If you’re bored of bland (3 course turkey) set menus and packed restaurants why not bring your team along to The Cooking Academy?

With the help of our expert chefs, you could be cooking your own delicious Christmas banquet!

The fun begins with Bubbly and Canapes on arrival at any of our locations throughout London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Luton and Reading (but not limited to), followed by a ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ challenge in which your team will be tasked to cook and serve the best Christmas banquet to a five star standard!

Choose from a Christmas themed menu or tear up the rule book and select from our long list of cuisines, from Thai to Mediterranean to Spanish Tapas, the possibilities are endless!

Finally there is something magical about coming together to enjoy the fruits of your team’s labour with a drink (or two, it is Christmas after all!), or even enjoy your own homemade Mulled Wine with dinner!

If you would like more information on organising a Christmas party your team will never forget then please give us a call on 01923 778880.

Our events are entirely managed by our team of chefs and event managers; we provide all necessary equipment and ingredients so all you need to do is turn up on the day.



(Ask about dietary changes for vegan/vegetarian& Gluten-free)

  • Venison & Ham Cranberry Tarts
  • Roasted Chicken Bites with Port & Marsala Wine
  • Butternut Squash & Feta Cheese Parcels
  • Duck in Plum Sauce in Spring Rolls
  • Chorizo & Prawn Skewers
  • Parsnips Roasted with Parmesan & Thyme
  • Cranberry & Port Mince Pies
  • Other cuisines available

As a rough guide, this is a timeline of how your Christmas Party will shape up:

  • Bubbly and canapes on arrival at your chosen location
  • Introduction to the challenge and project planning in teams
  • ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ – up to 90 minutes to complete the cookery challenge
  • Come together to enjoy your dishes with drinks and the option of enjoying your own Mulled Wine
  • Prize giving, review and close


  • Silverwood, Rickmansworth, WD3 – groups of up to 12
  • Batchworth Park, Rickmansworth, WD3 – groups of up to 30
  • St Albans, AL3 – groups of up to 50
  • Central London, EC1V – groups of up to 24
  • Central London E1 – groups up to 35
  • Luton, LU3 – groups up to 50
  • Slough, SL3 – groups up to 30
  • Oxford, OX17 – groups of 30
  • Cambridge, CB1 – groups up to 50
  • Or a venue near you!

Customise Your Event

We can create bespoke events to suit your company requirements.

Speak to our Event Planners today to build an event perfect for you.


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What people say.

What an amazing day we all had…it has been the topic of conversation today and the photos have been flying around the office!  It has had the desired effect on the teams here so we are delighted with the outcome.     Thank you all for your most professional help not only before we arrived but during our event too.    (Dawn Lipman – Full Power Utilities)  
Full Power Utilities – Corporate Athlete
“I have to say the team really enjoyed the day off and generally are of the opinion that it was the best retreat event we have had so far! It was perfect for us, very interactive with clear goals and timelines and of course the pay off of lovely food.”  (Bren Vaughan - EBI) 
EBI – Employee Wellbeing Programme
Our cookery event was designed to improve inter-team relationships and encourage colleagues to get to know each other outside of the workspace since happy employees mean happy customers - and growing revenues.  Our objectives were met 100%, exceeding everyone’s expectations for the day, The teams had great fun and most importantly, took something away for themselves, and they have talked about the day since so we’ve created shared memories.   There was good wine and plenty of banter and jokes, it was highly sociable.  And for me, the best part of the day was “watching the whole team putting their effort into the cooking and enjoying themselves.” (Thomas Schneider  - Concur Technologies)
Team Building – Concur Technologies
The event was a lot of fun and a great experience for the whole team, especially since most were out of their comfort zone and yet embraced the tasks. The motivational presentation on nutritional eating was very well received by all the teams and has inspired change here. They are highly charged and engaging with each other as we wanted and so we have achieved everything we had hoped and more. (Trevor Ballantyne - BMW)
BMW – Wellness in the Workplace
Just to say a big thanks for another successful event. I was delighted to see how the event really brought them all together to work to achieve the tasks and they really enjoyed themselves and have been buzzing about it in the office ever since. In fact it's generated a lot of interest in cooking and they are all keen to practice their recipes at home. (Liz Barber - DLL Financial Solutions)
DLL – Wellness in the Workplace
The objective of the day was a bit fun and raised everyone's confidence within the team, which I believe the event definitely did. There has been a great buzz in the office over the past few days, with everyone sharing their experiences" (Neil Mcgruer - BAM)
BAM – Leadership and Development Cookery Event
"This was a very novel experience that makes an interesting talking point with clients - very different to the usual team building events, highly informative, exciting and great differentiator" (Richard Parry - Barclays)
Barclays Team building – Cookery Event
“I just wanted to say thank you again to everyone involved in making our event such as success – the team absolutely loved the day, which was professionally hosted and presented. We had a lot of fun and learning. Thanks for the great photos, and the menus – I know some of the team have already re-practiced some of these at home!” (Dominic Fry, Director of Revenue, Hilton)
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