Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Camilla in the Market for Selfies with Top Chef Bottura and London Foodies; Duchess Picks Up Pork Belly and Ice-Cream as 12-Day Event Launches

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Camilla in the Market for Selfies with Top Chef Bottura and London Foodies; Duchess Picks Up Pork Belly and Ice-Cream as 12-Day Event Launches

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Byline: Lizzie Edmonds

THE Duchess of Cornwall praised the "fantastic" London Food Month Night Market as she mingled with thousands at its launch.

Camilla browsed the food stands and took selfies with three Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura at the opening night of the 12-day street food festival in Perks Field, Kensington.

The duchess, whose son Tom Parker Bowles is one of its curators, wandered around the packed market picking up an ice-cream from Fortnum & Mason, pork belly from Angela Hartnett's flagship stand and queueing in the rain for a Smokestak brisket bun.

She told the Standard: "I think it is fantastic. We have been to Angela Hartnett's stand and Smokestak and I got some ice-cream from Fortnum and Mason because I love ice-cream. If I were here longer, I would have got a lot more food."

Visitors enjoyed dishes from stalls representing major names such as Mews of Mayfair, Cinnamon Club, Patty and Bun, Native, Mama's Jerk and Zoe's Ghana Kitchen.

Hartnett's four restaurants Murano, Cafe Murano Covent Garden, Cafe Murano St James's and Merchants Tavern will be on rotation over the two weeks, with The Ivy and Asia de Cuba joining the line up next week.

Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev and his father Alexander were present to launch their Petrushka Cafe, which will serve traditional breads. Evgeny Lebedev said: "I think the whole thing looks fantastic."

Bottura joined a question and answer session in the Westfield cinema area on food sustainability with the Standard's chairman, Justin Byam Shaw, who founded the Felix Project surplus food charity in honour of his son.

Later in the evening the area became an outdoor cinema, where the film Chef was shown.

Meanwhile brewers Cobra Beer launched two new beers a gluten-free variety and a small-batch blond IPA, called Malabar. …

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