Long before the current crop of celebrity chefs, Alexis Soyer showed how it should be done. He cooked unimaginably luxurious — and expensive — dinners for royalty and the aristocracy. He invented kitchen equipment. He also opened soup kitchens and campaigned for better food for the poor. His cookbooks and bottled sauces carried his name far and wide. He transformed cooking in the British army.
Take a listen to some snippets from his extraordinary life.
All the best