The Kitchen at Chewton Glen, a new purpose-built cookery school and dining complex, will open in March 2017.
Working in association with celebrity chef and Chewton Glen alumnus James Martin, the cookery school will be headed-up by Chef Tutor, Rob Cottam. James and Rob have formulated a rolling roster of bespoke and stimulating courses and demonstrations that will inspire, inform, educate and most importantly provide a culinary experience that is packed full of fun and enjoyment. Classes will be hosted by Rob and visiting guest and celebrity chefs, including Tom Kerridge, Atul Kochhar, Richard Corrigan, Dan Doherty, and, of course, James Martin himself.
A highly experienced, passionate cookery teacher and demonstrator, Rob will teach cookery classes that are suitable for all skills and ability levels - whether for those just starting out on their adventures in the kitchen, or confident home cooks looking to improve their skills. Rob is classically trained and has travelled throughout the world gaining wide-ranging knowledge of cooking ingredients and techniques. This, coupled with an extensive understanding of contemporary food trends, will ensure that his engaging teaching style will be tremendously popular at The Kitchen.
The purpose-built space will set the stage for enjoying and learning about food and cooking. The design is open-plan; bi-folding doors and glass panelling will flood the cookery school and casual restaurant with light. Each of the 12 professionally equipped cooking stations will have views over the dedicated kitchen garden, which has been established by Chewton Glen’s Estate Manager, Darren Venables. Its raised beds and greenhouse will provide year-round supplies of herbs and vegetables.
The cookery school will offer a relaxed and convivial learning environment, where guests will experience expert tuition on a cosmopolitan range of food and wine courses in small classes, all in the spectacular surroundings of Chewton Glen. Course days will start with coffee and home-baked pastries and a sneak peek at what’s growing in the garden. Each student will have their own spacious and well-equipped work station.
Classes will run Tuesday to Sunday from 09.30 until 16.00, with prices starting from £185, including refreshments, lunch, all equipment and ingredients. Class themes will include: Found and Foraged; Morocco to the Middle East; Baking Greats; Nutritious and Delicious; Food for the Family; and a Junior Chef programme.
In addition to the cookery school, The Kitchen will also feature a 40-seater informal restaurant, with an open-plan kitchen with a pizza oven, chef’s table for private dining and celebrations, an informal lounge, an outside seating area, and private parking. It will be open daily for lunch and dinner, and will also be home to the Chewton Glen bakery that will produce a range of artisan breads and pastries for hotel guests and visitors to The Kitchen. Typical dishes in the restaurant will include wood-fired pizzas, gourmet burgers, superfood salads, and lobster and chips.
Details of how to book The Kitchen, including the preliminary schedule of courses, and information on gift vouchers, can be found on the website or by ringing 01425 275 341.