Bangers and mash? Bubble and squeak? What is British cuisine and how has it changed from wartime to the present? Have negative stereotypes of British cuisine been replaced by a new food culture of focused on celebrity chefs, ethical choices and a new-found ‘best of British’ pride? Or, do fast-rising rates of obesity, childhood diabetes and dependency on supermarkets and ready meals tell a different story?
Using a multi-disciplinary approach, this course examines the critical issues in food today and the interconnectedness of food, culture, and society in modern Britain. The rich and multicultural heritage of London provides a multitude of opportunities to explore the issues herein and use our senses to taste, smell and see the food cultures of this dynamic city.
EXAMPLE CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (2-4 PER COURSE)
- Regional food tasting
- Imperial War Museum - Ministry of Food Exhibit
- Guided and self-guided tours of London outdoor markets, food halls and supermarkets
- Indian cuisine tour and tasting
*Please note: A lab fee of £90 (covers tastings and samples of relevant food and drink) is required for this course
Students registered for this course may also be interested in booking a place on our Food and Drink in the Garden of England weekend day trip. Learn more and sign up on our London Activities page.