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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find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here 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 our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

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.