09

Aug,

11

Standing Room Only

Last weekend the AGA Total Control Van, which has now become my second home, rolled up at the Essex Spectacular, a two day event for all the family at Barleylands Farm Show Ground near Billericay. The show featured motoring displays for car fanatics and a mini big top where children could learn circus skills, but of course my place was at the Taste Village. This area was a buzz of culinary activity with many distinguished chefs taking part. Television celebrity chefs were cooking at the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre. The inexhaustible Antonio Carluccio put on demonstrations right throughout the day whilst Cyrus Todiwala was hilarious, particularly when he described growing up in India: as a youngster he used to hide in the ovens of the family AGA. Only when they were turned off, mind you. Continue reading

04

Aug,

11

Out and about with the AGA Total Control Van

One of the most attractive qualities about the appliance industry is that it puts on events all year round. Naturally, these fairs, shows and festivals become more frequent during the Summer and Christmas seasons, those times when people are primarily concerned with eating and drinking. Those who were so inclined could spend the entire Summer holidays travelling from one food event to another where they would find a thriving, hugely exciting culture of goods made by everyone from well-known corporations to burgeoning home businesses. Continue reading

02

Aug,

11

On the road again

During my nine years working as an AGA demonstrator I have relished the opportunity to travel across the world, visiting places that I would otherwise never have visited and meeting people from all walks of life that I would never have met. On those occasions when I am lying in an unfamiliar hotel bed, many, many miles from home, I think about the boundless variety that there is in the world, yet the one thought that I keep returning to is that much of that variety is found within the United Kingdom. The discomfort of climbing into my car at the scrake of dawn of a morning is salved by the knowledge that at the other end of the motorway I will be presenting AGA products on a television channel or at a village fete or perhaps in a castle o. Most recently, I have been demonstrating from the back of a van. Continue reading