The opening date of a new cookery school and casual dining restaurant at the five-red-AA-star, 70-bedroom Chewton Glen hotel in New Milton, Hampshire, has been confirmed as 1 March.
Headed by chef tutor Rob Cottam, who will be working in conjunction with TV presenter and former Chewton Glen chef James Martin, the Kitchen at Chewton Glen will feature 12 professional cooking stations and a 40-seat eaterie.
It is the latest new venture for Chewton Glen, which last year celebrated its 50th anniversary and was voted to the number one spot on the inaugural Hoteliers' Hotels Top 100 list, launched unveiled by The Caterer, in conjunction with Sky.
Classes will be hosted by Cottam, who was previously head of the cookery club on board P&O Cruises' Britannia ship, and before that was development manager and senior teacher at Leith's School of Food & Wine in London. He will be joined by guests chefs, such as Martin, as well as Tom Kerridge, Atul Kochhar, Richard Corrigan and Dan Doherty.
The cookery school will overlook Chewton Glen's kitchen gardens, which has been established by the hotel's estate manager Darren Venables and will supply the new venture with vegetables, fruits and herbs.
Classes will run from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9.30am to 4pm, with prices starting from £185 to include refreshments, lunch, all equipment and ingredients. Themes will include: found and foraged, Morocco to the Middle East, baking greats, nutritious and delicious, food for the family, as well as a junior chef programme.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, the new restaurant will feature an open-plan kitchen with a pizza oven, chef's table for private dining and celebrations, informal lounge, and outside seating area. The Chewton Glen bakery, which will produce a range of artisan breads and pastries, will also be located here.
Restaurant dishes will included wood-fired pizzas, gourmet burgers, super food salads, and lobster and chips.
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