Ready steady cooking

"The staff were incredibly helpful and the day was well organised."

In June 2012 Allwag Promotions, one of the UK's leading promotional merchandise providers, held a team building and training session at Braxted Park. This was a full day session, starting at 9am and finishing at 5pm, and utilised a number of elements of the Braxted Park estate. Allwag Promotions wanted a day that challenged their staff while offering training and a fun team building activity.

12 members of the Allwag Promotions team met in the Cookery School at Braxted Park tea, coffee and pastries at 9am. This was followed by an introduction and briefing from one of the Cookery School's chefs, Mark Webb.

After splitting into pairs, the team them embarked on a Ready, Steady, Cook challenge, where each pair were provided with a bag of ingredients and, with guidance from Mark the chef, had to design a menu using these ingredients. Each pair then cooked the recipe, provided by the chef, and was helped along the way by Mark.

The challenge lasted two and half hours and was followed by lunch, served in the dining area of the Cookery School at Braxted Park.

Following lunch the team were set a treasure hunt task, designed by the Allwag Promotions management team and using parts of the 500 acres of parkland that surround the Braxted Park house.

The team then returned to the dining room of the Cookery School at Braxted Park where they took part in a two hour training session, hosted by an external trainer.

The day finished at 5pm, and the team from Allwag Promotions were able to take home the food they had produced earlier that day.

Angela Wagstaff, owner of Allwag Promotions, says:

"We wanted a training day that gave our staff a unique hands-on team building activity, but needed to combine this with a short training session. Braxted Park, with its beautiful Cookery School and parkland, proved to be the perfect venue for this.

"The staff were incredibly helpful and the day was well organised. Mark Webb, the chef from The Cookery School at Braxted Park, was knowledgeable and great at getting the very best from the team.

"I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Braxted Park as a corporate event and team building venue."

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