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For Immediate Release
The Art of Cooking
Paul Stafford, Masterchef contestant; creates dishes, cooks, paints and hosts classes for the local community.
Opening Thursday 25th July 6-8.30 pm
Exhibition open: 25th July- 1st August
The Bomb Factory, Archway, London, N19 4AJ
Paul Stafford was a successful contestant in this years Masterchef UK. A show which aims to find the best amateur chefs through a series of knock out cooking challenges. This popular show has inspired millions of tv viewers to believe they too can cook exciting and exotic dishes from scratch. Paul is not only a talented chef but is also a practising artist, previously a course director at Kingston art school. He studied painting and sculpture at the Slade and now is able to combine his art practice alongside cooking and designing intriguing food combinations and menus.
The Bomb Factory Art Foundation will host the “The Art of Cooking” from the 25th July to the 2nd August. This two-week event will explore Paul Stafford’s twin passions of painting and fine food. This show will be both a cooking extravaganza as well as a painting exhibition.
Inspired by his Masterchef journey Paul will cook and host daily food masterclasses by sourcing ingredients from local supermarkets, that would be normally thrown away according to shelf life regulations. Between 5 pm and 7:30 pm every day he will create a dish at a minimum cost, that will be offered free to the audience and passers-by, hopefully inspiring them to do the same in their kitchens. Alongside this cooking event, Paul will be painting the food he has created every day. These foody images will be painted on huge cardboard boxes that will be hung in the gallery space at The Bomb Factory. Once again Paul will be using a resource that would otherwise be thrown away.
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Having successfully reached the Final Twelve in the world’s most watched and most prestigious TV cookery contest, in July Paul will be featured in an exciting new one man show in Central London, with the theme of food and cooking. There might even be a chance to sample his cuisine. More information to follow….
Paul has now reached the Final Twelve of this year’s Masterchef!
He has battled his way through pasta, pies and pastry boxes.
In tonight’s episode, he cooks in the professional kitchen of the amazing FROG, in Covent garden, run by ex-Masterchef Professionals champion, Adam Handling.
Afterwards, he cooks in the studio for the legendary Michel Roux Junior.
Tune in at 8.00pm on BBC1.
You can see the paintings that have been inspired by his Masterchef journey at
Swapping oil paint for olive oil, Paul Stafford is appearing on Episode 7 of Masterchef UK 2019.
He is proud to have been selected as a contestant on this global show, with an audience of 8 million viewers.
He has enjoyed painting, drawing, cooking and tasting food and now gets the opportunity to exhibit his artistry in the kitchen.
Don’t miss it. Wednesday, 27th February 8.00pm BBC1
In a trailer park in deepest Florida, it’s three in the afternoon. Metal is too hot to touch, tarmac is sticky like maple syrup, the air as thick as grits. It’s quiet, other than the muffled drone of an afternoon TV quiz show. Everyone is inside with their electric fans and iced tea. Only a bloody fool would sit out in this heat.
One Summer’s day an artist sat at his creaking, oil-stained easel surrounded by buttercups. By his side were tubes and brushes, ahead of him a field of English wild grasses. Through the thick, hot air, hovered the buzz of flies, the occasional one of which would land on his primed board and stick to the paint, tacky in the sunlight.
Cows crunched the grass and gave him the odd sidelong glance, the munch of their ruminating the only other sound…..until now…..
A car engine hummed closer and the tyres spat gravel on the lane as it slowed. A window wound down and the artist looked up expectantly. He would enjoy sharing this idyllic moment with an interested passer-by, to both mutually appreciate the afternoon, the scenery and, talk to them about his work.
Crushed, he turned back to the painting on his wobbly stool and, promptly fell over sideways, face in a cow pat. The animals looked on with disdain.
The reaction when he sits and paints amongst the vines of the Languedoc however, is entirely different. Passers-by do stop to look and they do chat, with fascination. The landscape offers rich pickings, from trees to fields, lakes and mountains. There are other subjects that provide a visual feast as well as a literal one – foie gras, oysters, fresh sardines. There are treasures plucked from vide greniers and brocantes, objects with history and a story to tell through their patina and form. Some paintings actually use found objects as their canvas, for example, a grape picker’s hotte painted on to a 1950’s French school desk.
Paul Stafford is holding an exhibition of these works at the beautiful Chateau Cabezac. This space, apart from being impressive in its own right, is an appropriate venue for the pictures as they are run through with a love for the Languedoc, just as the wine from the Minervois runs through the region like ink through vellum.
As well as the paintings inspired by and created in the area, are some works of a different flavour, though still French in origin. They are a series ignited by vintage Parisian postcards of models in various poses designed to titivate and tease. To add to the nuance of sauciness, they are housed in old boxes and tins, into which the viewer must peak.
You are invited to join Paul Stafford, try the delicious Cabezac wine and, view his work at the Vernissage on the evening of July, 22nd. If you can’t make that evening, the exhibition will run until the end of August, so there is plenty of time to visit the chateau, surrounded by those inspirational vineyards………and not a cowpat in sight.
Paintings of Barbara Windsor in a heart shaped bikini and Bond Girl, Maddie Smith.
Price per painting: £1,500