Ever since COOK started, our goal has been to be a remarkable food business that is a force for good in society. Our shops engaging with the communities they serve is a huge part of that, which is why we offer a 30% discount on our entire range for community events.
If you’re planning an event for 20 people or more for a charity, club, school or other community group we’d love to help. Ask your local COOK shop for more information - our staff will help with menu planning and tips on cooking for a crowd. Ask in your local COOK shop for more information.
You’ll need to fill out an application form to make sure that your event qualifies and drop it in to your local COOK shop (discount is offered at the discretion of the shop manager).
You can collect an application form in store, or download one here.
Some of the events we've already supported include…
Dale's Top Tips For Mass Catering...
COOK founder Dale was a banqueting chef for many years, so there’s not much he doesn’t know about mass catering. He’s put together a brief guide for you.
1. Defrost your food in the fridge overnight. This will make it easier to decant into saucepans or dishes and quicker to cook. Also defrost any cream-based puddings in the fridge overnight.
2. Ensure hands, utensils and surfaces are squeaky clean.
3. If you’re heating casserole-style dishes on the hob, add a splash of water to your saucepans at the beginning to make sure the food doesn’t dry out.
4. Warm your food on a medium heat, stirring regularly until it’s piping hot all the way through (to be sure, you can use a temperature probe to check it has reached 75 °C). Heating a big saucepan full of casserole for 20 people should take roughly 20 minutes to half an hour.
5. If you’re cooking with lots of dishes in the oven, rotate them between shelves to make sure everything cooks through evenly. If you’re using a microwave, make sure to check that the food is cooked evenly and is piping hot.