Culina Socialis launches Manchester Kitchen Social

London Kitchen Social, founder Majella O’Connell has taken her original concept to her home town of Manchester to launch #ManchesterKitchenSocial



Marc Grundy, Rob C Allen, Ellen Pope, Maya Blacklock, Thoma White, David Pyke, Majella O’Connel, Dan Barber, Emma Shawcross, JD, Eddie Kilty, Abbie Hart, The Baking Nanna.


Sponsored by Boutique Houspitality and launched on 15th January at Noones Fresh, the event saw seven chefs and bakers from the region produce a variety of dishes featuring ingredients from producers QSM Beef and Lamb, R Noones & Sons, Corry’s Butchers,and using equipment from Stephensons, and vintage china supplier Room Forty.


The food-photography focused networking event was open to chefs and bakers from across the region and was fully booked two weeks prior to its launch date.


The event encourages cooking professionals to produce three dishes alongside their peers, artisan producers, writers, photographers and filmmakers. The dishes are then professionally photographed by Majella O’Connell at the events with the images then becoming available to the chefs and those involved for use across social, web, digital and print.


On the day, Bakers, chefs and guests included The Baking Nanna, Rob C Allen, Eddie Kilty, Maya Blacklock, Director chef of Bumbu Kitchen, Thom White, owner of Maray Liverpool with his head Chef, David Pyle and his sous chef JD, Chef Emma Shawcross, Abbie Hart, the director of boutique hospitality, Mitch Room Forty, Simon Slater, Sales Director from Inland Ice water, Ford Maddox Brown from HG Stephensons and many more of the Noones staff who frequently popped into in to taste the amazing dishes on offer.


The whole event was filmed by Coolbox video who are also based in Manchester.


Dan Barber the Development Chef & Business Development Manager of Noones who also attended the event quoted:


“Manchester Kitchen Social was one of the best, well organised events I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with, bringing Chefs and suppliers together in a relaxed environment to cook, eat and take some amazing pictures of their dishes and produce. It was fun & informal and I can’t wait to get involved in the next one”.

The launch of Manchester Kitchen Social comes on the back of a successful year of Culina Socialis owner Majella O’Connell hosting six sold-out London Kitchen Social events in 2018 alongside taking the concept live with two sold-out interactive dining events, which saw seven chefs deliver a tasting menu in front of an audience at #LKSLIVE.


Majella O’Connell said

“It has been fantastic to see the response to the events in London last year, and I felt I needed to take this concept on the road - Manchester and its food scene was the next natural step. The idea behind London and Manchester Kitchen Social is to collate groups of upcoming chefs, bakers, makers and creatives together in one room to not only get their dishes photographed professionally but also to get individuals talking and collaborating about food and the industry. The events certainly help the chefs, producers and suppliers expand their digital portfolio”