Fanny & Johnnie Cradock’s Cookery Carnival (10 & 11 December 1956)

Fanny Cradock (1909-1994) was the forerunner of today’s celebrity chefs, appearing in popular TV cookery programmes from the 1950s to the mid 1970s, usually wearing extravagant evening gowns. Johnnie was her 4th husband, a talented chef himself although known for his drinking habits.

In this archive footage, Fanny and Johnnie presente ‘Bon Viveur’, a demonstration of international cookery which took place in the centre of the Royal Albert Hall Arena as a tribute to  French chef Georges Auguste Escoffier – featuring onion soup, roast turkey, a large ice sculpture of a swan and many changes of outfits!

Part 1

Fanny enters in a white fur stole, strapless evening dress and jewels with Johnnie in full evening dress.

Part 2

In part 2, Fanny puts on a French accent and Johnnie appears in a striped t-shirt and béret.