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Serving Winston: the life of Churchill's Cook with Annie Gray

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There are around 1000 biographies of Winston Churchill, lauding his character and his deeds. Very few point out that it is much easier to be a leading statesman if you have someone behind you, picking up your pants. But, up until now, Winston’s servants have been largely invisible, including the crucial figure of his favourite cook.

Georgina Landemare cooked for the Churchills for over 14 years, but she was an established society chef before she came to No.10 in 1940. This talk will cover her life, her times, and the food she cooked. We’ll look at life as a private chef in the roaring twenties, the impact of rationing on upper class food, and the relationship she had with her many illustrious employers. The talk is both a celebration of a determined cook, and a reminder that behind every great man lies a woman who can make a mean custard.

Annie Gray is a food historian. She’s the author of The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria, among many other books. She’s also a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet.

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