Kitchen Queens

Kitchen Queens is a bank of long-form samples featuring the voices of women chefs I sourced from British cookery programmes televised during the 1970s and early 1980s. The work of each of these women predates the notion of food preparation as aestheticized leisure activity. They each present an informative, didactic cook-along: this is domestic labour not lifestyle cookery.

Due to the nature of my playing style and the machine I use to integrate sampled material into my sets, I can never be sure which Kitchen Queen will appear, or what she’ll be instructing me to make.

Kitchen Queens appear sporadically during live improvisations in 2019 and 2020. Extracts were committed to digital memory, notably at the close of TR-33N’s New Year’s Eve Das Booty liveset, 52 minutes onwards.

There are obvious parallels between standing behind a counter top, learning formulas for creating food and standing behind a counter top, learning formulas for creating sounds. At some point, you no longer need the recipe. I leant into this physical similarity during lockdown, when I broadcast live from behind my own kitchen counter.