Eshe’s Kitchen – The Big Reveal

written by Eshé Brown October 2, 2017

Eshe’s Kitchen: Ready, Steady… Cook!

This recipe makes one custom-made mobile kitchen

Cooking Time: 14 months

Ingredients:

  • 1 run down 1960s vintage Sprite caravan
  • 2 slightly mad but determined owners
  • A large dollop of vision
  • A gallon of determination
  • 2 highly talented craftsmen
  • A sprinkle of branding wizardry
  • A pinch of blood, sweat and tears
  • A generous helping of cash

Method:

  1. Cook up your dream – recommended location the top deck of a Berlin tour bus.
  2. Mix idea with caravans available on eBay – drinking wine can help speed up this process.
  3. Whip up to Leeds to collect caravan.
  4. Roll out the design – adjust until perfect.
  5. Place in the centre of a workshop to bake for 7 months on gas mark ‘let’s do this’.
  6. Check every few months to ensure dream is rising.
  7. Once thoroughly cooked decorate as required.
  8. Remove carefully and place in any location you like.

Im delighted to at last introduce you to my latest and most exciting project, Eshe’s Kitchen!Eshe's Kitchen, Foodie Eshé

When Simon and I came up with this madcap idea 18 months ago, as determined as I was to make it happen, I’m not sure I really believed we could do it. But, do it we did and it’s hard to express through words how thrilled I am with the result.

If you follow my blog regularly you will know just how much I love my food and that I have been lucky enough to dine at many of Brighton’s best restaurants. I’ll be honest though, whilst I love to cook myself and have a few signature dishes of my own I don’t think Michael Bremner or the team at Isaac At have anything to worry about just yet.

Unlike most kitchens of this nature, my plan isn’t to set up on Western Road or at festivals selling food. Eshe’s Kitchen will be my studio and I’ll be taking her on the road around Brighton, Sussex, the UK and hopefully next year, Europe. The idea is to meet fellow foodies and chefs and invite them to come and cook the dishes they are passionate about with me.

Equipment-wise the kitchen has a gas oven – big enough to roast a small chicken and a four burner gas hob. The fridge freezer runs off gas, electric and battery to ensure nothing melts whilst in transit. Two sinks are fed by a small hot water tank and bar some worktops and sockets to power gadgets – that’s it. A kitchen no different to the one you would find in your average studio flat.

At just 10 by 6 ft, Eshe’s Kitchen is teeny. Being small has its benefits though as the kitchen is fully portable, easy to manoeuvre and can operate anywhere. My aim is to take it to a variety of locations getting right out to where the food is produced, meeting the many talented people behind the products and cooking right there with them.

I’ll be writing and filming the dishes and posting them on the blog. So why not come and cook with me, or better still invite me to come to you with the kitchen and share your speciality dish with me. You will hopefully see me out and about with the kitchen around Brighton over the coming months so do come and say hi.

A BIG thank you

I have a lot of people to thank for how beautifully the kitchen has turned out and the first of those is the guys behind Propellernet (Jim, Jack & Nikki), who began it all when they donated funds towards the project after I won the Dream Ball in 2015.

I also owe everything to Richard & Lyn from The English Caravan Company. These people have gone above and beyond to make the kitchen look professional and when you step inside and see her close-up it’s evident they are experts in what they do. From the finish to the design – it’s all been carefully considered and executed to the highest standard.

Towards the end of the project, we began to run out of money but we needed to buy the flooring still. Thankfully, Carpetright stepped in and offered me the perfect solution – industrial grade slate grey flooring with silver flecks that complimented the interior beautifully.

All that was needed to finish off the exterior was my branding and that’s where the very talented Melanie Sramek-Bennett worked her magic, revamping the Foodie Eshé logo and designing the branding for each side of Eshe’s Kitchen.

Now she’s finished on the outside, I’m testing out how she feels when I’m cooking in her and working out what equipment I do and don’t need. Lakeland has teamed up with me to help with this and I’ll be sharing what kitchen equipment I’ve decided on, and why, in a follow-up post with shoppable images.

For now though, this is how she’s looking and I’d love to hear what you all think!

21 comments

Tasha October 2, 2017 - 10:58 AM

Looks amazing! Can’t wait to follow your journey! xx

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Eshé Brown October 6, 2017 - 7:19 AM

Thank you Tasha! I can’t wait to go! Xx

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Emma Betty October 2, 2017 - 12:03 PM

THIS IS JUST SO EXCITING! So happy for you, looking forward to seeing it in action xx

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Fresh Food Nut October 2, 2017 - 12:11 PM

Brilliant! Love the branding looks great and it’s been great hearing your journey. Looking forward to hearing all about the chefs you invite into the caravan Well done x

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Eshé Brown October 6, 2017 - 7:21 AM

Thank you so much. I was very lucky I found Melanie Sramek-Bennett to help with the branding! I’m just doing a few practises in her myself with the video cam and then we’ll be inviting the chefs in! X

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Holly Shannon October 2, 2017 - 12:16 PM

It looks absolutely amazing and how incredible you’re following your dream!! I can’t wait to see this round Brighton xx

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Ellie Seymour October 2, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Well done Eshe – exciting times ahead!

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Eshé Brown October 6, 2017 - 7:22 AM

Thank you Ellie, yes very! I’ll have to get your advice for some secrets spots to film in Brighton! X

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Gemma October 2, 2017 - 9:05 PM

Eshe this is absolutely beautiful sweetie. Such a lovely project. Be sure to stop by the yoga retreat I work at in Spain to cook some vegan/vegetairian food and taste the wonderful local organic produce and maybe we can find some local Andalusian chefs to cook with you too. Send me an email, take care sweetie x x

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Dan Flanagan October 2, 2017 - 9:41 PM

You go girlfriend!

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Eshé Brown October 6, 2017 - 7:23 AM

Thanks Dan! Hope all is well with you and the kids

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Tracy October 2, 2017 - 10:28 PM

So very glad to see your dream becoming reality . Very much looking forward to following your journey . X ENJOY IT . X

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Eshé Brown October 6, 2017 - 7:25 AM

Thank you Tracy – it’s been fun all along he way, even with some of the more difficult parts! X

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Sarah Wadmore October 3, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Eshe this is just spectacular and has exceeded all of my expectations. So happy to see you start this delicious journey and can’t wait to see what’s next 🙂

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Eshé Brown October 6, 2017 - 7:26 AM

Yeahhhh I did it!! Thank you for all the moral support along the way darling and making me realise I could do it all. Your kindness and support won’t go forgotten xx

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Jack Hubbard October 3, 2017 - 4:16 PM

I’m welling up just reading this. I loved your idea when you first told me and I’m just gobsmacked at how you have brought it to life. Huge congratulations Eshe. Very proud of you. Look forward to catching up again soon xx

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Eshé Brown October 6, 2017 - 7:18 AM

Aw Jack that’s so sweet it’s all down to your amazing dreamball! I know what you mean too because I feel the same. I was just so determined for this to be something I actually finished – not just an idea! And well, here she is looking better than I could of imagined! I’ll drop you an email too – I feel like we have so much to catch up on! Xx

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Sammy October 4, 2017 - 9:46 PM

Eshé it looks so beautiful! So pleased for you, and this is so exciting!

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Eshé Brown October 6, 2017 - 7:27 AM

Thank you Sammy! When we get our act together and organise the launch party you must come! X

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Sam Z October 5, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Awesome work Eshe! It looks AMAZING! So happy for you. Keep us posted of where you are setting up and if you fancy cooking up a lunch outside Propellernet Towers I know you’ll have a queue round the block

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Fiona October 19, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Wow she looks incredible eshe! I am so incredibly excited for you ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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