Learning & Development

Independent luxury country house hotel group Exclusive Hotels and Venues has launched a new team-building, incentive and corporate entertainment experience at their recently launched Cookery School, SEASON.

Located within the impressive 63-acre grounds of Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel near Winchester, Hampshire in a stunning 17th Century Grade II Listed Well House, SEASON features a state-of-art kitchen with six double sided workstations, demo area and an informal private dining room, and offers a range of interactive, educational and entertaining classes designed to challenge teams and build relationships in an inspired new team-building experience for the corporate sector.

The new SEASON cookery school can be hired exclusively for up to 24-guests, and offers a choice of three seven-hour classes, including Italian Cooking, French Classic Cooking or a Feast of the East, under the guidance of expert chefs who then dine with the delegates in a full plot-to-plate interactive learning experience.

Short four hour classes offering tuition in sushi, pasta, burger, bread and cake making – suitable for both the novice and confident home cooks – can proceed or follow an all-new falconry experience at Lainston House as part of a full day’s team building exercise, or be enjoyed as part of an evening of entertainment after a meeting or training exercise in one of the hotel’s eight function suites.

SEASON, the Exclusive Cookery School launched in June 2015, provides full and half day classes delivered by experts in their field including cookery school manager Sylvain Gachot, local visiting chefs and award-winning chefs within the Exclusive kitchens including Olly Rouse, Head Chef at The Avenue, Lainston House (3 AA Rosettes), Richard Davies, Executive Chef at The Bybrook, The Manor House, (1 Michelin Star and 3 AA Rosettes), Head Chef Michael Wignall at The Latymer  (2 Michelin Stars and 5 AA Rosettes) and Head Pastry Chef of The Bakery Denis Drame, (Master of  Culinary Arts), both at Pennyhill Park.

As part of the SEASON experience, delegates also have the option of a guided tour and ‘pick-your-own Pimm’s’ experience at Lainston House’s kitchen garden located next to SEASON, or to finish the cookery course with a wine tasting or cocktail making class from the hotel’s sommelier and mixologist.

Johanne Holman, Group Sales and Marketing Director comments, “As a business that understands the value that our clients place on training, education and group interaction to reward and incentivise their teams, we are delighted to have expanded our offering at SEASON to include carefully selected master classes for corporate groups that underline our commitment to providing memorable experiences that attract, inspire, motivate and challenge delegates.”

Johanne continues, “Whether delegates are nervous in the kitchen or competent cooks, our corporate event courses at SEASON are designed to bring teams together for a fun, interactive experience in a unique new environment that inspires creativity and encourages team engagement.  Together with 50 luxury bedrooms, selection of flexible meeting and event spaces, award-winning dining, acres of beautiful grounds and selection of outdoor activities at Lainston House, our new offering cements Exclusive’s position as a complete incentive, corporate event and meeting solution”.

Exclusive use of SEASON Cookery School for up to 24 people for a seven hour class is priced at £4,990 + VAT and includes lunch, a glass of wine per person, unlimited tea & coffee and a SEASON apron, recipe card pack and gift for each guest to take home. Evening class experiences are available for a supplement from £30 inc VAT per person on the 24 hour delegate rate.

For more information please visit the Exclusive Hotels and Venues website.

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