The Art of Cooking


Time & Location

25 Jul, 18:00 – 01 Aug, 19:30
The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, 9-15 Elthorne Rd, Archway, London N19 4AJ, UK

About the Event

Paul Stafford, Masterchef contestant; creates dishes, cooks, paints and hosts classes for the local community.

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 practicing 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” . 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.


Opening Thursday 25th July, 6-8:30 pm Join us for Masterchef inspired canapés and the infamous ‘Figtini’ in The Bomb Factory Gallery alongside Paul Stafford’s Painting 26/07, 31/07, 01/08, 5-7:30 pm Paul Stafford cooks for the public. We invite the public to watch Paul Stafford cook a range of different foods. Takeaway doggie bags for all.

Exhibition opens 11-5pm each day.

Paul invites you to visit the gallery, see his work and chat to him as he paints directly from the dishes he has prepared, Pauls paintings will be for sale at the end of the exhibition, he has kindly offered to donate 25% of the proceeds to The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, an arts and education charity.