A Day in the Life of Minno Kitchen at Great Higham Barn
The food from Katy, owner of wedding caterers Minno Kitchen is truly awesome; it tastes great but also looks amazing, the food is practically jumping off the plate shouting “EAT ME”, of course I obliged, it would have been rude not to. So what better subject could there be for a Day in the Life photo shoot.
The shoot took place at one of Katy’s regular haunts Great Higham Barn in Doddington, Kent, where Katy was catering for one of her regular corporate clients Shaa Wasmund. Great Higham Barn is sat within 2700 acres of the Torry Hill Estate and provides luxury accommodation for romantic getaways, weddings and of course corporate events. It even has a tennis court and swimming pool…now that would make for great wedding pictures wouldn’t it?
The reason I think the food from Minno Kitchen looks so amazing is because of Katy’s background as a Visual Artist. Just like I am a self-taught photographer Katy is a self-taught caterer, so she has a free mind to create what she likes, how she likes and doesn’t have to worry about the rules. That creativity is evident to see and taste.
Probably by now you are starting to think, “Minno Kitchen”, that’s an unusual name. Well I suppose it is; Katy tells me it’s to do with a unique language she used to use as a small child that only her family could understand and “Minno” meant “Food”. So now you know. I love it when something is so individual that you could never guess in a million years the meaning behind it.
In order to create her gastronomic feasts Katy only uses the very best local ingredients. Living in Kent we are so lucky to have an abundance of brilliant suppliers, and Katy uses a number of them from Whitstable, Toby’s Slow Bread, Staines Farm Shop and Jim’s Butchers just to name a few. The latter two you can pop in and buy from yourself if you are ever near Whitstable High Street. Katy prides herself in turning these raw ingredients into nourishing and moreish dishes that are perfect for sharing and bringing people together, which it certainly did during the day I spent with her. I should have written down some of the lovely compliments I heard from her clients, but to be fair it would have taken up a lot of space on this blog and left no room for the photos.
I love Katy’s ethos that her food brings people together, this is probably why she is a preferred supplier at a number of wedding venues across Kent, Preston Court, Wilderness and The Night Yard to name a few. Luckily for me (and my stomach) we will be working together again soon at Ally and John’s wedding at Preston Court, so keep a look out for that blog in May.
While Katy was busy working away I asked what her favourite food was and she surprised me with her answer, A BURGER. Now that’s proper food. Specifically she says it needs to contain the following, chilli sauce, strong cheddar cheese, pancetta and pickles all wrapped up in a brioche bun, probably with one of those little wooden sticks holding it all together.