British Food Through The Ages – Audio Piece

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By on December 9, 2014

In this audio piece, *we seek to investigate how British cultural cuisine has changed through the years. We want to follow how British food has changed over the years, especially after the 100 year anniversary of the first world war. By finding out how using rations effected how the British cuisine changed without the traditional resources. Furthermore, we wanted to find out how Britain is developing as a self-sufficient country, without heavy dependance on other countries and find out why we believed that it should be self-sufficient. Listen to find out what we learnt.

Our main focus was on how British cuisine has evolved through the past 100 years, how some may describe it as dying part of our British culture. We were curious about what traditional British dishes had been favourites, what people miss and what people are glad are gone from public availability.
We wanted to find out if we as citizens of Britain are maintaining the idea of self-sufficiency and why it is important that we still do, we wanted to focus more on seeing how people are personally growing their own produce rather than buying and hence supporting the purchase of the produce from other countries.
We spoke to Nancy Moukhtar from Rules Restaurant, London’s oldest restaurant; they serve only British dishes, and only use British produce. We wanted to know how  restaurant has adapted to using game over the years, what dishes are popular and how they adapted to rationing during the war, and how they substituted certain luxury meats for other cheaper alternatives.
We also spoke to Tim Free from the Imperial War Museum about how rationing had a part to play in creating a self sufficient Britain. We wanted to get deeper insight into how rationing worked, and how it had an effect on whatever self-sufficiency Britain had already established before the war and how it got affected during and after the war.
Finally we spoke to Phil Mcenaney who was previously a chef at Roux and now cooks at Restaurant Launceston Place, Phil spoke to us about how his restaurant takes traditional British dishes and presents them in a contemporary and fresh way, and gives us his opinion on how he personally defines what British cuisine is compared to how other popular opinions.​


*This audio piece was made as a group with 4 other journalists. 



Mariam Mansour

Mariam is a 23 year old Journalism graduate and mediocre Starbucks Barista. A self-described hippy and a certified fangirl and weirdo. When she's not fangirling or attending comic cons or crying at the theatre, you'll find her reading or wondering aimlessly around London. Her mission in life is to encourage everyone she meets in her path to experience the joy she has upon reading books; to her, this can only be done by Breaking paperback Spines.

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