Soyer, Alexis Benoit

CHEF (FRANCE)
BORN 4 Feb 1810, Meaux-en-Brie: rue Cornillion - DIED 5 Aug 1858, London
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (080/RS (3714))

Alexis Benoit Soyer worked as a cook in France before he fled to England during the Revoution of 1830. There he was succesful as the cook of the Reform Club from 1837 to 1850. Afterwards he opened the restaurant Gore House in Kensington, but this was less succesful.

During the Crimean War he advised the army on location on feeding the troops, collaborating with Florence Nightingale on that occasion. In "Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray he appears as the character Moribolant. He was the author of several cooking books.

He was married to the portrait painter Elizabeth Emma Jones, but she died in 1842 after a premature childbirth during a thunderstorm.

Family
• Wife: Soyer, Elizabeth Emma (1836-1842)

Related persons
• was written about by Thackeray, William Makepeace

Sources
Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
Alexis Soyer - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Alexis and Elizabeth Soyer at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (26 Jun 2009)

 


Soyer, Elizabeth Emma

Published: 10 Jul 2010
Last update: 10 Jul 2010