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Culinary expert welcomed to Blists Hill Victorian Town for Christmas cooking demonstrations (5th December 2011)

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are set to welcome culinary expert Simon Smith to Blists Hill Victorian Town for a series of live cooking demonstrations this Christmas. These special cooking demonstrations will take place during the weekends of 10 – 11 and 17 – 18 December as part of the Museums’ Victorian Christmas events which will also feature Father Christmas and his reindeer, brass bands and a Punch and Judy show.

Since training in Switzerland and Paris, Simon’s worldwide culinary career has spanned four decades. He has worked as Chef Saucier at ‘The Inn on The Park’ on Park Lane, London, catered for 4,000 at a wedding in New York and was the chef at Thrales Restaurant in Lichfield for 23 years.  Simon has also appeared on several television programmes including ‘This Morning’ and ‘Market Kitchen.’ His appearance at Blists Hill Victorian Town marks the end of a year of cooking demonstrations throughout Europe including the Ludlow Food Festival, the Garrick Theatre, Lichfield and Arcen Castle, Holland.

Visitors to these light-hearted demonstrations will witness Simon creating a range of historical dishes including ginger and wine syllabub, strawberry and peppercorn pancakes and a 14th century dish named Mumbled Rabbit all of which are taken from his book ‘Simmering Through the Ages,’ which will be available to buy. There will be four shows per day each lasting for half-an-hour with questions welcomed from members of the audience.

John Challen, Operations Manager at Blists Hill Victorian Town commented: “Wonderful food is an important part of everyone’s Christmas celebrations; we are really excited to welcome Simon to Blists Hill’s Christmas weekends to offer some seasonal ideas and handy hints.”

Blists Hill will be open from 10am to 4pm during the Victorian Christmas weekends with the cooking demonstrations starting from 10.30am each day. Tickets are priced at £14.95 for adults, £11.95 for 60 Plus and £9.95 for children aged between 5 and 16. New for 2011 is a Family ticket to the event for two adults and two children priced at £45. Ironbridge Gorge Museum Annual Passports are not valid for admission to this event. For more details about the Ironbridge Gorge Museums call 01952 433424, or for information on Simon Smith visit