Venue: The Little House
Reviewer: Nicole Evans
Graham Egg has one mission… to encourage people to view the world around them differently in the hope of inspiring creativity. How does he intend to embark on this mission? By…erm…cooking food in a hotel room, using only the appliances provided… stay with me.
Ok, so there’s a little more to it than it sounds but that’s the basic principle of his show, The Anarchist Cook. In the hour slot he has to fill, he successfully creates a three-course meal using an iron and a kettle that he’s confident enough of to feed to the crowd afterwards. We’re not talking boil-in-the- bag pasta either.
Three bags of ingredients, a couple of well-delivered gags and plenty of enthusiasm later, we have a toasted bruschetta starter, a poached fish main and maple pancake dessert among plenty of tips on how best to get you banned from a hotel chain by ruining their small electrical goods.
With The Little House reaching capacity well before the queue had ended and those remaining stood in the doorway, it was a little busy by the finale to hang around for a taste of the cuisine de chambre, although it has to be said, the wafts as it was presented did smell good.
It’s clever, it’s occasionally funny, but a little more Ready Steady Cook, Channel 4 on a Sunday, worthy than the theatre at Latitude. Don’t try this at home.