The Cookery School at Braxted Park hosts ‘The Great Browser Media Banquet’.

The Cookery School here at Braxted Park was approached by Browser Media, a local inbound marketing company based in Colchester, to host their end of year Christmas party, named ‘The Browser Media Banquet’.

On arrival the team enjoyed a glass of bubbly and donned their aprons ready for the afternoon of festive cooking ahead.

The menu, created by William (Billy) Grinstead included:

Baked crab pot with creamy leeks and pepper vinaigrette

Gressingham breast of duck, tarragon rosti potato, red currant jus, confit garlic and crispy leeks

Mulled wine poached pears with brandy custard and honeycomb

White and dark chocolate cheesecake, mango coulis and shortbread biscuits

“The menu is absolutely delicious! I’m already planning a dinner party over the Christmas break to show off my new skills!” said Tom, a delegate of the party.

Organisers of the event, Ashleigh and Annie had some specific requirements for the day including festive music and party tricks to perform during dinner. We were more than happy to work with the team to make sure the day ran smoothly. We also provided festive table decorations and culinary themed crackers to pull during dinner.

There was also an element of friendly competition to the day, which included the categories; best starter, best main course, best dessert, best knife skills and best presentation. Billy kindly stepped into judge the finished plates of food.

“I was only too happy to help judge their competition - it was great fun and everyone made a sterling effort” - Billy

Ashleigh, organiser of the party said “The Cookery School at Braxted Park was the ideal venue for our end of year party and catered for all our needs. They were particularly accommodating to our dietary requirements and were only too happy to provide a gluten free and vegetarian menu too. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day, taking away new cooking skills and some wonderful recipes”

To find out more about the courses on offer at the cookery school visit about our corporate cookery packages please visit or contact Sharon Sonnex on 01621 890300 or

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