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December 05, 2015

Mayor-elect cooks something up

Goes straight for the virgin hot toddy

Cooking Reading Terminal Market
120515_KennyCooking Kevin Shelly/PhillyVoice

Philadelphia's mayor-to-be Jim Kenney cooks gumbo at Reading Terminal Market on Saturday, December 5, 2015.

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, showing he is a good sport and has a sense of humor, says there is no good food to eat while watching the Eagles play this season, despite sporting a green jersey during a cooking demonstration at "the best place in Philadelphia," the Reading Terminal Market.

Kenney stirred, sliced and dished up on command, working alongside chef/owner Bill Beck of Beck's Cajun Cafe.

The mayor-in-waiting struggled a bit with oyster shucking for the gumbo, a mix of shellfish, sausage and turkey.

But he seemed to savor slurping a freshly opened one down, brine dripping down his chin.

The market has a series of events featuring its merchants and sometimes guest such as Kenney.

The demonstration drew in Barbara Beatrice, 52, and Jeff Fritzinger, 52, both of Newtown, Bucks County.

The were in the city for a "hike" along a chocolate trail and they wandered in for a sample.

"I don't cook well, but I enjoy watching, confesses Beatrice.

Fritzinger pronounced the finished gumbo "outstanding."

Kenny said he likes to cook, as well as eat, though he did more cooking when he had small children.

He also said he used to eat at the market three times a week when he was a member of City Council.

For a list of market events, check here.