Members of the Cookshop and Housewares Association rose to the challenge of demonstrating their expertise in last week’s European-cuisine-themed 2007 CHA Independents Day.
Cookery workshops hosted by five Direct Company suppliers educated the delegates on a range of products and brands, focussing on the use, care and origin of products.
Le Creuset’s workshop involved cooking a French three-course meal, while Italian pan-fried bruschetta and pasta was on the Lagostina menu. Meyer Group focussed on modern European dishes such as chilli beef noodles and pineapple fruit flambé, while the WMF team demonstrated making their one-pot Swabian sausage casserole. And Dunnetts presented a themed cake decorating workshop.
Several CHA members won prizes based on their efforts but no one went away empty-handed as there were goody bags and exclusive special offers for all CHA retailers attending.
The venue was Heythrop Hall, a former stately home in Oxfordshire.
Commenting on the day CHA chairman Caroline Gordon said: “The mix of culinary entertainment and product training always goes down well and the participants all excelled themselves – cooking a three-course meal in only 20 minutes (Ready Steady Cook, eat your heart out), and then proving we could decorate a cake!”