Food, glorious food! Whether your company is looking for ideas for corporate events or days out, or a new way to approach team building exercises, turning to food based activities is a great way to engage everyone at work.
An opportunity to enhance social interaction between your staff members, with plenty of collaborative problem solving skills required, the kitchen can be an enjoyable place where everyone feels able to contribute something useful to the team.
Here are three food workshop ideas that are likely to be very popular with your staff team, as advised by Lloyd Wells – a dab hand in the kitchen and online, working with Best Venues London – a FREE venue-sourcing service designed to highlight the most unique venues in the UK.
Who hasn’t been inspired by The Great British Bake Off? Whether you’re a novice baker or expert patissier, there’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked goodies to put a smile on everyone’s face. If you’re looking to reward your team or raise morale, a corporate Baking Day out may be the perfect solution.
Under expert instruction, your team will enjoy spending a hands-on practical day recreating old classic recipes or testing their creative flair to produce new sweet treats – cakes, sweet pastry, biscuits, cupcakes – then decorate and serve.
Taught by professional pastry chefs, your group’s baking skills will come on in leaps and bounds, with plenty of motivation and praise, not to mention useful tips of the trade, provided throughout the day.
Why not finish off with a baking competition under the watchful eye of professional judges to see who is the champion baker of them all?
Sushi is a Japanese delicacy that looks as good as it tastes, and you can learn how to make these mouthwatering mini dishes within a few hours. Teambuilding workshops are fun and light-hearted – no cooking experience required.
Far from being all about raw fish, sushi is any dish that is made with special sushi rice, often rolled in nori, a type of sea vegetable. With a wide variety of ingredients to choose from, including many fish and vegetarian options, every palate will be catered for!
Let an experienced sushi chef demonstrate the art of rolling sushi and discover some of the wonderful fresh and tasty Japanese ingredients you could incorporate into different types of sushi, such as futomaki and hosomaki, temaki and nigari.
Then put it all to the test in a hands-on session creating your own sushi rolls. How about a little Master Chef style competition to find out whose efforts are the most professional, followed by sampling all the delicious results?
Indulge your executives while bringing out their creative team spirit with a chocolate making workshop. A professional chocolatier will demonstrate the delicate art of handmaking and decorating exquisite chocolate treats, with plenty of opportunity to sample.
Learn about the history of chocolate, its near magical properties and myths, and send your taste buds on a journey of discovery as you tease your palate with a range of ingredients from raw cocoa nibs to 100% pure chocolate.
Then it’s your turn to try your hand at making your own chocolate ganache, piping techniques, chilling and decorating to your heart’s content. This is a perfect opportunity to develop camaraderie and team work techniques in a fun and stress-free environment.
And the best bit? Every member of your group goes home happy with their own box of chocolates to impress friends, family or colleagues.