Masterchef competition proves hit with local charity
Braxted Park hosts Master Chef competition for local charity
In February 2012 The Cookery School at Braxted Park played host to a charity Master Chef competition to raise money for the Anderson Foundation. The Anderson Foundation was established in 2003 by Mark Anderson, Chairman of the Anderson Group, one of the largest construction and development companies in the South East of England. The Foundation has raised in excess of £1.3M, distributed amongst a number of beneficiaries including the NSPCC, The Marina Dalglish Appeal, Breast Cancer Research and Help for Heroes.
The Anderson Foundation Master Chef competition involved twelve teams of two, made up of a mix of ages and across both sexes and included Mark Anderson, the man behind the Anderson Foundation.
Each pair was tasked with cooking a four course meal under the careful guidance of Cookery School at Braxted Park's chef, William Grinstead. The meal consisted of parsnip soup with parsnip crisps, ham hock and chicken terrine, duck with rosti potatoes and a flaming crème brulee for dessert. The timing of the cooking was critical as, once cooked, this food was to be shared with guests of the competitors.
Guests were served tea and coffee throughout the day and were served lunch cooked by the team at Braxted Park. Duncan Clark, owner of the Braxted Park estate, gave the guests a tour of the estate and its history.
At 6.15, following a quick change of clothes, each team were joined by four guests in the Dining Room of the main house on the Braxted Park estate for a champagne reception. This was a mixture of partners, children and friends of the competitors. The competitors and their guests then shared the food cooked throughout the day, with service carried out by the experienced team from Braxted Park. Each team were served the food they cooked.
Prizes were then awarded to the top performing team, and many of the guests stayed overnight at Braxted Park thanks to the availability of the stunning Stable Rooms.
Mark Anderson, the founder of the Anderson Foundation participated in the event at Braxted Park and says:
"The Master Chef competition at Braxted Park was a new experience for me as I had never participated in anything like this before. All the competitors in the event had contributed large amounts of money to our foundation and it was therefore incredibly important that the day was a success and went without a hitch.
"Braxted Park is a stunning location, and the Cookery School at Braxted Park was a superb venue to hold an event like this. The kitchen is well laid out and fully equipped with everything we needed. Braxted Park's chef, William, was helpful and knowledgeable and did a great job of keeping us all on track.
"The same can be said for the evening event, where the staff from Braxted Park provided us with everything we needed.
"I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Braxted Park as a venue for a corporate or fundraising event like this."