Cookery Theatre

I built this cookery theatre for the food festival we hold in our village each year that my wife used to organize. Local companies wanted around £2000 for the hire of just the kitchen island for a day (delivered, assembled and collected), so the committee decided to make one that could be taken apart, stored and used each year and asked me if I would take it on. Along with the kitchen island, I also built the 16ft x 8ft scenery wall to act as a backdrop.

The kitchen island consists of 4 store bought flat pack base units that I assembled and bolted together. I then made a kick board and clad the sides and front of the units with MDF boards machined to look like tongue and groove panels. The four corner posts (which are purely decorative) are made from clear pine. The rear posts are screwed on from the inside, but I couldn't screw the front posts on from the inside, so they are each held on with 8 rare earth magnets. The worktop is 9ft of solid oak. I rounded the corners, chamfered the edges top and bottom and cut out the holes for the hob and pop-up electrical sockets. I used the hob cut out to make a chopping board.

The MDF panels, pine corner posts, kickboard and scenery wall are finished with duck egg blue kitchen emulsion and the oak worktop is finished with 4 coats of Danish oil top and bottom. The third coat was de-nibbed with a 320 nylon abrasive pad and the fourth coat rubbed out with a non-abrasive nylon pad.

Here are some photos of the theatre in use on the day. There were a number of shows throughout the day by 4 or 5 celebrity chefs and also a kids kitchen.

The cookery theatre is only part of the event. Here are some shots of the rest of the activities that were taking place outside. Last year was a gorgeous sunny day and we had about 10,000 people attending. This year was overcast with light rain for all but 4 hours and only about 4,000 people attended. Unfortunately the weather is the only thing we can't control so we just roll with it.

The town crier announced all the events throughout the day in olde English.

Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.


Wow looks like a lot of fun and a place to over eat.    Now if that was Midsommer there would be a murder and be on the TV.       Enjoyable. 


That could be loads of fun, checking out different vendors.

Main Street to the Mountains

Excellent work on the set Andy and that festival looks like a load of fun!
it still looks like fun!  And still great work

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - and

nice work on the theatre, looks like a great festival to gorge ones self.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

As usual for you, very nice design & build. Hope you got a free meal for your efforts, that seems fair.

And there are people that complain about crinkly chip packets in the theatre.

Great to appreciate that there is always some story behind any creation we seldom get to hear...

Couple of cute Pommy grannies in that line up.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

What a fun time!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Really nice build, Brit.  I gained 20 pounds just looking at all that good food!

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Very nice good will project that will get  it done.Looks like a fun event to attend. You did well. Congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

Thanks everyone. It was/is a great event.

Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.


Nicely done!!  Plus you saved $$ and have it for future events.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ