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Henry VIII's Kitchens

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Need some ideas for your own special feast? Then watch Henry VIII’s cooks create the most magnificent food in England!

  1. King’s Confectionery

    King’s Confectionery

    It is not just how the food tastes but how it looks which is important. See how the expert cooks of the King’s Confectionery use sculpted wax or even ultra expensive sugar to produce the finest delicacies.

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  2. Lighting a Tudor fire – without matches!

    Lighting a Tudor fire – without matches!

    Below stairs, the vast staff of Hampton Court Palace are getting ready for the big day. There are literally hundreds of fireplaces in the palace, but did you ever stop to think how fires like the huge cooking fire of the great kitchen were lit before the days of matches? Our master cook shows you how – don’t try this at home!

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  3. Show and tell with spices

    Show and tell with spices

    One of the best ways to show off your wealth and good taste is – by taste! Flavour your food with the most exotic spices imaginable, brought from half a world away on the backs of camels or in the groaning holds of merchant ships.

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  4. What the cooks wore and why

    What the cooks wore and why

    King Henry VIII is very particular about how his cooks dress. He doesn’t want guests who pop down for a snack running into anyone working naked or in rags. Appropriate Tudor shirts, hats and jackets should be worn at all times.

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  5. Turning the spit

    Turning the spit

    The big day wouldn’t be the same without a reception feast. We’ve heard it rumoured that King Henry VIII is a man who likes his food. Join the kitchen boys as they turn the spits. They could do with your help!

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