Historic Royal Palaces.
I was first asked to cook in the Tudor kitchens of Hampton Court when they first opened to show how they might have looked in the time of Henry VIII.
This began a twenty five year job as Royal Palace food historian.
Our mission was simple. To use the space, the recipes and the recreated equipment to try and produce meals the like of which would have graced the tables of the Royal Court of Henry VIII.
Along the way we learnt so much that was new and put to bed many stories that turned out not to be so.
The kitchens of Hampton Court remain a unique survival from the 16th century. The largest surviving kitchens of their type in Europe. I have been so lucky to be involved with countless cookery experiments there over the years. Many of the meals we serve have a special place in my memory.
I did not stay in the Tudor kitchens though. In those years I was lucky enough to be part of the team that reconstructed the Royal Kitchens at Kew Gardens, the Kings Chocolate kitchen at Hampton Court and work on food offers and presentations at the Tower of London, Kensington Palace and Hillsborough Castle.
The kitchens of Hampton Court now only cook in a limited capacity.