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Cooking up a story: celebrity chef Sophie Grigson at The Story Museum, Oxford

Wednesday 29th October


The Story Museum is delighted to announce that celebrity chef Sophie Grigson will be running the Museum’s café.

‘Food, glorious food!’

Cookbook writer and television chef Sophie will create a story-themed, family friendly menu, using locally-sourced wholesome ingredients with stories of their own. Whether you’re after light lunches for very hungry caterpillar, or treats for cookie monsters, Sophie’s Kitchen at The Story Museum will have fun, interactive food to suit every taste.

Daughter of poet, writer and critic Geoffrey Grigson and acclaimed cookery writer Jane Grigson (food columnist for The Observe­r for more than 20 years), Sophie has always had stories in her life. Her TV career began in 1993 with the award-winning 12-part series Grow Your Greens, Eat Your Greens for Channel 4 – she has since written 13 cookery books, and continues to appear in Masterchef and the Good Food Channel.

‘After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody. Even one’s own relations.’ – Oscar Wilde.

Sophie said: ‘I can’t wait to get started serving up stories in the Museum’s café and creating handmade dishes for visitors old and young. A good meal is like a good story: you need all the right ingredients put together in the right way, and above all you need imagination. I can’t think of a better place to inspire a love of cooking in children.’

Sophie’s Kitchen at The Story Museum will start serving light lunches with the beginning of Soup and a Story on Friday 7 November. Cookery classes for children aged 8-12 will take place every Saturday, 11.00-12.30. A full menu will be available from 21 November, when the café will be open as part of the city’s Christmas Light Festival celebrations.

Soup and a Story

12.30 – 13.00 every Friday, beginning 7 November. Stop by the Museum for soup and stories: listen to modern and classic short stories as you munch your lunch. Perfect for anyone looking for a way to liven up their lunch break. Soup and a Story is for adults and older children. £7 including soup and a roll (or a sandwich, if soup doesn’t suit).

Cookery courses

Aspiring chefs aged can cook up a story during Cookery classes, every Saturday from 1 November to 14 February, 11.00 – 12.30. Create mouthwatering dishes and delightful desserts, with a different theme each week. Participants will create one dish to eat during the class, and one to take away with them. Suitable for anyone, beginner or confident cook, classes are £20 and can be booked at www.sophiescookeryschool.com.


Saturday 1: Pumpcorn and Popkins Celebrate Halloween with…or did we mean pumpkins and popcorn?

Saturday 8: Bonfire Baking Create bonfire and firework-inspired treats.

Saturday 15: American as Pie Celebrate Thanksgiving with traditional American dishes.

Saturday 22: Spice and Light It’s Christmas Light Festival! Whip up some lightly spiced Indian food.

Saturday 29: Stir-Up Saturday Learn how to make steamed puddings.


Saturday 6: Snowballs! Get into the winter spirit with scrumptious snowballs of different kinds.

Saturday 13: Trim your Tree Make delicious Christmas decorations to hang on your tree.

Saturday 20: Cook Up A Christmas Make edible Christmas presents for friends and family.

Children can also whip up festive delights in Santa’s Kitchen on Thursday 18 December, and learn how to create sweet and savoury seasonal treats for family and friends. The class is £45, and spaces can be booked at www.sophiescookeryschool.com.


For photo opportunities on 7 November (Soup and a Story launch) or other dates, please contact alex.coke@storymuseum.org.uk, tel: 01865 790050.

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