Have you thought about corporate cookery to entertain your staff, or your clients? It can be competitive, setting teams against each other, or it can be relaxed and informal.
It's certainly a different activity and guests really enjoy themselves. Once we know everyone's dietary requirements we can provide a great selection of menus for you to cook.
The event can be themed - e.g. "Japanese Emperor's Reception" or "Spanish Fiesta" or “Emerging Markets”- we’ve got several ideas to suit your needs. We can cope with vegetarians, vegans, and all sorts of allergies!
It can either be a daytime or evening event - we use facilities and kitchens throughout London. It breaks down barriers and really gets people working together.
What makes our cooking events unique is that we can include wine appreciation at the eating stage. Once you've cooked the food - you then sit down to eat it accompanied by fine wines we've chosen especially - usually 6 different varieties. We firmly believe in matching wines with food and it really makes the event extra special.
Costs depend on numbers attending and whether you want the wine appreciation as part of the event. Contact us for a quote.
We use several venues in London and throughout the UK for our cooking events, depending on numbers:
t.a.s.t.e. – located in Barons Court (Hammersmith) can take up to 100 guests with 4 specialised kitchen facilities and restaurant too – also room for meeting beforehand
Cavendish Conference Centre – located at New Cavendish Street, off Portland Place W1 – fantastic location for up to 100 guests – again with opportunity for meeting room and full conference facilities if required
La Cucina Caldesi – off Wigmore Street (Oxford Street) – ideal for groups of up to 20
Underground Cookery School – Moorgate or City Road – great for groups up to 80
Mosimann’s Academy – situated in Battersea – ideal for groups up to 25. Individual hobs and cooking spaces as well as the use of Anton Mosimann’s Library where the food is eaten (over 5,000 cookery books!)
The Ice Tank – new location just on the borders of the City in New Oxford Street. Fantastic modern facilities and used all the time for TV filming. Up to 50 attending.
Topsail Sailing Barges and Paddle Steamers on the Thames – ideal for cooking event from groups of 20 up to 100 – plus you get Tower Bridge opening up just for you! Depending on the vessel you can sail through the City of London, or up the Thames towards Kew. Very different venue from the norm.
For outside London here are just a few of the venues we’ve used. Fantastic Wasing Estate in Berkshire, the 5* Hanbury Manor in Herts, the stately home Patsull Hall in Staffordshire; the Barn at Bury Court in Surry/Hampshire borders etc.
Cooking & Quaffing One Day Saturday Cooking Experience
We also run one-day Saturday cooking courses for those who want to buy an experience for friends, family, or smaller groups. You’ll learn how to cook a 3 x course menu under the supervision of our expert chefs, as well as participating in a tutored wine tasting.
Have you always wanted to cook dinner for your friends and family but still rely on Marks and Spencers for ready-cooked meals?
Now’s the opportunity to get a real hands-on experience and learn from the masters! It’s great for that husband or boyfriend who can’t cook an egg, and also ideal for treating someone special to a great day out. Yes, you have to work, but look at the rewards.
The menu will change for each date, according to season. We take into account all dietary requirements, just let us know in advance.
Next Date: Saturday 27 April
Examples of Menus
Spanakopita Triangles, filo pastry with apricot raisin glaze
Normandy Apples in choux pastry with brandy crème anglaise
Chicken Liver Parfait
Stuffed Trout with Almonds
Poached Pears with Mascarpone
Potato & Celeriac Soup
Chicken Andalusian (Seville-style)
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Butternut Squash Ravioli
Sea Bass with fennel and lime en Papillote
Sticky Date Pudding with Rum Toffee Sauce
10.30am Guests arrive for Health & Safety briefing, then split into groups to cook
1.30pm Guests stop cooking and move to restaurant area
1.45 Food is served with wines
Case Study: t.a.s.t.e.
For this event, as guests arrived they received a glass of Prosecco and some canapés. They then split up into groups to cook the menu which was chosen beforehand (taking into account dietary requests). After 2 hours enjoyable hands on experience, they then sat down to eat what they had cooked, together with a selection wines to harmonise. Here is what the client thought of the event:
"Would you please pass warmest thanks to Mikhail, Simon, Harry et al for the most wonderful, happy memorable evening last Monday. All of us felt it was one of the most enjoyable corporate evenings we have ever had with our friends with whom we do business.
It was extremely well organised; we were looked after so thoughtfully all evening and made to feel so welcome. The food was just delicious - despite our involvement......and of course the wine perfect!
We will be looking for an opportunity to repeat."
Smoked Haddock Chowder
Breast of Bresse Chicken stuffed with Julienne of vegetables
cooked en Papillote
Selection of Bottled Beer & soft drinks
Las Montanas Sauvignon 2012 Chile
Riesling Vieilles Vignes 2011 Rieffel, Alsace
Chardonnay 2009 Yarden, Isarael
Pinot Noir 2010 Isabel New Zealand
Pedro Ximenez Sherry
Comments from Clients
“The evening went really well, thank you so much!
The food was delicious and the wine tasting great fun. The venue, to be so hidden away was excellent too. Your guys were great teachers and managed to keep my noisy team under control....very impressive!
I will be sure to recommend you on to others.”
Ernst & Young
“Just to say have had very good feedback regarding the event last night. Was thought to be a very good evening with both our guys and their clients enjoying it.”
Cushman & Wakefield
“I just wanted to pass along my thanks for Monday night; the group had a great time. Great to have the recipes emailed to us as all of the group was asking for them.”
Corporate Executive Board
“Just a message to say a big thanks for all of your help with organising the corporate cooking event on Tuesday. It was a definite success, the delegates really enjoyed themselves and it was a very nice meal we got to have at the end.
I'll certainly be recommending your company to other teams at PwC who are looking for a similar event.”
"I was keen to drop you an email this morning to say what an absolutely fantastic and fabulous time we had here in Kallo yesterday afternoon and evening.
Everyone found the Mikhail and the whole team incredibly enthusiastic, patient, fun and they had an absolute ball. The wine tasting was informative and a fantastic way to enjoy the food we'd all prepared.
So - it's been a huge success - entirely down to you, Mikhail, Kenneth Harry and the team.
Thank you so much !"
Kallo Foods Ltd
"We had a great time thank you.
I received excellent feedback from all the guests they thought it was a fantastic idea as many were from Europe and stuck in the office for 2 days they really appreciated seeing some of London’s well known sights.
I will distribute the menus so many thanks for sending them."