provide three bedrooms all with en-suite facilities and still maintaining the fabric of Jex Farmhouse, which is a Grade II listed building, situated down a private drive in rural North Norfolk.
A freshly cooked AGA breakfast is always available to greet you first thing in the morning, using locally sourced Norfolk produce for a true farmhouse experience.
Holiday Cottages, Bed & Breakfast and British Boutique
Nick & Annabella Ware moved from London to the tiny village of Fulvy in June 2011 and became the owners of 'Le Petit Village' a 17th century property complete with two holiday cottages, and an empty shop unit, in the Yonne region of Burgundy. Along with the holiday cottages, they renovated and re-opened the shop as a British inspired boutique and tea room where Annabella serves home made scones and British classics, baked in the AGA of course! In keeping with the sense of Britishness, Nick & Annabella are the proud owners of an Iconic AGA Total Control cooker and are the first AGA Approved Ambassadors to be based in France.
Miranda Gore Browne achieved widespread acclaim as a finalist on the first series of BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off. She was highly praised for her home baking, which was described consistently as both delicious and beautiful. Miranda made a great impression with her “signature bake” biscuits in the form of perfectly dainty decorated shoes, pretty dresses and stylish handbags. Such was the success of the programme and the popularity of its stars that BBC2 commissioned a one-off programme for royal wedding week, The Great British Wedding Cake, which featured the three finalists from the first series.
Miranda’s first book, BISCUIT, was published by Ebury in Spring 2012 and features recipes for a tempting variety of biscuits, appealing to a wide spectrum of bakers, from those on their first forays into biscuit baking, to more confident cooks. Miranda’s second book, BAKE ME A CAKE AS FAST AS YOU CAN, was published by Ebury in August 2014. Miranda has recently launched a baking DVD (The Essential Guide : How to make the perfect afternoon tea) alongside TV presenter Sofie Allsop.
Miranda’s gorgeous white AGA Total Control is at the heart of her new light and bright kitchen cookery school where Miranda offers classes with herself and guest tutors, baking parties, foodie pop up days and corporate events.
With the help of her AGA Total Control, Miranda is happy to share her wealth of baking knowledge with you, share her love of baking memories and also show you how easy and simple baking your favourite things can be when using the world’s most iconic cooker.
‘Miranda is the iced biscuit queen’ – Mary Berry
Vineyard & Winery with Cookery School and Visitor Attractions
Kingscote Vineyard, Winery & Cookery School is set in the stunning West Sussex countryside just south of East Grinstead. Specialising in the production of English sparkling wine under the watchful eye of award winning wine maker Owen Elias, Kingscote Vineyards offers 50 acres of beautiful rolling hills allocated to the growth of the vines.
As part of this concept, Kingscote Vineyards also has a dedicated cookery school on site, which features a state of the art AGA Total Control 5 oven cooker.
Bed & Breakfast
Situated in Alwalton Peterborough, Orchard house is a grade II listed cottage offering luxury accommodation and a warm and friendly welcome. The grounds surrounding the cottage feature many apple trees from which the cottage and its rooms take their name. AGA cooked breakfasts are always available, including slow cooked AGA porridge, cooked overnight for a rich creamy taste.
Dining, Interiors and Residential
The reawakening of this grade II listed 18th century building into a retail and restaurant establishment was the brain child of local entrepreneur Iain Wilson, who came back to his roots after being introduced to the hospitality trade by the exact same building, which was formerly known as the Old Brewery House Hotel!
Alongside interior and home design brands such as Lambert & Tribe and Fired Earth, The Dial House also features the dedicated AGA room in which you can relax and enjoy a variety of AGA cooked items, including slow cooked Sunday roasts with all of the trimmings, afternoon tea, a daily changing selection of treats via the cake trolley and the comforting warmth being exuded by the AGA Total Control cooker.
Kitchen shop and AGA Cookery Demonstrations
Situated in Watlington, Oxfordshire, K is For Kitchen is where you will find, stylish cookware delicious cook ready meals, authentic Italian ice cream, cookery events and a working kitchen complete with a new generation AGA City60 cooker.
Why not pop in and pick up a cook ready meal, find a dinner party gift, update your kitchenware or have a chat with Amanda about her AGA City60 cooker
Country Cafe featuring AGA Baking, and Supper Club
The Harley Equestrian country lifestyle shop & café is the newest addition to the already successful equestrian retail outlet that can be found in Woodford Halse, Northants. You can purchase a range of home and lifestyle items, as well as anything and everything you could possibly require for your equestrian needs. You can also enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat in the café, with many of the items on the menu being cooked in the 5 Oven AGA Total Control cooker. An AGA City60 cooker has recently been introduced, and AGA themed supper clubs will be starting in January.
Paul and Ruth Kimber have been farming since 1973, continuing the family tradition at Charlton Musgrove in the lush pastures of the Blackmore Vale
underneath the shadow of Alfred’s tower, where the Kimber family have farmed for over 300 years.
The farm shop located between Bruton & Wincanton was officially opened in September 2014 and is an extension to the main farm in Charlton Musgrove in which the produce available to customers is farmed.
Kimbers farm shop also features a new generation AGA Total Control 3 oven cooker which takes pride of place on the shop floor and cooks a large array of the products available, to perfection.
Ruth is a passionate cook and has a natural and obvious affinity with ingredients, cooking and baking. She cooks for pleasure, enjoys growing her own vegetables, herbs and fruit and loves to cook for family and friends and has enjoyed running a pop-up restaurant at home for 35 people. Her enthusiasm is infectious and inspirational!
Using her 3 oven AGA, Ruth is always happy to show you how an AGA cooker works and also give you the opportunity to try AGA cooking out for yourself in the comfort of her very own home.
Rachel Walker is the food and drinks editor at Reader's Digest, freelance food writer and advisor. She has had work published in various nationals, from The Telegraph to Stylist, is a regular contributor to Great British Chefs and 'Fish on Friday' – a site run by The Guild of Fishmongers – and has done advisory work with brands such as Unilever and Kellog's.
Rachel lives with her husband in Bethnal Green, East London – an enjoyable stroll from AGA's latest Spitalfields shop – and enjoys running bespoke demonstrations on her new generation 3-oven, Total Control Pistachio AGA.
She was lucky enough to grow up with an AGA, in a version of 'The Good Life' based in rural south Leicestershire. Seasons were dictated by lambing, apple picking and bottling jams and chutney. Just because she is based in a more urban environment now, Rachel hasn't seen it any reason to change. She can be spotted foraging elderflower along Regent Canal in late spring, or smoking salmon on her yard smoker in autumn. To learn more about having an AGA in a city flat, don't hesitate to get in touch with her to find out more.