Eshe’s Kitchen: Ready, Steady… Cook!
This recipe makes one custom-made mobile kitchen
Cooking Time: 14 months
- 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
- Cook up your dream – recommended location – the top deck of a Berlin tour bus.
- Mix idea with caravans available on eBay – drinking wine can help speed up this process.
- Whip up to Leeds to collect caravan.
- Roll out the design – adjust until perfect.
- Place in the centre of a workshop to bake for 7 months on gas mark ‘let’s do this’.
- Check every few months to ensure dream is rising.
- Once thoroughly cooked decorate as required.
- Remove carefully and place in any location you like.
I‘m delighted to at last introduce you to my latest and most exciting project, Eshe’s Kitchen!
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!