Well let me tell you I’m a big fan of Queen Vic so was super excited to be part of this amazing project for the BBC, to be aired on BBC Two on 21st December 2018.
I was asked by successful food writer & chef Sophie Wright (and incidentally a former student of mine), to help create the food which as you can see from the gallery below was quite extensive. We teamed up with Ian Sutton who has worked with me on many projects, and the wonderful, highly knowledgable food historian Annie Gray who advised us on all of the food as it should be portrayed for this Royal feast.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s wedding banquet consisted of many extravagant dishes of which we did about eighteen!
Filming was done at Westminster Kingsway College and at the most wonderful of venues the stunningly beautiful Holkham Hall.
Working in venues like Holkham is highly challenging as they are not really set up for these big banquets: the dining rooms certainly are but the kitchens are down little corridors and many stairs. I cannot quite imagine how it all came together back in 1800’s.
Fortunately, we did use a modern kitchen for all of the preparation and finished off in the old kitchens of Holkham which are now predominantly for visitors only.
So logistics are always a huge consideration but when the final results are there before you in the magnificently dressed dining rooms we know we have done a good job!