It’s been a bumper year for shop openings here at COOK, and last Friday saw the last one of 2018, in Gerrards Cross. Our Co-founder Ed was there on opening day, along with lots of familiar faces from COOK, and we were thrilled to have such a warm welcome from everyone who came to see us.
Our new Whole Roast Duck with Cranberry Stuffing is a star of our new Christmas range: tender, boneless and succulent. It’s not essential, but a little orange sauce on the side is a great addition. Here’s an absurdly easy yet very tasty recipe from our chefs…
Last week the COOK office team headed off to rural Kent to for the Big Defrost, their annual get-together. Now in its third year, it gives us some time away to celebrate what we’ve achieved, share some ideas and have a bit of a knees up. Highlights from this year included some very silly presentations from each of the individual teams, a big barbecue, and an inspiring talk from Andy Middleton, the coasteering guru and B Corp champion. The weather was kind, which was a relief as most of the team camped! Here are some of our favourite photos from the day…
Today we’re thrilled to welcome another shop to the COOK fleet, this one in the beautiful city of Winchester. The ribbon was cut this morning by Natalie, representing the volunteers at the local Citizens Advice Bureau, and there’s still lots of tasters, slices of cake and glasses of fizz being given away to celebrate.
Despite being a promising amateur boxer, drug addiction and prison shaped Rene’s 20s and 30s. He joined our RAW Talent programme in 2015, thanks to our connection with Caring Hands, a church-run charity in Chatham that offers food and support to vulnerable people. He now works as a porter in our Finishing Team.
There’s more to business than making money. We see our purpose at COOK as ‘nourishing relationships’ and that covers a lot: between food and where it comes from, between people and their work, between business and society, and between people and their community. That’s why we offer a 30% discount for anyone organising an event that benefits their local community.
An internal newsletter is important for any company, but it’s essential at COOK. With two kitchens on opposite side of the country (Kent and Somerset) and teams in the warehouse, the delivery hubs, not to mention the shops all over the UK, even important news can get lost.