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Public lecture: The King’s Chocolate Kitchen

Posted: 24 September, 2015

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The Dublin Gastronomy Symposium invites you to a public lecture by Marc Meltonville, food historian at Royal Historic Palaces since 1991, on on ‘The Kings Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court Palace, London’.

The rebuild of Hampton Court Palace in the 1690s included a King’s Chocolate kitchen. This space became lost, as the different uses of many of the different rooms of the Palace became clouded in history.  Over the last couple of years, research at Historic Royal Palaces has uncovered the true position of this fascinating room and using the archaeology from the site, it has been reconstructed and some early recipes have been remade.

Come along to hear about this fascinating insight into food history:

Date:               Wednesday 7 October at 6.15 pm

Venue:             DIT Cathal Brugha Street

Price:               Free

Speaker profile:

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Marc Meltonville has worked in museums for over twenty years in education, exhibition design and more lately interpretation.  A chance meeting with a noted food historian led him to be involved with the first experiment with live historic cookery at Hampton Court in 1991.  Supposedly a one off project; Marc has worked with the Historic Royal Palaces ever since.

Since 2006 he has been based at Hampton Court working first on the research and representation of the Tudor kitchens and then a similar project to open the long lost Royal Kitchens at Kew Palace.  Lately he has been involved in the research and reconstruction of the King George I’s Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court.

These projects have seen him involved with numerous TV and radio programmes along with lecturing across the UK and North America.  Marc has also developed an interest in Historic Beverages and for the past three years he has worked in the 18th Century distillery at Mount Vernon, Virginia, hand-making whiskey using wood-fired stills.  This has added to an interest in ancient brewing and will perhaps lead to projects that reconstruct some marvellously old drinks!

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