by Raffaella Pietropaolo
on October 28, 2017
Today Halloween is potentially the most beloved fest. Children, adults and even the cool kids enjoy the sweets, the spooky decorations, the original costumes, the themed music and the pumpkin carving. Chefs are no exception, and the most hip ones always pull off a “dreadful surprise”.
Straight from hell, well “Hell’s Kitchen” anyway, the evil genius Chef Gordon Ramsey gets ready for Halloween by offering supernatural kitchen experiences from 27-31 October. Themed food, freakish cocktails like the Devil’s Night and Corpse Reviver, late night DJ parties, interactive pizza masterclasses for the little ones, a kids’ competition for the best costume and masterclasses for adults with experienced chefs are all ingredients of the same cauldron boiling up an explosive Halloween.
If you’re interested in learning how to prepare cocktails or specific dishes, you may choose among fourteen unique gastronomic experiences offered by different chefs and bartenders from Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants and bars. Prices range from 50 £ for two people to learn how to mix a signature cocktail at Bread Street Kitchen in London to 600 £ for a masterclass experience teaching how to recreate a three-course menu of signature dishes of the Gordon Ramsay restaurant in Chelsea. The pizza making masterclass taking place at Bread Street Kitchen in St Paul’s is rather a family experience for three, and extra also for four, offering a Sunday brunch with champagne and dessert on 29 October and the possibility for kids to make their own pizza of their choice. There’s a restaurant, a menu and a tailored experience for every taste and every age!
Halloween however wasn’t always a consumerist fest. For whom doesn’t know it yet, the Western Christian feast of All Hallows Eve or All Saints’ Eve, better known as Halloween, has its roots in the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain. The festival marked the end of harvest season and the beginning of winter, the “darker half” of the year. This day, between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice, was believed to be a liminal time when spirits could more easily cross the boundary between the Otherworld and ours. What’s more, the dead were thought to come back to revisit their homes. Celts used to leave food and drinks outside to win the favor of natural spirits and fairies and make sure that the herds would survive the harsh winter. Jack-o-Lanterns were left outside to guide the dead through the darkness, special bonfires were lit to initiate protective rituals and people would wear costumes and go door-to-door chanting verses to disguise themselves by imitating the ghosts.
Whatever you do, have a haunting Halloween!