Friday 1st June 2018 - Thornden Hall - Raised £11,336.77

On Friday 1st June, Hampshire foodies gathered at Thornden School Chandler's Ford to enjoy Charity Chefs’ Challenge starring teams of chefs from three of the South's top hotels; Lainston House Hotel Winchester, the Christchurch and Southampton Harbour Hotels and Chocolate masters and winners of the 2016 / 2017 Bake Off; Crème de la Crème.

The evening started with a welcome drink, canapés and tastings generously donated and served by Ringwood Brewery, Vanilla Catering, Cook Romsey, Waitrose and Sushi Daily Chandler’s Ford. 

The show, hosted by Chef Alex Aitken, started with the chefs ‘pie challenge’, which had been instigated by sponsor Accord Accountancy.  Fellow Sponsors The Myers Touch, Airways Optical, Concorde Insurance and donors Lyburn Cheese judged the pies to be utterly delicious. The Jetty’s classic Fish Pie and Lainston House’s beef Wellington pie both contained the vital extra ingredients of Ringwood ale.

Chef Craig McColm created a main course of breast of chicken, creamed Leeks and asparagus, served with grilled prawns and a lobster sauce. Sylvain Gachot and Andy MacKenzie created Murdered beetroot, torched mackerel and rice puff, all within their 30 minutes time challenge and lucky competition winners, donors and a few members of the audience were invited up to the chefs’ tables to savour the food.

100 of the 300 guests opted to support the catered interval lounge where they enjoyed refreshments provided by Bay Leaves Larder and M&S Eastleigh. 

In the second half of the show, Master Chocolatiers Mark Tilling and Ian Mark were presented with a mystery bag of ingredients and 40 minutes to make delicious desserts of chocolate mousse on a sponge base with raspberries and chocolate sculpture and a sponge base overlaid with pistachios, peach and chocolate.  A fresh jury of lucky tasters were asked for their opinions of the two desserts, and the audience proceeded to vote for their favourite dish. Following the raffle and auction ‘Champion' medals were presented to all of the chefs by volunteer event organiser, Katy Metson.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support us either as a performer, volunteer, sponsor, donor or a member of the audience, we salute you.

Katy Metson handing over the cheque of £11,336.77 to Sarah Parish

Steve Crockford, Sylvain Gachot, Craig McColm, Alex Aitken, Katy Metson, Ian Mark, Andy MacKenzie, Mark Tilling

The Murray Parish Trust


This year Cookerydemo 3 raised money for local Hampshire charity The Murray Parish Trust. Both of our children have benefitted from the wonderful services provided by both the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and University Hospital Southampton and we wanted to be able to give something back. Fundraising for the MPT seemed to be the obvious opportunity to do this.

"The Murray Parish Trust is dedicated to the advancement of paediatric emergency medicine. Its current challenge is to raise £2 million to build a new state of the art children’s emergency and major trauma department at University Hospital Southampton, delivering life-saving care for critically ill children from across the South of England. It will allow children to be treated completely separately from adults, in an environment designed to minimise their anxiety, and where their privacy and dignity is preserved. The charity has successfully lobbied for Government matchfunding, so every single pound raised on its behalf will be automatically doubled!"

Please click here or visit for more information or see the video below.


Founders and trustees James Murray and Sarah Parish

Photograph courtesy Craig Hobbs Photography


Raffle Prizes​​

  • Dinner for 2 at the Myers Touch Dining club. The Myers touch would like to invite you and your companion to join them as guests, for an exclusive dining experience. Savour fine food, the best wines and relaxed conversations in a unique and intimate setting. more info

  • Enjoy an indulgent spa experience at the new Southampton Harbour Hotel in Ocean Village. Your prize will include full use of the luxurious spa facilities, including the swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, relaxation room and gym. You will be treated to a relaxing back massage or ESPA facial with one of the highly experienced therapists, before enjoying a light lunch and soft drink in the HarSPA Café. more info

  • Win a beautiful selection of goodies from Sass and Edge an independent womenswear boutique based in the heart of Winchester.  Goodies include a £30 gift voucher, beautiful Stara London jewellery and Yerse Scarf and a deliciously aromatic Club 22 Candle. Even if you're not lucky enough to win, pop in and experience the fresh, relaxed shopping environment, have a wander and if you’d like, the friendly staff can help you with some styling advice, Sass & Edge welcomes you with open arms. more info

  • Le Creuset Cast Iron 24cms Round Casserole dish. Le Creuset has been making world-class cookware for almost 100 years, used by leading chefs and keen cooks around the globe, Le Creuset cookware offers outstanding performance time after time. This is your opportunity to own a beautiful Le Creuset Cast Iron 24cms Round Casserole dish, simply add it to your existing collection or make it the first in your new collection! more info

  • Oakley Holbrook sunglasses, one of the best selling models for both men and women, available in a stylish matte black colour with 'warm grey' lens filter. Courtesy of Leightons Opticians, Chandler’s Ford. more info

  • Hattingley Valley vineyard tour and wine tasting for 2. The winner and their friend are cordially invited to a Hattingley Valley vineyard tour and wine tasting. An in depth tour of the state-of-the-art winery will be followed by a tasting of Hattningley Valley’s premium English Sparkling Wines. This is your opportunity to appreciate viticulture and winemaking near Alresford in Hampshire. more info

  • Ringwood Brewery tour and tasting for 4. Beer has been brewed in Ringwood for centuries, ever since medieval man first mixed the crystal water of the River Avon with malted Hampshire barley. Bring 3 of your friends with you to learn about Ringwood brewery’s current day brewing traditions. Taste the malted barleys, have a sniff of the hops, and see the fermentations bubbling away in the TunRoom. The tour experience takes approximately 90 mins and includes a complimentary drink in the Pin Room. more info

  • Special Thai Restaurant £100 Gift Voucher - Chef Vichai and his manager wife Anne invite you to their family run Special Thai Restaurant. Enjoy authentic yet healthy Thai food in their contemporary stylish and relaxed restaurant situated in the centre of Chandlers Ford. more info

  • Chandler’s Ford Racecentre, Drivers Challenge; Open Team Endurance for up to 5 people. Enjoy F1 technology as you work with your team of drivers.  Your three hour open event, includes practice and qualifying rounds, followed by the main race before the all important trophy presentations. Mix and race against other teams for a place on the podium in our professional race car simulators. more info

  • The perfect tea lovers gift from Ahmad Tea to you; Your Ahmad Tea wicker hamper contains a Landmarks of London mug and spoon, and an assortment of 20 foil teabags that includes: Green selection, Classic selection, Fruit selection, Cardamom and Fruit and herb selection. Once you have enjoyed all of your tea, you still have a beautiful little hamper left to use. Picnic anyone?! more info

  • 'Drinks’ by Vincent Gasnier. Master Sommelier Vincent Gasnier’s must have, signed book for those who want to know all about “Drinks”. From crisp dry whites to full-bodied reds, fine ales to contemporary cocktails, this book is a celebration of taste and style, and an essential companion for choosing and enjoying all kinds of drink.  Vincent has thoughtfully donated a bottle of wine of his choice to accompany his good read. more info

  • £30 Blowdry courtesy of HotHeads in Chandlers Ford more info

  • £20 COOK voucher: At COOK we make remarkable food for your freezer, prepared by hand at our Kitchen in Kent, using the same ingredients and techniques that you would use at home so all our food looks and tastes homemade. COOK vouchers are perfect for new parents, elderly relatives, as get-well-soon or housewarming gifts… or for anyone who loves good food and would appreciate a few nights off from the kitchen. more info


  • ​Airways Optical - We will reveal the secrets of Spectacle production! You and your friend can enjoy a fascinating private tour of Airways Optical and one of you will receive a pair of your very own prescription glasses.

  • Audi - Would you like a weekend of driving an Audi RS?  Collect the vehicle on a Friday night of your choice and simply return it to Harwoods Audi Chandler’s Ford the following Monday. more info

  • Cheese making morning for 2. Join the multi awarding winning Lyburn cheese producers to make cheese and 2 months later collect your very own 1kg of cheese! more info

  • Chewton Glen - Learn how to cook like our professional chefs. You and a friend could spend the day at the Chewton Glen Hotels’, The Kitchen, Cookery school.  An opportunity not to be missed by the novice or experienced chefs amongst us. more info

  • The lucky winner and their plus one are invited to join Season Cookery school, Lainston House Hotel for a half-day cookery class. Choose from a variety of classes including a souffle Masterclass with Sylvain Gachot or Succulent Steaks with Andy MacKenzie, the choice is yours. Half-day classes run from 9:30am – 1:30pm or 2:00pm – 6pm. Depending on the class you are attending you may have lots of goodies to take home to share with friends and family. Each person will also receive a 25% discount card to be used when booking a full day Season cookery class. more info

  • Lifestyle health Assessment courtesy of Wessex Nuffield Chandler’s Ford. A contemporary assessment with a focus on common health issues and lifestyle change. The focus of this assessment will be a one-to-one coaching session with your Physiologist, who will tailor a personalised programme to help motivate necessary lifestyle and behavioural change. The Lifestyle Health Assessment will highlight any common health concerns, from weight management and stress, to poor sleep patterns and posture. more info

  • Style Consultation with personal stylist Nicola Davis. Multi award winning personal stylist Nicola Davis will show you how to choose clothes that will make you look and feel fabulous. Learn the styles that work well for your lifestyle and complement your body shape – accentuating your best bits and disguising those areas you’re not quite so proud of. Nicola will provide tips on how you can update your existing wardrobe but also ensure that you avoid costly clothes mistakes in the future. After all, wearing the right clothes can do more for your shape than months in the gym. more info

  • The Jetty - Let us treat you to dinner for two. Savour the panoramic views at the Jetty Ocean Village as you sip your pre dinner cocktail. We will match the wines to the courses whilst you relax at The Jetty, Southampton's ultimate waterside spot for dining. more info


Meet The Chefs

Sylvain Gachot

(Lainston House)

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Andy MacKenzie

(Lainston House)

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Alex Aitken

(MC / Chef)

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Mark Tilling

(Master Chocolatier)

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Ian Mark

(2017 Bake Off creme de la creme winner)

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Accord Accountants

Airways Optical


Audi Southampton

Compass Retirement Solutions

Concorde Insurance Brokers LTD

David Mellor Jewellers

The Myers Touch



 Antony Burdett-Clark

Event Power Engineering

Innes Marlow Photography

New Forest Ice Cream

The Print Room - Chandler's Ford

Sushi Daily

Waitrose Chandlers Ford

Ringwood Brewery

Vanilla Catering & Events

Co Op Hursley Road​ & Winchester Road


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