I had a chance to talk with chef Margot Henderson of Rochelle Canteen.
How do you feel about taking part in collaborative events with fashion, architecture, film and conversation?
Well its an exciting project and it seems to be working, lots of exciting people coming, it’s been great working with the kitchen here, great team, and having April was perfect, very exciting. I think it’s about making things work and having a certain energy to them that makes people enjoy it. It’s great that it’s about women cooking and putting women more on the mark as chefs that are important.
How would you describe the creative spirit of our times?
Well food is big, its all about food… food is happening. I think there’s a sureness that the food industry have at times, we have at the moment; everyone knows about food, everyone’s eating in restaurants, its an exciting time to be a chef.
How does being a woman relate to your creative production?
Well it relates to everything cause I am a woman and life is different as a woman, you have children and I’m a wife and I’m a cook, so it forms everything you do!
And you mentioned to me coming here to the Cafe Royal. Can you tell us about that?
I came here when I first met Fergus, my husband, and his father Brian Henderson said “Oh darling we must take you to the Grill Room” and we had lots of little quail eggs and they were warm and delicious and it felt so grand and beautiful and it was very special. It’s a special place! And its brilliant that it isn’t gone and been ripped down, you know, we need to have our heritage as much as we need to have modern things as well… So I think its all good!