Last night we had our work’s Christmas ‘do’, and we actually did something that I’ve been wanting to do for ages!
I work for a very very small (but successful) company – we only have 15 people that work for us – and for our do, we went to the wonderful L’atelier des Chefs in Wigmore Street.
It’s a great concept. You go along, and you are taught how to cook a dish – they do different price ranges, styles and number of courses – you’re taught by a professional chef (our one was pretty cute), in a professional kitchen, and then you sit down with your class and eat the results of your labours.
We did a three course meal, which was prawns with avocado, haloumi, chili etc followed by duck with green beans, flaked almonds and an orange sauce and then poached pears with sable biscuits and cinnamon cream. It was fantastic. As there were 15 of us, we were split into 3 teams of 5, and I slipped up really…I’m quite a good cook, and I’m an absolute foodie and watch food programmes constantly. I ended up in the group with 4 blokes who never cook. not only did I have to shout a lot, but I also ended up doing most of the work AND I kept getting really frustrated with them – especially as two of them managed to cut themselves (one I reckon did it on purpose to get out of doing anything!). i even had to peel quite a few of the prawns, which I NEVER do as I can’t have my food looking at me! Eyes should be gone before I think about eating something!
But surprisingly, even though I was in the crappest team, the food we produced was absolutely gorgeous! And I loved having all the professional equipment – the knives were SO sharp – I’ve never been able to dice an onion so finely, LOL.
Also, it was great that while we were eating each course, all the kitchen was cleared and everything set out for us – we didn’t have to do any measuring, weighing, washing-up, searching for equipment etc etc – just get on with cookign what was a scrummy, perfect meal!
With a couple of glasses of champagne on arrival and copious bottles of wine during the meal, it was a brilliant evening, and lovely for us all to get together – there were people who have worked for the company for years who had never met (there are quite a few home-based).
And they have a fantastic cookware shop there too (as they would have) and after we’d finished eating, my chief exec had another surprise – we each had a tab of £25 to get whatever we wanted from the shop!! Woohoo!! All this on top of a Christmas bonus that had been unexpected. AND then we had lots more booze bought for us at a bar round the corner.
I love my company. I love food. And I officially loved last night and recommend it to anyone. I’d love to organise to do it with a group of friends.