The Force


As with so many of the best ideas, the Stir Wars pop-up was the result of people completely misunderstanding each other on Twitter. Menu details will come out nearer the time, but here’s who’ll be cooking for the 5th of May (and raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation).


Danny Kingston is a self proclaimed food adventurer, novice allotmenteer, supper club host and writer of the entertaining, epicurian blog – Food Urchin.

He can often be found digging pits to cook and bury whole animals or foraging for garden snails for paella or siphoning explosive marrow rum into bottles or deep frying squirrel for his family to eat around the kitchen table. Listed by MSN as ‘one of the top twenty foodies to follow on Twitter’, Danny has worked with Stefan Gates, Gizzi Erskine and sat next to Jake Gyllenhaal at St John’s Restaurant, London. Well, Jake was on the next table actually but they made eye contact over a plate of sliced ox heart.

A fervent Star Wars fan who is in whole hearted agreement with Simon Pegg that The Phantom Menance was horrific and all copies should be burnt on some pyre somewhere. Possibily on Tatooine, where it all began.


MiMi Aye is the British Burmese writer of the food blog Meemalee.

Recommended by Lonely Planet and in Time Out London, MiMi has appeared on-line in the Guardian, BBC Good Food, and Serious Eats, and her recipes have been featured on Channel 4 Food to accompany the TV show “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escapes”.

MiMi held her first pop-up night at The Wild Garlic owned by Mat Follas who won MasterChef in 2009, and she is the co-founder of the Grazing Asia Supper Club which launched at Jamie Oliver’s flagship restaurant Fifteen last year.

MiMi is currently working on her first book and is represented by AP Watt. She likes pork.


Despite her family owning a commercial bakery when she growing up in Ireland, Gail Doggett has never been drawn towards the life of a professional chef. However she’s never happier than when baking for friends and family because as we all know, cake = love, and she generally documents this on onemilliongoldstars. What she lacks in experience she makes up for in chocolate. She’s very excited about creating concepts for Stir Wars, though given that she’ll be very pregnant and a liability on the night, she has enlisted the help of an awesome secret weapon for the 5th of May: Arianna Halshaw of Bittersweet Bakers.


When Arianna Halshaw was studying History at NYU she caught the food bug while waitressing at the Waldorf=Astoria, as the first woman ever employed by the legendary Bull and Bear. With a history degree under her belt, entering the world of academia had been the plan. Instead she enrolled in The French Culinary Institute, and moved from front of house into the kitchens at the Waldorf=Astoria (not before she met George Clooney and Frank Sinatra and frankly, could have died happily then anyway). Working in New York kitchens, including Payard Patisserie and Union Square Cafe, in the late 90s and ’00s was straight out of Kitchen Confidential and if you buy her a bourbon she’ll probably tell you all about it.  Now living in London for almost a decade, at Bittersweet Bakers she specializes in American style baking using seasonal flavours, and admits she’s a baking geek (just get her started on baking powder versus bicarb). She has been known to use cake for bribery and is proud of it.

One comment on “The Force

  1. This sounds like the most fantastic night and I only wish that I wasn’t cooking elsewhere on the same day!!

    I LOVE Star Wars and i’m jealous of all involved and attending!

    If you ever plan to do another similar event please please rope me in/email/tweet/shout at me and I will be on the first train to London:-)

    Good luck

    Denise (Moel Faban Secret Supper Club) xx

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