Steamer Trading Cookshop equips top chefs to cook for a royal gala

Steamer Trading Cookshop was involved in a royal fundraising gala last month hosted by The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

The party was held in aid of the East Anglia Children’s Hospice, a charity of which Kate became a patron in 2012.

The event was held on June 22 at Houghton Hall, a country house in Norfolk, which is the home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley  –  and a short drive from Kate and her husband Prince William’s family home of Anmer Hall.

Housewares specialist retailer Steamer Trading provided much of the cooking equipment used by five top chefs to prepare a special meal for Kate, William, and 80 guests.

A five-course meal was created and cooked by Michelin starred chefs Galton Blackiston, Sat Bains, Claude Bosi, Tom Kerridge and Mark Edwards, all of whom have been awarded Michelin stars.

After the meal, Steamer Trading Cookshop presented each chef with a bespoke Yaxell Super Gou knife, engraved with a Japanese translation of their name.

Steamer Trading Cookshop is a family-owned business that operates 42 stores across the UK. It also sells online at

Founded in 1985 by David and Liz Phillips, respectively the former buying director of Habitat and home editor of ‘The Sunday Times’, the retailer is headquartered in Lewes, East Sussex.

Earlier this year Steamer Trading Cookshop announced the acquisition of Divertimenti, established London cookshop and cookery school and the south-west chain Kitchens Cookshops.


l-r:  Ben Phillips (Steamer Trading Cookshop MD), Tom Kerridge,  Mark Edwards, two sous chefs, Emma Deterling (Chair of EACH – the organising committee for the event), Phillippa Pease of Purple Chilli Events (the evening organiser,Sat Bains, four sous chefs, Galton Blackiston, two sous chefs, Claude Bosi


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