King's Worcester

30 November

BBC Radio 4 Record The Kitchen Cabinet in College Hall

College Hall hosted Jay Rayner and the crew and panellists of the Radio 4 programme The Kitchen Cabinet. This show which addresses culinary matters in a light-hearted and informative way was performed in front of a packed audience of foodies from all around the region in College Hall.

All audience members were asked to submit questions to the panel and, despite rushing straight from Hockey Club, Lower Remove (Year 9) pupil, Florence Edmonds’ question was selected. Florence just had chance to catch her breath and was up first. As the programme will not be broadcast until Saturday 6th January, the exact subject of Florence’s question cannot be divulged but suffice to say it was a very interesting question to which the four panellists (including Andi Oliver a BBC Master Chef judge and restaurateur and Tim Hayward, a food journalist and restaurant critic) responded to with interest and erudition.

Also in the audience were Henry Sandon, who is a notable authority on Worcester Royal Porcelain. Henry spoke a little about Worcester Royal Porcelain and jokingly valued a platter (not a Royal Worcester piece) brought along by Tim Hayward as being worth only about ‘seven and six’! The audience and panel were also treated to a short history of the accidental discovery of the Worcestershire Sauce recipe created in the 19th century by chemists John Wheeley Lea and William Henry Perrins.

The evening was very interesting. To witness the making of a popular Radio 4 programme from a behind the scenes perspective certainly added to the enjoyment. Three King’s Sixth Formers, Archie Jury, William Kelly and Sam Ness did a superb job on the evening welcoming the audience, checking tickets and collecting in questions, ensuring that the evening ran smoothly.