So, I got invited to an exclusive event with Tom Kerridge. I read that email and my eyes widened. I mean, Tom Kerridge, yes, The Tom Kerridge, Michelin Star Chef.
FREE BEER AND FOOD COOKED BY MICHELIN STAR CHEF TOM KERRIDGE THANKS TO GREENE KING IPA’s ‘HOPPODROME’
Celebrate the end of the summer months with a beer, food and music extravaganza in collaboration with Michelin star chef Tom Kerridge of the Hand and Flowers and Greene King IPA, one of the leading pub and brewing companies in the UK. Hosted in style at The Crabtree, London on 11th September the exclusive event will see Tom Kerridge cook up a storm on his dynamic cooking and sound station, The Hoppodrome, creating the ultimate in pub experiences.
The one-of-a-kind pop-up event for beer and food lovers, will see guests sitting back and being treated to delicious bites cooked by one of the country’s leading gastro-chefs Tom Kerridge, along with refreshing pints of Greene King IPA…
This highly exclusive and intimate event is taking place to launch Greene King IPA’s ‘To The Pub’ campaign, which champions the Great British Greene King pub and all of the moments, big and small, that occur in them every day.
VENUE: The Crabtree, Rainville Road, Fulham, London, W6 9HA
DATE: Friday 11th September 2015
Don’t you just love emails that end with, “would you like to attend”. In your head you are thinking, “ehn, before nko”, what am I doing that I won’t attend. I also asked if I could bring a plus one and because it was so exclusive, they said sorry it isn’t possible. I braved Central London traffic and expensive parking charges to attend this event, I even got dressed and slapped on some makeup. Lol. I always like including DKTribers in events like this, and it is a great opportunity to meet you guys in person, so when I got to the door I asked again if my friend could come along and they said sure, some people cancelled at the last minute. That is how I met Bernadette the amazing photographer behind the IG account @missbenedetto. Gosh, she takes amazing pictures of Nigerian food andyup, I have commissioned her to work with me on a project for next year. Three hearty cheers for Networking.
It was fantastic to sit in the garden of the pub and watch Tom cook. It felt so surreal. I had only seen this man on TV, and here he was cooking 2 feet from me.
Such a lovely man, he served us food himself, and took like 100 pictures with everybody.
Here’s one with me. The other picture where he gave me a thumbs up, will show up in the cookbook, I promise.
The event was attended by media types, food bloggers and food photographers. I had quite the conversation with a food photographer who has worked on cookbooks before, and she schooled me real good on the process of hiring a professional to shoot for your cookbook. Did you know that they sometimes shoot 11 dishes per day, and sometimes all the pictures taken for a cookbook is shot across 3 – 5 days with the photographer earning £750 per day!!!!! I almost choked. She said most times the publisher pays for the photographer, because most people can’t afford it. I was like yikes!!!!! Time to get out the Canon and start practising how to shoot professional food pictures, because I can’t imagine cooking 11 creative Nigerian dishes for my cookbook in one day. Definitely not possible, but it was good to hear about the process.
It was an evening of good food and great company. One I won’t forget in a hurry.
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