Whenever I watch cooking shows, which is quite often given I am a self-confessed cooking show addict, I am seriously impressed by the chefs’ abilities to cook and talk at the same time. I can cook reasonably well and I can talk extremely well, but together? Nope, no can do. When I’m in the kitchen, I’m focused on one thing only and woe betide anyone who comes to hover or even worse, ask questions…
So as I was saying, the talking and cooking thing impresses me, even more so when I am seeing it unfold in the flesh, or in real life… in case you filthy-minded foodies needed me to clarify. On the telly, it’s pretty cool but I figured they can practise a few times and film a few takes which some production whizz will seamlessly stitch together later on. But live, there are no retakes… and when chefs like Jeremy Lee just do it all so effortlessly, I’m torn between being wide-eyed in awe and plain green with envy. Why can’t I do that?!
Another year, another five days of London’s foodies flocking to Regent’s Park to overindulge in their favourite past-time of wining and dining. Naturally, we were right at home at Taste of London. And we’ve been before so we knew the drill… over thirty of London’s top restaurants dishing up small plates of their finest food, over 200 exhibitors plying you with samples of their delectable goods, and a myriad of cooking demonstrations, masterclasses and entertainment! You can go in the afternoon or evening, (or both as I’m sure some greedy guts did), where each session gives you about four hours to stuff yourself silly with anything from sliders to ceviches, as well as all those little tasters from well known food companies and artisan producers.
Between bites, cooking skills could be sharpened at the AEG Taste Theatre where chefs such as Scott Hallsworth of Kurobuta or Thomasina Miers of Wahaca showed off some of their techniques or you could even stop into the Wild Kitchen and Mr Vine Wine Kitchen. Foodies who wanted to get their hands dirty could do so at the AEG Let’s Taste Live Cooking experience, learning how to whip up wontons and ribs with School of Wok, while those of us lazy gluttons just continued grazing, stopping every now and then for some music at the Bandstand, a spot of petanque at the Baranis Bar, or just continued weaving around the event to walk off some calories and make room for more!