Green, Bernice (16 of 25). Food: From Source to Salespoint

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  • Subjects

    Caribbean cuisine; Caterers

  • Recording date

    2001-01-08, 2001-01-19, 2001-01-30, 2001-02-06, 2002-01-21, 2001-02-27, 2001-03-05, 2001-03-13

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Leicester

  • Interviewees

    Green, Bernice, 1937- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Russell, Polly (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 16: Tape 10 Side A. Worked at Simpsons for about a year then left to work for engineering firm that made screws and tools and earned £6 per week. Made friends with two women called Grace and Annie who worked the same machine. When finances would allow they would go for a drink on a Friday night. After engineering firm worked on Old street dying buttons. Then worked in food trade. Started working in London Transport canteen. First was sent to be trained to school in Baker Street for four weeks. This was a school run by London Transport.’ Talks about doing book keeping and getting help from her husband. There were about 30 being trained and ‘people came from all sides of London.’ ‘Was mostly women but one or two men but they went further on to become chefs. Mix of Caribbean and English people on the course. Describes food learned ot cook. Describes first job – started washing up and then slowly was allowed to move onto cooking cakes, meals and more complicated dishes. Describes how food in canteen different to food cooked at home.

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