King’s Kitchen

Here’s an idea…

Create a culinary show focusing on the cooking methods, foods and locations of the royalty of the world.

How did the king’s cook prepare and feed hundreds of people throughout history?

What foods and utensils and methods were employed to feed the kings and queens and their retinue during the Middle Ages? The age of enlightenment? Ancient Rome? Ancient Egypt? Ancient Africa? What of the Asian kings?

How do you cook for dozens and dozens in those stone kitchens using those primitive tools. What secrets did they employ? What spices the they leverage? What unsavory bits did they sneak in or die from?

The current culinary scene is all good and well, filled with sus-vide meats, nitrogen foams, exotic presentations and weird combinations. But I think the cooking done in bygone days might be more interesting.

I think there are hundreds of venues, subjects, techniques and ingredients that would be fascinating to learn about. And… actually performing the foraging, the market going, the preparation, the cooking and the serving — IN THESE LOCATIONS… Well, I think that would be a captivating show. Imagine if one would be allowed to enter and use kitchens within the castles of Britain? Or France or anywhere in Europe? Imagine cooking for the kings of Mayan or Incan culture, or at least simulating it, but on the steps of Coba or Telume. How about preparing a feast in the deserts of Egypt? Or Tanzania?

I think if one could start small, local, a few castles in England say, then build an audience…

What’s needed however is someone with an obvious robust nature. Good butchering skills. Not afraid of uncommon foods and their preparation. Someone with a fair amount of experience but not caught up in haught-cuisine. Someone down to earth and able to explain, learn, flub-up now and then and open to giving-it-a-go.

King’s Kitchen sounds like a fun project no?

 

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