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