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Antonin Carême was the most celebrated chef of the early 19th century, a master of pastry and French cuisine. Perhaps that’s why Martinborough chef Jo Crabb named her cooking class company (based at Palliser Estate Wines) after him.

Two Kitchens Chef Jo Crabb at cooking class final

Cheff Jo Crabb at cooking class. (courtesy Robin Ormerod)

She and her partner, artist Stephen Allwood, spend part of the year running cooking classes and the rest of the year gathering recipes in France.

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Hare by Stephen Allwood.

Amelia Nurse visits Jo and Stephen in Martinborough to check out a class, view some paintings and talk about Jo’s new book, My Two Heavens.

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Careme Cooking.

More pictures in our gallery: A tale of two kitchens

Stephen Allwood
Jo Crabb