Get your taste buds tingling with our gastronomic experience that will challenge everybody, no matter how good (or bad) you are in the kitchen. Food is a great way to bring people together and this event is all about having fun and interacting with colleagues, learning new skills (and showing off hidden talents) while cooking and eating a selection of scrumptious dishes.
Our expert chefs will be on hand offering advice, tips and techniques to ensure that you make the tastiest food possible. This is a great activity with lots of scope for learning and being creative.
The event starts with our experienced chef instructing and demonstrating how to make a selection of dishes. Then it's up to the teams to prepare and cook a two course meal. This can either be a starter and main, or main and pudding. All equipment and fresh ingredients are provided for each team to use. Once teams have finished cooking, teams can ‘break bread' and enjoy their creations at the end of the session.
Groups can choose the two courses that they would like to create from the menu below:
Smoked haddock fish cakes & Hollandaise Sauce
Wild Mushroom & Artichoke
Red Onion & Stilton Tart & Walnut Dressed Salad
Asian fishcakes with wasabi mayo and lemon dressed leaves (V) Roasted butternut squash cakes with coriander and chilli with lemon dressed leaves
Pancetta, slowly cooked leeks & parmesan tart with rocket
Ballontine of Chicken, Celeriac Puree & Green Beans
Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Tomato Farci*
Sri Lankan Chicken Curry & Lime Leaf Scented Rice
Pearl Barley & Tomato Risotto (V)
Dark Chocolate Fondants
White chocolate & raspberry tart
Treacle tart, lemon creme
Pear & Frangipane Tart
Apple & Cinnamon Strudel
Chocolate Tart with Raspberry Coulis
*An additional surcharge of £3 per person will be added to Lamb dishes
· Fresh ingredients
· All equipment
· Safety equipment
· Public liability insurance
· Experienced chef
· Full event management
· Presentation and fun prizes for the winning teams
Available as a half day (3 hours) or full day (6 hours) event
We supply food, utensils, and aprons for the session and generally two people to run the event. This event can take place in a hotel conference room using our mobile mini ovens, or in a fully equipped kitchen. We can liaise with the venue to check suitability.
· All electrical goods are tested and we follow all health and safety regulations.
· Ingredients can be tailored to fit in with times of the year or cultural themes.
· We hold current food and hygiene certificates
Feedback on this event from our clients:
“Thanks for fixing a tremendous event- the attendees were so happy with the whole day it was unbelievable, and the Gourmet Challenge was a huge part of that. Your team did a super job, despite the disparate skills and personalities on display from our group. They were courteous, funny, service-minded, capable and patient beyond belief. I look forward to being asked to put together another such event in the future- and when I am, you will be the first person I call. Please make sure to pass this e-mail on to your managers, and the team on the day to ensure you all get the credit that you deserve for this fantastic event”
- Thomson Reuters
“We all had a fantastic time, thank you so so much for your help! The service from Hoops and the girls was perfect, always willing to help (despite how needy we can be, as you know!) The atmosphere was brilliant and the team really enjoyed the surprise. I special thank you to you though, I could not have organised any of it with out you! Please look out for a little thank you in the post”
“Thank you so much for all your help in organising yesterday's very successful event. The feedback I've received so far was extremely positive. The event met all of our expectations and we really had fun. The chefs were excellent and really made it an enjoyable yet informative experience. Please reiterate our thanks to them. Their expertise, lively personalities and words of encouragement really made the event work. We were all nicely surprised that the food tasted incredible at the end too. So that was a real bonus. Thanks to Danny for managing and introducing the event and explaining the values and benefits to the team”