Incentive: Dinner with celebrity chef James Martin

Treat your delegates to five delicious courses prepared in front of you by celebrity chef James Martin in The Kitchen at Chewton Glen.

Treat your delegates to dinner with James Martin
Treat your delegates to dinner with James Martin

If James Martin is one of your dream dinner party guests, look no further. The Kitchen at Chewton Glen, where Martin holds dinners once a month, offers 10 guests the chance to experience dinner with the former Saturday Kitchen star.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to experience both Martin’s cuisine and famous larger-than-life personality. The chef’s table setting immediately provided a sense of familiarity with the other guests as well as with Martin – it felt like having a dinner party at a friend’s house.

Beginning with deep fried aubergine, caramel miso and scallop, the sweetness of the starter was countered by the subtle spices of the impossibly creamy Thai lobster risotto that followed.

The seafood theme continued with langoustine tortellini, perfectly al dente, smothered in a luxurious crème de champagne sauce, with caviar & nasturtium.

After these relatively light bites, Martin served up a meaty main of roast salt aged duck breast with dauphinoise potatoes, garnished with apple & cherry to ensure those five a day.

Finishing off four distinct savoury courses was a gin and vanilla pannacotta with strawberries and monkey bread. The monkey bread, which looked terrible but tasted divine, was served piping hot from the oven and provided an indulgent end to the five-course feast.

Wine snobs will be delighted to know that each course is paired with a sommelier-matched wine, ranging from a light sparkling white to a dark and full-bodied red to satisfy the complete palette.

Hardcore fans will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions or request anecdotes over the three hour slot. The gourmet extravaganza is matched only by Martin’s dry banter with guests. Expect off-the-cuff jokes and outrageous stories – he is controversial, boisterous, and direct, but never boring.

 

For more features and breaking news sign up to C&IT Magazine's daily News Tracker.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
Why wellness isn't just for delegates

Why wellness isn't just for delegates

From taking time to see the sights to apps that help your sleep patterns, Top Banana's Ian Cooke has some wellbeing tips.

7 lessons for event planners from... Brexit

7 lessons for event planners from... Brexit

We asked industry figures what the Brexit process has taught them about planning and executing big events.

Inntel hires new head of business travel

Inntel hires new head of business travel

Senior appointment will manage business travel operations teams and mentor the agency's business travel consultants.

5 ways to bounce back from travel sickness

5 ways to bounce back from travel sickness

Wellness expert John Ayo shares his health tips to make sure you and your event don't have to suffer.

What's the biggest challenge for corporate event planners?

What's the biggest challenge for corporate event planners?

Panel of experts at Cvent Connect examine what will affect in-house event professionals most during the next three years.

Marketing budgets cut for the first time in seven years, says Bellwether Report

Marketing budgets cut for the first time in seven years, says Bellwether Report

Total marketing budgets fell in the third-quarter amid economic and political uncertainty, but outlook for 2020 is positive.

Another landmark year for Belfast after winning Best Events Destination 2019

It's been a record-breaking year for Belfast with stand-out numbers for business tourism sales and awards galore.

Event agency wins Best Business award

Event agency wins Best Business award

Sleek Events hailed as 'outstanding with year-on-year growth' by Best Business Women Awards.

Case study: Unbound's festival of innovation

Case study: Unbound's festival of innovation

Light Fantastic produced the two-day showcase featuring immersive experiences, hackathons and talks.

The Creative Engagement Group hires three senior creative directors

The Creative Engagement Group hires three senior creative directors

Agency brings in new staff to strengthen its creative team for live experiences, communications, interactive and immersive content.

LATEST JOBS