Culinary Anthropologist


  1. Secret Kitchen, Fri 20th & Sat 21st Jan 2017 – Unclean January

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    My menus are inspired by my culinary travels, the seasons and the ingredients I love. Each menu tells a story. Sometimes I collaborate with other chefs or anthropologists to create a particularly special menu. Often the menu for the Secret Kitchen is kept secret until the night of the event. Just let us know in good time if you have any special dietary requirements.

    This month we will share a midwinter feast with the theme of Unclean January. Make of that what you will…

    We will start with cocktails and canapés, then sit at communal tables. Guests bring their own wine, for which I will provide suggestions with the help of wine writer Victoria Moore.

    Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you make your booking. We can offer a vegetarian menu, but please be sure to check with us if you have other requirements. Due to the nature of this particular menu we cannot cater for vegan, gluten free or dairy free diets this time.

    Event:Secret Kitchen
    Date(s):Friday 20th & Saturday 21st January 2017
    Time:7.30pm - 11pm
    Location:London N5 (Arsenal tube 2 mins walk)
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  2. Cooking Club, Tues 13th & Weds 14th Jan 2015

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    The Cooking Club is a monthly series of classes that you can dip in and out of as you please. At each class we cook a seasonal vegetarian supper, the stars of which are Riverford‘s beautiful organic vegetables and fruits. This class is perfect for those who want to eat seasonally and are after a little recipe inspiration (as well as a fun night out).

    Classes are usually held on the second Tuesday and/or Wednesday of the month, 7pm-10pm. We cook together for a couple of hours – learning different culinary techniques each month – and then sit to enjoy a convivial dinner around the kitchen table with wine.

    Come in January for inspiration for cooking seasonal stars such as parsnips, Brussels sprouts, celeriac, Jerusalem artichokes and oranges.  The exact menu is usually set at the last minute so that the best seasonal produce available from Riverford at the time can be used, and so as to ensure that returning guests learn something new.

    I couldn’t speak more highly of Anna’s cooking class.  We learnt some great new flavour combinations and ways of using seasonal vegetables.  Very fun and friendly!

    The Cooking Club was such GREAT fun and DELICIOUS … I very much look forward to coming back.

    Last night was fantastic.  Was completely inspired by what we cooked and that I could potentially do that all at home!  Really had a good evening – thank you.

    Event:Cooking Club
    Date(s):Tues 13th & Weds 14th January 2015
    Time:7pm - 10pm
    Location:London N5
    Price:£50 per person per class. Or £135 for 3 Cooking Club class places
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  4. Paella Nights, Tues 4th & Weds 5th February 2014

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    riceclass.jpegJoin Catalan culinary expert Rachel McCormack and Anna for a Spanish rice masterclass.  We will cover three very different techniques for cooking rice, all traditional in Spain, and then enjoy our creations for dinner with wine and a delicious dessert.  If you’ve always wanted to perfect your paella, this is the class for you!


    Valencian paella with chicken & rabbit

    Catalan rice with octopus

    Aros al forno with pork ribs and black pudding

    Hazelnut croquante with hazelnut soup and vanilla ice cream


    hazelnut.jpegRachel is originally from Scotland but spent most of her twenties living in Barcelona, where she caught the Catalan obsession with food.  She now lives in London where she teaches cooking classes, runs food markets and writes about food.  She is also a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, for which Anna works as food consultant behind the scenes (having had the idea for the show).


    This event will be in Anna’s home teaching kitchen and is limited to just 8 guests.

    Event:Paella Nights
    Date(s):Tues 4th & Weds 5th February 2014
    Time:10am - 4pm
    Location:London N5
    Price:£80, or two places for £144 (includes dinner with wine)
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