Chefs cook up new mix

KAT DUGGAN
Last updated 05:00 15/03/2014
Hamish Beard
Derek Flynn

Tourist spot: Hamish Beard has opened his Grovetown home, Dartington Barn, for groups to participate in cooking classes, archery and axe throwing.

Relevant offers

Business

Tasty success for Marlborough artisan cheese company Manuka honey factory could be answer to Fonterra closure for Kaikoura workers Look who's talking: Tumaara Jones from Highway 63 truck stop Employers hiring Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme workers hit with improvement notices for employment law breaches Tourism peaks and troughs a challenge for disaster planning Advocates claim clearer guidelines needed for Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme worker deductions Stock should be allowed on rural roads, say farmers Rai Valley farmer on quest for perfect jersey bull Freightways boss talks quake challenges and artificial intelligence New plans for former Countdown Redwoodtown building

A visit to Grovetown for some group entertainment has the potential to arm one with the skills to correctly use a knife in the kitchen, or to just throw one at a wall.

Hamish and Angie Beard, both trained chefs, have opened their home at Dartington Barn for groups of eight to 18 people to participate in gourmet masterclasses, archery and a range of activities they call "archery plus" which includes knife throwing.

The couple have been at the property about four years, and have been slowly building it up to become a tourist attraction.

"We had the space, we've got lots of little small areas around, it's quite a nice environment," he said.

Cooking classes were two to three hours' long, and focused on using Marlborough produce, including mussels, garlic and saffron.

"People love it, they sort of get a bit of wow factor when they do the masterclass, they get the opportunity to ask former chefs questions," Mr Beard said.

"Some people don't know what a reduction is, or how to use a certain knife and we teach them that."

Visitors had the opportunity to pipe chocolate, and make aioli from scratch using eggs from the chickens at the barn, he said.

The "archery plus" section offered those over 18 a chance to do axe and knife throwing, air rifle shooting, as well as archery.

Mr Beard recently joined the Marlborough Convention Bureau, and with conference season approaching hoped the barn would offer visitors something different to do while they were in the area.

Ad Feedback

- The Marlborough Express

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content