Edge Hotel School is the toast of the roast

Edge Hotel School at Wivenhoe House has hit the headlines and TV screens for its work on the science behind the perfect roast potato.

Working with the maths department at Samuel Whitbread School in Shefford, the students proved that roast potatoes were crunchier and tastier if they are cut at 30 degree angles, increasing the surface area by 65 per cent, rather than the traditional method of halving and quartering them.

Their innovative approach captured the media’s attention and interest gathered pace after the story appeared on MailOnline. The story was picked up  across the UK, including The Times and the Daily Mirror and BBC Radio. Students  Ross Hastings and Elysabeth Yates were a star turn on ITV’s This Morning and the science behind the successful experiment was the top story on BBC Three’s website.

Of course we are now serving the ‘Edge cut’ potatoes in the brasserie!

Watch the original pitch to Heston below

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By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

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By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.