So Alfred the footman aspires to be a chef and move up a little in the world.
Mrs. Patmore will teach him what she knows (which is a prodigious amount about fine cuisine and jinxed affairs of the heart). Since she’s a woman she could not be a professional chef in the 1920s, but I’m sure she could teach the Ritz Hotel Cooking School instructors a thing or two.
Here is an actual English holiday cocktail party menu from Christmas 2013, served at an aristocratic estate (to remain un-named) that could easily be one served at Downton back in the day.
Shortbread and Cookies (call them ‘biscuits’)
Teeny mince pies
Fruit and Cheese
Vintage port, brandy, and madeira offered
(if you stayed later than the other guests)
Are you planning a Downton Abbey finale party yet?
Tune in January 26, 2014 to your local PBS station for Episode 4, Season 4.