My name is Eleanor Watkins and I’m from Louisville Kentucky, USA. When I moved over to the UK to pursue an MSc in food science, I had actually never heard of pavlova! I ate pavlova for the first time when my mother-in-law made it for me, and I was in love. I love the simplicity of meringue, cream, and fruit.
After several years of eating pavlovas, I finally thought about creating a make your own pavlova bar, and so, simply Pavlova was born and I became a food entrepreneur.
My passion isn’t specifically about patisserie or desserts, but rather cooking in general. Prior to moving to the UK, I worked as a chef in restaurants for five years. With my culinary and scientific background, I experimented to find the best way to make the perfect meringue for a pavlova.
The perfect meringue is the secret to any pavlova. I like them snow white in colour (if they aren’t flavoured!), crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. I also think a great sauce, like our salted caramel or berry coulis, sets it apart and makes it a special dessert. The origin of pavlova is a bit of a contentious subject – with both Australia and New Zealand claiming to be the birthplace of pavlova.
We love Mercato Metropolitano because it isn’t just a food market in London, but a dedicated social enterprise committed to teaching the importance of how to create great food. Our first goal with Simply Pavlova is to create high-quality desserts, but we too are committed to educating people on how to make quality food. This is why we jumped at the chance to host a Make your own Pavlova class with Mercato Metropolitano, as well as do a three-weekend pop up.
MM is inviting people, companies and policymakers across London, the UK and the world to join the movement to change food culture in the country. This is an open invitation for people who believe in:
Healthy, sustainable, living food made with rural, artisanal practices
Supply chains that prioritise quality over price and make good, healthy food available
The importance of community in cities across the world, starting with London
We are delighted to welcome you all back, with an array of international dishes from our food trading partners, fresh groceries and artisanal deli in our community markets, which have been expanded with new outdoor seating options.
The wellbeing of our guests and our team is always our priority, and at this time it is more important than ever. We have in place the necessary precautions to deal with the Covid-19 situation and keep our visitors safe. Here are the measures we are taking to ensure your visit is safe, including:
• Indoor and outdoor seatings which have been configured to maintain social distancing in line with Government’s guidelines.
• A reduced and limited number of guests temporarily allowed in our markets, with social distancing markings which are in place throughout the indoor and external areas.
• In compliance with the NHS “Test and Trace” system, we are keeping a temporary record of our visitors, to assist NHS with data requests if needed. Please rest assured that we do not use any personal detail collected for any other purpose and will destroy them safely after this NHS requirement ceases.
• Increased hygiene and cleaning of surfaces and restrooms.
• Hand sanitiser stations installed and easy to find around the markets.
While we handle the restrictions required to assist the NHS and the country during this uncertain time, we remain committed to providing all our visitors and citizens with a safe, enjoyable and unique MM experience. Stay tuned to our social media channels for updated opening hours.