The Peoples Kitchen

So what is the Peoples Kitchen?

Well the Peoples Kitchen is a new enterprise in Trim started by two local lads, Conor Murphy and David Farrelly and it’s feicin brilliant! In a nutshell they host a themed night in a local restaurant, The Stockhouse, and the participants get to prepare their own food before sitting down to eat it.
In their own words “The People’s Kitchen is a new dining experience. It’s about learning new cookery skills, tasting new foods, making new friends and having some fun!!┬áHaving a meal in The People’s Kitchen will be like no other dining experience you’ve had before. You will get to play a role in preparing the meal, learning new skills and having some fun along the way. You will of course get to taste new foods, and compare different recipes.”
I can certainly testify to the fun part of it as myself and Lorraine (we’re a double act now) had the pleasure of photographing last nights dining experience which was an Italian theme. So with the Head Chef John “Totti” Rudwick on the food and under the watchful eye of the Godfather, Mick Hughes the evening got under way. John showed us how to prepare the starter of Antipasti.

Chef demonstrating cooking at peoples kitchen
Chef John doing his thing….

At this stage the guests have been broken up into random teams of 4 or 5 and each team takes turns in preparing their own platters of starters while Head Chef John is keeping a close eye on them. He’s also secretly scoring them! One overly eager chap (or maybe he was just hungry) had to be reminded it was only a starter and not a feast in it’s own right!

Preparing a starter of antipasti at peoples kitchen
Preparing the starter….

Once the starters were done it was on to the messy business of chicken fillet preparation which involved sharp knives, mayo and breadcrumbs so it was time to don the aprons. This was where difference in sexes began to show. While the wimmin had no trouble with the aprons…….

Aprons on at Peoples Kitchen
Aprons on…..

The lads struggled to get to grips with them…….

Trying to put on apron at peoples kitchen
Which way is up?

Once the intricacies of putting the apron was sorted it was time to get the hands dirty. Well not dirty in the dirty sense of the word, but messy with chicken fillets, mayonnaise, breadcrumbs and various herbs. Everyone had to prepare their own fillet and then coat it before cooking.

Coating chicken in peoples kitchen
Coating the chicken

All of this was again taking place under the watchful eye of our Head Chef “Totti” and our heavily armed Godfather (we won’t mention the gun) and scores were being kept. Eventually everyone finished and each team had a platter of beautiful chicken fillets ready for cooking.

Chicken fillets at peoples kitchen
Chicken at the ready…

So before the cooking started there was one last job for the chef and that was to demonstrate how the dessert was made. Apparently something to do with digging holes in a pear and wine. As I never eat desserts I only got the wine part…….

Preparing dessert at peoples kitchen
Wine. I’m sure he mentioned wine…

At this point it was time to sit down and tuck into the starters which the guests had prepared earlier and for John to start cooking the main course down in the kitchen. Wouldn’t be the Peoples Kitchen without a kitchen!

Cooking at peoples kitchen
Hot in the kitchen…

So once the cooking was done there was no more to do other than eat, drink and be merry. Everyone sat down to enjoy the meal they had prepared along with some nice Italian wine and more importantly some Irish craic and banter.

Craic at the peoples kitchen
Enjoying the craic…..

This is an evening not to be missed. The lads at Peoples Kitchen plan on running these nights on a regular basis and in fact the next one is going to be a Spanish Tapas night, so we’re looking forward to that. Kudos have to go to Chef John, Orlagh, Mick and Carmel of the Stockhouse and to Conor and David for putting it together. It’s a super idea and a brilliant night out so check out their facebook page and keep an eye out for upcoming events.

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Author: Denis O'Donovan

Photographer. Professional Killer. Angler.