Such is the expertise displayed by the guest chefs at Borough Market’s Demonstration Kitchen, it’s impossible for a single 90-minute slot to do much more than scratch the surface. Now, thanks to a new residency programme running in the Market Hall throughout the autumn, we’re going to have the chance to tap far more deeply into their vast repositories of culinary knowledge.
Throughout September, October, November and December four chefs will each take over the Demonstration Kitchen’s Thursday lunchtime session for an entire month, giving us the opportunity to explore their specialisms in far greater depth than ever before.
Starting the residencies with a bang was Roopa Gulati, and the subject of her September residency was one that demands the kind of scrutiny that this new programme provides: Indian regional cuisine. For the month of October, Hayden Groves was at the helm; his theme: autumn entertaining.
Reaching November, we were joined by Jenny Chandler, who looked to the great pulse eaters of the world for preparation tips, traditions, great dishes and inspiration and last but not least, Katherine Frelon will be showing us the ropes when it comes to Christmas in the kitchen in December.
Katherine is an English chef with her heart and business in the French countryside, where she runs cookery workshops from her Burgundy home, La Ferme de la Lochère. French cookery is Katherine’s focus, from bistro classics to haute cuisine - she gained experience in the patisserie section at Marc Meneau’s Michelin 2* restaurant L'Espérance. Over the course of three demonstrations Katherine will illustrate how to embrace the preparations and minimise the festive stress by following her simple and practical guide, culminating in Christmas lunch in the Market Hall.
Katherine's weekly themes will be:
Thursday 1st December: Edible gifts
The ultimate in luxury and thoughtfulness for family and friends. No less than eight recipes will bedemonstrated, including spiced cider bombs, chutney and chocolate bark.
Thursday 8th December: It's all in the planning
Whether you are cooking for a crowd or facing your first Christmas dinner in your own kitchen, cooking ahead is the answer to remaining cool and collected (and it keeps the washing up down too).
Thursday 15th December: The final countdown - 60 minutes in the kitchen on Christmas Day
From drinks and nibbles all the way through to the Christmas pudding and brandy butter - Katherine has worked it all out with military precision, so you really do not need to spend more than 60 minutes in your kitchen, when the day comes.
Join Katherine for tips, tastings and recipes every Thursday in December in the Market Hall, 12:30-2pm. For an even greater sneak peek at what's in store, read what happened when Lucy Charles joined Katherine in the Cookhouse for a residency preview.