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Celia Brooks’ Online Events & Services

Celia now offers a range of exciting food and cooking events, from personal consultations to private cooking lessons and group meet-up experiences, conducted through Zoom.

These are the perfect gift for food lovers - why not buy a gift session, plus a personally signed copy of “SuperVeg” as a special treat?

Enrich and nourish your culinary life from the comfort of your own home, or from any kitchen in the world! One silver lining of the Covid-19 crisis is how we’ve adapted to connect with each other through live online video.

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“Celia is doing great things with our online cooking lessons! Such delicious food…we would have been more than happy with that if we had eaten it in a restaurant, and we are just a bunch of amateurs.”

P. Wardle, Brussels

“So much fun!!! Need some inspiration? Celia has you covered.”

D. Muller, Portland OR

“Celia is so knowledgeable and able to give some great insights into ingredients that you may not of thought of before.”

A. Jackson, Atlanta GA

“Definitely recommend the Menu Inspiration Circle - we did the online video group last week & thoroughly enjoyed it, & have now got so many ideas for great things to cook just from what we have in the cupboards!”

R. Stevenson, Pembrokeshire
We have been enjoying Celia’s Gastrotours in London for over ten years and they are always a massive hit with our clients and other guests. In this year’s changed circumstances, we were delighted to find that Celia has brilliantly replicated the experience in a remote format – every one of the thirteen people who took part in our recent event loved the food and wine and, as ever, Celia was a superb host!”
- D. Rodgers, Managing Partner, Gardner Leader Solicitors

Celia’s Virtual Tasting Table

Online group tastings with hampers full of treats! Every guest receives a luxurious box of goodies curated by Celia.

These group sessions are an amazing and delicious way to connect with colleagues and clients from the comfort of home.

Participants tune into a scheduled Zoom session, with Celia guiding the group through an entertaining series of food pairings with wine. She will also perform a short, mouthwatering cooking demo.

Everyone gets to keep the leftovers of course, which is a huge bonus!

Information:

These sessions run for about 1 - 1.5 hours, or whatever time period you see fit

Three-tier pricing so you can create the perfect event, even on a budget

Price includes the luxury hamper, delivery, and the informative tasting session

Guests can invite their entire household to join in, if desired

Check out Event Details & Price List for full information.

More ideas available on request. Please contact Celia to discuss your event.

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£50+
30min & 1h

Personal consultations

With 30 years of passion devoted to professional cooking and writing about it, Celia is highly qualified to help solve your culinary conundrums.

She can give you personalised one-to-one advice on any area of food and cooking you’d like to learn more about, especially involving her areas of expertise.

Full info...
Have a question? Email Celia
£180+
2 hours

Private cooking classes

Celia will bring her passion and expertise into your kitchen via Zoom. Let’s cook together! This can be one-to-one, or with family and friends; at your home or multiple locations. She’ll plan lessons based on whatever theme takes your fancy.

Think of it as a virtual dinner party, where everyone cooks together from their own homes!

Full info...
Buying as a gift? We’ll send you a printable certificate.
Have a question? Email Celia

Menu Inspiration Circle

A group Zoom experience to zest up your cooking repertoire. Celia created this concept during lockdown in April 2020, and it continues to be an inspiring interactive event.

This is for anybody who is looking for cooking ideas, especially using ingredients you have in stock, to conjure some magic in the kitchen and have some fun.

Full info...
Have a question? Email Celia
£120
1 hour

Borough Market Virtual Tasting Table

Relish the flavour and soul of Borough Market from your home by taking part in a delicious online tasting event.

Guests will receive a luxury hamper of food and wine the day before the scheduled evening session - these can be delivered all across the UK. Then take part in the tasting, hosted Celia and a Borough Market expert trader.

Full info...
Have a question? Email Celia
“We met Celia in London and she led us to some fantastic insider spots and due to her profound expertise and great relations with local sellers and marketers, we got a lot of interesting insights into London’s culinary highlights. We came back with some good ideas for MERKUR and can highly recommend her tours!”
Kerstin Neumayer, CEO of MERKUR, Austria's top ranked supermarket

Private & Corporate Events

Celia’s private Gastrotours in London are unique, bespoke events - ideal for client entertainment or a memorable, interactive treat for your office team or party group.

Isn’t it a bore to be stuck next to the same person all evening at a dinner? What if not everyone enjoys the races or golf?

Luckily, almost everybody loves food and booze.

Think of Celia’s private and corporate tours as an informative roving canapé party - whatever the venue, you and your guests will experience a multitude of scenes and flavours, while being plied with plenty of food and drink and Celia’s entertaining morsels of food knowledge. Plus the group gets naturally shuffled at each different stop.

Celia can accommodate up to 25 people in certain venues and formats. The events can start in the afternoon; certain formats can begin after office hours (usually 3 hours).

SAMPLE EVENTS:

Borough Market

An in-depth Market tasting tour starting with Essex oysters and Prosecco, stops at around 8 different traders with generous food and drink tastings, and concluding with a seated rum and chocolate feast

Market tasting tour followed by a hands-on cooking competition or cookery demo

Market tasting tour followed by an Iberico ham carving masterclass and cocktail party at Brindisa Spanish Foods

Market tasting tour followed by a Beef Feast in Hawksmoor Borough’s private dining room - watch the feast being prepared in front of you, using some ingredients sourced during the tour

Marylebone

An afternoon or evening experience composed of mini-feasts including a meet and greet and a secret subterranean champagne bar, British cheese with wine, British chocolate and meat, fish & chips with British beer, and Italian aperitivo with antipasti and Prosecco or cocktails

Covent Garden

An afternoon or evening starting with chocolate-themed cocktails, followed by a host of treats from a cutting-edge food hall with British wine and beer, finishing with fine wine and food at an Italian enoteca or “wine library”

More ideas available on request. Please contact Celia to discuss your event.

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Business Inspiration Tours

Celia has created a unique consulting practice: bespoke interactive tasting tours designed to enlighten and inspire business teams by connecting them directly with the vanguard of London’s world-class foodscape. This special insight can be of great value for inspiring new businesses and development teams by directly exposing them to the constantly progressing cutting edge of London food culture. Celia is a leading expert with her finger consistently on the pulse. The tour is individually designed for the client, and is perfect for sparking concepts for NPD, forecasting food trends, and understanding success. Plus it’s a fun day out away from the office.

Celia works in partnership with a professional photographer if needed, to document the experience and / or provide high quality images for the client’s print or web use.

Recent examples

A full-day tour of London’s hottest new juice bars to help a Scottish farm cooperative decide whether to invest in a juice product range (they did!)

A half-day tour for the CEO and PR of a top Austrian supermarket to study London’s trends in health foods, documented by a photographer. The experience was written about in a lengthy article in an Austrian national newspaper

A half-day tour for the head executives and development manager of a frozen meals company looking to expand and modernise their range of vegetarian meals

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“For over ten years now, we have entertained a large number of valued clients and contacts on Celia’s wonderful Gastrotours in various parts of London and we look forward to many more. On each occasion, the feedback from our guests has been that the Gastrotour is without doubt one of the best corporate entertainment events they have experienced. The combination of great food, interesting locations and Celia’s incredible knowledge and personal warmth makes these tours unbeatable.”

- D. Rodgers, Managing Partner, Gardner Leader Solicitors

“Celia’s Gastrotours are a fantastic way to entertain clients and employees in a very relaxed, fun atmosphere. Celia plans everything in advance so that we can just turn up and have a brilliant time whilst learning about all sorts of foodie things along the way! The feedback from our guests is always universally positive, and I know that some have gone on to use Celia themselves! The tours remain an important part of our hospitality plans both now and in the future.”

- P. Macbeth, CEO, Macbeth Insurance Brokers

“I was invited as a guest to one of Celia’s Borough Market Tours some years ago and enjoyed it so much that I (and a number of my colleagues) have unashamedly stolen the idea for outings for our clients and contacts.  As a marketing event, it is an easy sell.  If you enjoy great food and drink and listening to the story behind it from an impassioned and knowledgeable host, look no further.  It is one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon.  I have been 5 or 6 times and am going again soon.”

- P. Humphreys, Partner, Clark Holt Commercial Solicitors

“Celia’s food tours are excellent for team or corporate events as they combine Celia’s happy and enthusiastic personality, fascinating insight into London’s markets, behind-the-scenes opportunities to meet and hear from vendors passionate about their produce, and the chance to spend time enjoying convivial food and drink.  What’s not to like?  A great, and memorable, event that delights and educates in equal measure.”

- N. Howell, Chief Executive

Other services

Food Consultancy
Celia applies her expertise in food in numerous ways to inspire businesses and brands. She creates tailored in-depth tours and tasting experiences in London to inspire development teams with concepts for NPD and forecasting food trends.
Broadcast Interviews & Presenting
Celia is available for interviews as an expert in the field of food, cooking and growing your own. She has done numerous TV and radio interviews for The Food Network, NPR, BBC Radio4 Food Programme, LBC Radio, and Share Radio, to name a few. Celia also has experience as an interviewer and presenter.
Recipe Development
Celia has 25+ years of experience creating reliable, delicious recipes. Brands such as Tesco, M&S, Aldi and Kenwood have commissioned her skills for PR and ad campaigns, press collaborations, competitions, store leaflets, and web content.
Food Writing
Celia is a member of The Guild of Food Writers and The Society of Authors. She writes about food regularly for the Borough Market blog and contributes to the Borough Market Magazine. She has been a columnist for The Times, ES Magazine, and the BBC.
Cooking Demos/Teaching
Celia gives regular cooking demonstrations at Borough Market. She has demonstrated at cookery schools, events and food festivals throughout the UK, including Divertimenti in London, The Bertinet Cookery School in Bath, and the Childwickbury Arts Fair in St. Albans.
Public Speaking
Celia is available for speaking gigs at events and conferences. Recent speeches include “Going Beyond Vegetarian” at the London Produce Show and Conference 2016, London, and “Meet Your UK Food Ambassador” for the American Women’s Club, Berkshire.

Specialist areas

Health foods — Nutrition trends — Vegetarian — Vegan — Vegetables & Fruits — Growing food — Urban gardening — London food markets — Street food — Recipe writing & development

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