Fortnum & Mason’s Food & Drink Studio: What’s On?

By Ellie Smith

1 year ago

An exciting line-up of events has been announced at the new space

With its plush interiors, huge food hall and famed tea salon, a trip to Fortnum & Mason’s flagship Piccadilly store has always been a treat – but now we have yet another reason to visit. Recently opened on the third floor of the historic building is the new Food & Drink Studio, an interactive space designed for testing, tasting, drinking, cocktail-making and much more. 

The experiential hub, which opened just a few weeks ago, features a multi-purpose kitchen which chefs will use to perfect recipes, producing items for the store like beef wellington and scotch eggs. There’s also a copper still where visitors can have their own small batch of gin distilled on site, a curated space filled with cooking products, a food-focused book shop, and a dedicated build-your-own-hamper hub.

A wide variety of events will also take place at the studio, from masterclasses with chefs to supper clubs and panel discussions – here are some of the highlights for the next couple of months.

Fortnum & Mason’s Food & Drink Studio: What’s On?

Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Studio

In conversation with Angela Clutton, Mark Riddaway, Dr Andrea Tanner and Tom Athron

How can historical establishments remain relevant to new generations? This is the question being discussed in a panel discussion between Fortnum & Mason’s CEO Tom Athron alongside authors Angela Clutton and Mark Riddaway. They’ll be discussing innovations of the past, plus looking forward into the future of food. 2 May, £20

Chefs on The Edge: In conversation with Philip Barantini and Kris Hall

From Boiling Point to The Bear, an increasing number of shows and films are exploring mental health within the hospitality industry – an issue which is being delved into in a talk at the studio, tying in with Mental Health Awareness Week (15 – 21 May). Chef Ravneet Gill, who founded a hospitality platform called Countertalk, will be joined by Boiling Point director Phil Barantini, as well as Kris Hall, founder of The Burnt Chef Project. 10 May, £20

Supper Club with Lara Lee

Chef Lara Lee will be sharing the food of her Australian and Chinese-Indonesian heritage at a special supper club, showcasing some of the dishes from her new cookbook, Coconut & Sambal. 12 May, from £60

Mustafa Tumburi’s Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Making Masterclass

Sober-curious? Get inspired at a non-alcoholic drinks masterclass hosted by Mustafa Tumburi, Fortnum’s group bar manager. 16 May

Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Studio

In Conversation with Jekka McVicar, Imogen Davies, Will Devlin and Jack Adair Bevan Hosted by Kathy Slack

A panel of green pioneers in the industry will be coming together to discuss the importance of using local ingredients in our cooking. Names in the line-up include organic gardening expert Jekka McVicar, and Imogen Davies, who founded wild food restaurant Native, alongside host, award-winning writer Kathy Slack. 18 May, £20

Chef’s Table with James Close

James Close, head chef and owner of the two-Michelin-starred Raby Hunt in Darlington, will be cooking up a storm at the studio this May, producing a chef’s table-style dinner featuring dishes made with local ingredients. 29 May, £200

Arthur Mamou-Mani: 3D Printing in the Food Industry

A key feature of Fortnum’s new 3’6 bar is its 3D-printed ceiling, a project from architects Mamou-Mani. It was created using an innovative manufacturing process, which you can learn about in an event with founder Arthur Mamou-Mani, where he’ll be exploring the role of 3D printing within the food world. 30 May, £20

Masterclass with Max La Manna

Learn the tricks of the trade with low-waste vegan chef Max La Manna, who is hosting a cookalong – complete with tips on how to create your own digital food content. 10 June, from £20

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