Alexis Soyer: Victorian Celebrity Chef
Alexis Soyer was Victorian Britain’s most famous chef. Born in France he popularised French cooking in Britain and democratised food with his soup kitchens and work in the Crimea. Join our exhibition Co-Curator, Pen Vogler, to learn more about this fascinating figure who like Dickens shared a concern for the poor.
Pen Vogler is a food historian specialising in food in literature and guest curator of the exhibition Food Glorious Food: Dinner with Dickens. She is also author of Dinner with Mr Darcy, Tea with Jane Austen, Dinner with Dickens and Christmas with Dickens, and edited Penguin’s Great Food series, published by Penguin Classics in 2011. She has written on food in history and literature for The Guardian Review, BBC History Magazine, Sunday Times, The Lady Magazine, The Oldie, The Observer. She has cooked recipes from the past for Radio 4’s PM and Making History, Mrs Dickens Family Christmas on BBC2 and been interviewed for a number of papers and podcasts. She has given talks and tastings at festivals and events throughout Britain.
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