- When: Wednesday 4 November 2015
Where: Your place (or wherever you happen to be…)
What: Serve a meal based on Marguerite’s recipes and share the experience with Guild members, Marguerite fans and fellow cooks
Why: To celebrate the life of one of our most loved cookery writers, who would have been 100 on 4 November.
- Marguerite Patten CBE, one of the UK's most prolific, successful and popular cookery writers and personalities, died on 4 June 2015, exactly five months short of her 100th birthday.
- To celebrate her life and work, the Guild of Food Writers is 'hosting' a cookalong on Wednesday 4 November. Everyone is invited to join in, from the comfort of your own kitchen. Simply cook a meal based on Marguerite's recipes and share pictures and reactions using the hashtag #Marguerite100.
- On 11 June Woman's Hour broadcast a celebration of Marguerite's achievements. The programme includes a clip of presenter Jane Garvey's last interview with Marguerite at her home in Brighton:
- During the Second World War, Marguerite worked for the Ministry of Food developing recipes using the rationed food that was available. These were broadcast on the BBC's Kitchen Front. She was a regular guest on MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook, but refused to be called a 'celebrity chef'.
- 'I don't mind being the doyenne, that sounds respectable and nice. But it's... claiming celebrity, which isn't really such a grand thing as people pretend it is. It’s not who we are, it's what we do I think is important.'
- What better way to celebrate Marguerite's wonderful culinary life than cooking her recipes? Though some of her wartime recipes might be a step too far...
- Or perhaps her 1950s herrings in oats might be more appealing?
- In early October, recipe ideas start coming in from Guild members, some inspired by her seminal book 'A Century of British Cooking' or the classic 'Every Day Cook Book'; others like the look of her Lancashire Hot Pot featured in the Observer Food Monthly.
- Many of the #Marguerite100 events are raising money for charities that Marguerite was involved in. Repast Supper Club is collecting funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust.
- The 'rehearsals' and testing begins...