Mrs Bridges… Cook… or Kate to a very select few, began her life ‘in service’ as an under cook to ‘respectable’ families in the countryside of Victorian England. From those early days, she began collecting recipes - or receipts as they were then called - and her repertoire spanned from simple country cooking, to dishes in the fine French fashion. Kate Bridges earned the honorary title of ‘Mrs’ Bridges when she became Cook to one of the leading Edwardian families, and London socialites, Lady and Richard Bellamy. During her time at 165 Eaton Place, London, SW1, Mrs Bridges devised elaborate menus and cooked for some of the leading figures in the capital including the Monarch King Edward.
Mrs Bridges collected her receipts for dishes which would grace regal banquets - as well as ‘below the stairs’ suppers. Inspired by the works of Mrs Beeton - and encouraged by her employer Lady Marjorie - Mrs Bridges drew her receipts into a book called "Practical Household Cookery" which was published in 1905.
Mrs Bridges was immortalised in the long running 1970's series ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ where, along with the Butler Mr Hudson, she reigned ‘downstairs.’