Cookery Class News

Oar-some night of cooking at Hedsor House, for charidy, mate

A live cookery lesson in aid of charity – namely sports relief – will be held over the weekend at Hedsor House in the style of a cook-off between two teams of three from the Olympic kayak and rowing teams.

The £50/head black-tie do, will be held just three miles from Dorney Lake, Buckinghamshire, where the Olympians and Paralympians will choose very different weapons than those you can find in the kitchen to do battle against the world’s best in just a few months time as they take to the water to represent their country at The Games themselves.

However, for the evening in question, the athletes are taking a night off from training to show off their culinary prowess in what’s hoped will be a sell-out gig. The seating arrangements can be booked individually or for a corporate night out of fine dining in larger groups. All tickets are bookable online and if you have a PayPal account, all the better, as this is the preferred choice of payment method for the live cookery demonstration one-of-a-kind culinary showcase.

For your £50 – very reasonable indeed, considering it’s in the name of charity – you are greeted with a glass of champagne (donated by Bibendum Wine, official champagne supplier to The Olympics) or a soft drink with canapés, before going through to take your seat in anticipation of the three-course meal served up by the (albeit temporary) celebrity chefs.

For those of you who have reservations on your palette’s behalf, fear not. All of the cooking will be undertaken under the supervision of award winning chef Melissa Webb – it not certain that she’s given any lessons or a crash cooking course to either of the two teams, but we’re certain she will laud their efforts at the end of the evening as both sets of three course meals are put to the sword by panels of judges – that’s everyone who’s stumped up the fifty numps and braved the cooking – to see which team is crowned the inaugural champions of Hedsor’s Kitchen.

Two members of each team have been named so far; for the rowers, Natasha Page and Mark Hunter have been pencilled in already. And for the kayakers, Jon Boyton and Andrew Daniels are staking their reputations to prepare the best oars d’oeuvres on the night.

All are champions and medallists in their own rite, and we here at reckon the secret weapons for the third man in each team could come from any of the three 80’s gold and silver medallist middle distance runners, namely Lord Seb Roe (or Row, I suppose), Steve Omelette or Steve Scram .

Whatever the final line-up, for those who attend there will be the opportunity, once all the pots and pans are scrubbed and podium celebrations are done with, to meet the athletes involved in the cooking challenge, plus any others who may also tag along to show their support.

It’s £50, all profits go to the Sports Relief charity and you get a three course meal and bubbly in beautiful settings – what more could you ask for?