Cookery Theatre

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Project by Brit posted 05-23-2016 12:43 AM 1545 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this cookery theatre for the food festival we hold in our village each year. Local companies wanted around £2000 for the hire of just the kitchen island for a day (delivered, assembled and collected), so the committee decided to make one and asked me if I would take it on. Along with the kitchen island, I also built the 16ft x 8ft scenery wall to act as a backdrop.

The kitchen island consists of 4 store bought flat pack base units that I assembled and bolted together. I then made a kick board and clad the sides and front of the units with MDF boards machined to look like tongue and groove panels. The four corner posts (which are purely decorative) are made from clear pine. The rear posts are screwed on from the inside, but I couldn’t screw the front posts on from the inside, so they are each held on with 8 rare earth magnets. The worktop is 9ft of solid oak. I rounded the corners, chamfered the edges top and bottom and cut out the holes for the hob and pop-up electrical sockets. I used the hob cut out to make a chopping board.

The MDF panels, pine corner posts, kickboard and scenery wall are finished with duck egg blue kitchen emulsion and the oak worktop is finished with 4 coats of Danish oil top and bottom. The third coat was de-nibbed with a 320 nylon abrasive pad and the fourth coat rubbed out with a non-abrasive nylon pad.

Here are some photos of the theatre in use on the day. There were a number of shows throughout the day by 4 or 5 celebrity chefs and also a kids kitchen.

The cookery theatre is only part of the event. Here are some shots of the rest of the activities that were taking place outside. Last year was a gorgeous sunny day and we had about 10,000 people attending. This year was overcast with light rain for all but 4 hours and only about 4,000 people attended. Unfortunately the weather is the only thing we can’t control so we just roll with it.

The town crier announced all the events throughout the day in olde English.

Entertainment ran all day in two tents – one at each end of the street.

There were children’s entertainers and activities like body zorbing, water roller and climbing wall…

...and lots of wonderful food.

Thanks for looking.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#1 posted 05-23-2016 02:06 AM

Splendid work Andy. Sorry you had soggy weather. Looks like a great festival, I would have had fun for sure. Thanks for sharing all the photos!

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 05-23-2016 02:42 AM

Kick ass job on the demo kitchens Andy.
Thanks for the festival pics, wish I could have been there.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#3 posted 05-23-2016 08:43 AM

Well done Andy. Despite the weather I’m sure everybody enjoyed the day and worthy causes benefited from everyone’s efforts.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#4 posted 05-23-2016 12:31 PM

Great stuff Andy and I bet it was made at a fraction of the cost of the other and it can be stored away and freshened up for next year and the next etc. Despite the weather it looks like it was a good day out

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#5 posted 05-23-2016 03:02 PM

Well done Andy, too bad about the rain.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#6 posted 05-23-2016 03:52 PM

Great work Andy! Festival looks like a blast. Hopefully there’s a smaller project for next year on your agenda.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 05-23-2016 04:17 PM

Looks like it turned out great. Lots of good pictures too.

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#8 posted 05-23-2016 05:11 PM

Thanks for the great comments guys. The day did go well considering the inclement weather and reduced attendance levels. The cookery theatre received a lot of praise on the day. It is all packed away in storage now ready for next year.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#9 posted 05-24-2016 07:44 PM

Now I am Hungry .

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#10 posted 05-24-2016 07:57 PM

I know what you mean Richard. On the day I was a marshal dressed in my high-vis jacket and carrying a walkie- talkie. As I walked along the line taking those photos all the vendors kept giving me free food and thanking me for looking after them. It was hard to refuse.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 05-24-2016 11:16 PM

Great job! Thank you for the photos.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 05-25-2016 01:11 PM

Great work Andy, very professional looking results!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 05-25-2016 02:57 PM

Wonder result with the cooking center Andy. The food fair looked delicious. It seems that you live in a great community. As for the rain you experienced they say here in Norway “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes”

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 05-25-2016 06:21 PM

Thanks guys. Mike, I definitely had some bad clothes when it came to breaking everything down. I got soaked to the skin. :-(

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 06-23-2016 03:53 PM

James Martin …eat your heart out!
Well done.

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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