A day in the life of a Seven food assistant

Our Senior Food Assistant, Nadine Brown, gives you the lowdown of working in the Seven test kitchen.

To the outsider, what goes on in the Seven test kitchen might look like a party of layer cakes, Monday afternoon roast dinners and the occasional cocktail (hic!), but a typical day involves much more than a mucky apron, especially when the Christmas food brief comes in…

8am

While most of the office are getting ready to leave the house, trying to remember if they’ve packed their lunch, you’re running around your local Sainsbury’s, a trolley full of cranberry sauce and smoked salmon, wondering where you’re going to get your hands on a whole turkey. In September.

10am

You’ve finally made it into the office, arms laden with shopping bags and a turkey secured from a butcher based on the other side of London – hurrah! Shoving open the kitchen door and triumphantly dragging in your haul like some kind of millennial huntress, a catch up with the rest of the food team reveals that the amount of recipes you were going to be working on today has doubled, and now includes some charcuterie Santas. That means another trip to the shops, and buh-bye to your ‘no snacking rule’ this month. Gah.

11am

Recipe writing can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, researching different ideas to help with your own leads you to discover amazing new bloggers, food trends and ingredients that inspire you. On the other hand, researching different ideas to help with your own leads you to discover amazing new bloggers, food trends and ingredients that make you want to eat ALL the things. Is it lunchtime yet?

12.45pm

You’ve been in the kitchen for just over an hour and you’re on a roll now – the turkey’s in the oven, the mince pies have been baked and you’re just about to start on some Rudolph cupcakes. You’ve got it covered, you’re king of the world, nobody can mess with your aproned flow.

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2.30pm

You have to retest the mince pies. The filling needs a little something different, which means rewriting and more cooking. You feel a little deflated but, hey, at least it’s nothing like those chocolate muffins filled with onion relish you once had to test. Don’t ask.

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4.30pm

Mince pies retested and approved (especially by the hungry hordes in the canteen who hoovered them up in the fastest time yet), you get to the most important part of the day. Drinking. For work, naturally. No Christmas is complete without a cocktail and you’ve got six to work on, with plenty of champagne ready to flow. These might be some of those recipes that don’t make it into the canteen area… double hic!

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