On Monday team members of Cienté, Berkhamsted’s award winning salon, waited in nervous anticipation not knowing what was in store for them.
Then, three chauffer driven luxury people carriers arrived from Ash Travels of Berkhamsted. The team were separated into small groups and whisked away behind blackened windows to a secret location.
Shortly, the people carriers were pulling onto the gravel of a beautiful Queen Anne House in rolling parkland, the elegant Hunton Park Hotel in Leavesden.
But what was happening, and why the mystery?
All was revealed when Denise Highfield, Karen Bretts and Lucy Clark of How2boilwater.com stepped forward to introduce themselves.
The Cienté teams were then set an Apprentice style challenge.
The task was to make pasta but not a simple simmer and serve supper. This was the business of making pasta and, just like in the TV show that coincidentally had scooped a BAFTA just the night before, the teams had to market their products.
Each group had to identify their target audience, make the pasta, choose the filling, design the packaging and promotional material and then present their product and their marketing to the three judges.
The evening was a team building event devised by Cienté Salon Director, Trisha Buller. The objective was to take the team members out of their comfort zone of expertly cutting and colouring hair to see how they would perform in different roles in an unfamiliar environment.
As the winning team cracked open the bubbly, the evening was declared a total success. Trisha said,
It was an amazing event, the Cienté team really enjoyed being put to the test and it was great to see them shine. I’d like to thank Ash Travel for providing the transport, Shoot Me Studios for recording the event and a particularly big thank you to How2boilwater.com for made the evening possible.
How2boilwater.com is a Berkhamsted cookery school that believes anyone can cook. They teach individuals and small groups and host corporate events