So last night was my first ever Kudos Christmas party. I felt so lucky to be celebrating with such amazing and talented people.
We began our evening by drinking prosecco at precisely 4 o clock in the afternoon, because don’t all good parties start with unnecessarily early alcohol consumption? Whilst sipping on bubbles, a bag was handed out filled with pink and white carnations. We each had to take a flower from the bag in order to allocate us to a team. Once we had got into two separate teams we were given some questions that when answered, would give us a clue as to where we were spending the rest of night (I know this seems super long-winded but it was fun, honest!) The clue was a postcode that we had to walk to.
After what was meant to be a 15 minute walk, we finally arrived at the location – the London Underground Cooking School. We started by drinking more bubbles (champagne this time) and eating posh canapés before being split into groups and assigned to a professional chef who taught us how to make the key elements of our dishes.
First, we had to prepare the fish for our crispy sea bass with roasted beetroot and celeriac remoulade starter. Me being the girly girl I am was not happy about having to cut a whole fish into pieces but I did it anyway… with gritted teeth of course.
I then had to prepare my vegetarian main course which was goats cheese stuffed artichoke, vegetarian scotch egg and stuffed onion. I like to think I was doing pretty well until I dropped my artichoke down a hole in the worktop so the pro had to start again for me – it was probably for the best anyway.
For dessert we were taught to make chocolate torte which is basically a dream come true for me. It’s a good job I was useless at preparing it because otherwise I would never eat a proper meal again.
Afterwards we sat at a huge table laid out with crackers, presents and enough wine for all of London, to do a quiz. Unfortunately because almost everyone at Kudos has at least 6 years on me, I had no bloody idea what any of the questions meant let alone what the answers were (reminder for me to learn something, anything) so our team did indeed come last. Oops?
Shortly after everyone had calmed down from their competitive rage we sat and had our 3 course meal. It was SO good and probably one of the best meals I have had in the past 3 months – not that it had much competition. I can’t say that I had anything to do with the Michelin standards but I did give it my best and it’s the taking part that counts right?
So after countless glasses of wine, a heck of a lot of food and about 50 pictures in the photobooth we decided not to call it a night and to instead go into Shoreditch. We went to a couple of bars and the club Cargo – a very strange situation to be in with new work colleagues but nevertheless, I danced until 2 in the morning.
Overall, I had a really wonderful night. Partly because of the amazing Kudos team but also because of all the guys at the Underground Cookery School. They were so lovely and most importantly they kept my glass full all night! It’s fair to say we have all struggled at work this morning. But our boss did buy us all breakfast to soften the 9AM start so we’re all just about still going.
Hugs and wishes,