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Wow, he really gets his hands right in there. Yikes!I've been to Hampton Court Palace - the kitchens are absolutely huge. Much larger than the dining rooms they serve. I had no idea those burners could be operated with such precision, I thought the ones that I saw were used for bulk work and the really fine stuff took place somewhere else. Guess not! If you ever get a chance to tour that place, by all means go. It's an amazing building and a really, really well presented tour. You'll come out with a real picture of what court life looked like. The Royal School of Needlework still operates out of a suite of rooms there as well, if you have any interest in embroidery it's a world-class facility and not to be missed.
I have a great book about the re-creation of those kitchens called All the King's Cooks. It's a fascinating read. It's also a good example of why living history is better than just studying it. Jim Murrey
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwr68gROYM0&feature=relmfufind more of the same type of videos at the above link...
I could almost smell the various substances burning as he set each one on fire. Much nicer than gas or electric!--Swift Loris
Concerning your question about a television program. It appears that these videos are produced by a charity called Historic Royal Palaces that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and the Banqueting House. I don't believe that there is an associated television program.
Thank you, nolandda. I've bookmarked it for possible future harvesting.
Although this appears to have been from a TV program, if you happen to be visiting Hampton Court, there's always at least one person (in full costume) cooking in there - usually more. They're fantastically well-informed on food history, and a real pleasure to talk to.(The kitchen people are much, much more fun than the bloke dressed up as Henry VIII.)