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The King's Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court Palace

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The King's Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court Palace

Lecture by Marc Meltonville

The rebuild of Hampton Court in the 1690s included a King’s Chocolate kitchen. This space became lost, as the different uses of many of the different rooms of the Palace became clouded in history.

Over the last couple of years, research at Historic Royal Palaces has uncovered the true position of this fascinating room and given us insight into the making of Royal chocolate. Not only have they uncovered the space, but using the archaeology from the site, reconstructed some of the equipment and by sourcing some unseen documents, remade some of the early recipes.

Marc is a food historian and presenter. He has worked in museums for over 20 years in education, exhibition design and interpretation. A chance meeting with a noted food historian led him to be involved with the first experiment with live historic cookery at Hampton Court in 1991 – supposedly a one-off project, Marc has worked with the Historic Royal Palaces ever since. Since 2006 he has been based at Hampton Court working first on the research and representation of the Tudor kitchens and then a similar project to open the long lost, Royal Kitchens at Kew Palace. Lately he has been involved in the research and reconstruction of the King George I’s Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court.

Image: © Hampton Court Palace, Historic Royal Palaces.