Lecture: Horse Meat at the Waldorf
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30 January 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
- Late Shift||Lecture
by Florence Enid Stoddard
Rats in the stockpot, cockroaches in the larder, Fascists in the banqueting suite. Matthew Sweet shares the kitchen secrets of London’s grand hotels, and introduces some of its most prominent personalities - from Francois Latry at the Savoy (who braised turbot in vintage burgundy for Conan Doyle, and sealed a baby’s cot inside an Easter egg) to Maurice Percevault at Claridge’s (who lost an eye in an incident that was possibly military, possibly culinary). It’s the story of those traditional enemies, chefs and waiters, united against a common enemy – the people dining above their heads. As one wartime Dorchester employee put it: “We hoped the bombs would kill our customers.”
Matthew Sweet is a writer and broadcaster with a doctorate in Wilkie Collins. He presents Night Waves, Freethinking and Sound of Cinema on BBC Radio 3 and The Philosopher’s Arms and The Film Programme on BBC Radio 4. His books include Inventing the Victorians, Shepperton Babylon and The West End Front.
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