Crimean War: the chef Soyer’s kitchen at the hospital in Scutari

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Victorian illustration to download showing the chef Soyer’s kitchen at the hospital in Scutari in 1855. In a large orderly room groups of army officers and women gather round long tables laden with dishes, questioning the cooks and inspecting the food. In the foreground one group is sampling food from a saucepan. Soyer (1810-58) was an expert in catering in challenging conditions, and went to the Crimea in February 1855. Here he revised the diet sheets for hospitals in Scutari and Contantinople, and on two visits to Balaclava he, Florence Nightingale and medical staff re-organised the hospitals; he also cooked for the 4th Division of the army.