Has your office
ever been on a ropes course expedition or played paintball? How
about softball or rock climbing? It was probably fun and a good
bonding experience, but not everyone likes getting physical with
coworkers. Imagine doing something just as teambuilding, only
more delicious...a hands-on (or demonstration) cooking class for
working in the pantry
Culinary Team Building Program provides a tasty alternative
to an afternoon retreat, and it supplies an incredible look at
your group's dynamics, communication, and strategies. Plus, it's
completely mobile. We come to you - we can turn any meeting room
into a equipped, professional kitchen.
anyone's background - your team will learn how to work together
to prepare delicious food - we provide training on basic kitchen
skills and professional techniques. Afterwards, we'll share a
constructive discussion about how the group came together (or
didn't) as a unit. Plus, the group will receive a customized cookbook
with the recipes you prepared, professionally styled photographs
of the dishes, as well as fun action shots of the group at work!
It's an incredible - and useful - memento of the workshop.
impressed at how the intra-team dynamics in the kitchen reveal
the strengths and challenges of your team. The workshop is a great
opportunity - in a safe and professional environment - for them
to analyze those dynamics and transfer their learning to the workplace
are the key ingredients of a successful team?
Team Building addresses these key points:
Talents of each member: What are people good at,
what do they know how to do? What do they want to do?
Individual responsibilities & roles: How do
the pieces make the whole? How does each person's work fit into
the long-term goal?
Team's sense of direction: What needs to be accomplished?
How will the team be divided and work allocated?
Operating procedures: How will problems be solved?
What are the obstacles to completing the task, if any? How will
the team access knowledge that it doesn't have?
Interpersonal relationships: How do people interact
with each other? Are there breakdowns in this area that affect
the entire team and productivity?
How It Works:
The experience is fun and challenging, in fact, it feels kind
of like an exciting reality TV show challenge:
group gets seasonal, fresh ingredients, quality cookware and equipment,
and a trained Culinary Instructor to use as a resource. She establishes
basic kitchen safety principles about cutlery, cookware and food
safety. Then, the team gets the challenge: Prepare a meal. They
have 15 minutes to strategize, and 60 minutes to execute the meal. Get
Culinary Instructor observes the teamwork.
teams plan - either successfully or not. They determine which
(and how many) dishes they want to prepare, keeping in mind that
this is the meal for the team! No one wants to go away hungry.
the team has determined their dishes and prep teams, they may
call in the Instructor to consult on recipes or techniques. As
the group cooks, the Culinary Instructor assists them by sharing
the 45 minute time point, the groups will be reminded of the time,
and asked to finish up.
the hour has passed, the food will be served, either course by
course, or all at once depending on the dishes prepared. Food
is served either buffet or family-style.
fascinating debrief session is conducted during the meal, while
the team relaxes. The team builds bonds by breaking bread together.
The facilitator is comforting, non-threatening and professional
as she reveals how the team worked well together - and where the
were the challenges?
- Which methods and techniques (culinary or managerial) were
- How were choices made?
- How do you like each other's food?
- Did the team seem to have a common sense of purpose and goal,
or were people confused about what they were doing and where
they were going?
- Who participated and how?
- Anyone left out in any way?
- How was leadership delegated or obtained? Did the leadership
overpower the teamwork?
- How were tasks and roles assigned?
- Were people happy with their roles? If not, how was that displayed?
- In the end, did they accomplish what they set out to do?
- Did people have fun and seem to work easily together?
- Were there any obvious personality conflicts?
- Anybody choose to work alone?
- What do others think about that?
Return on Investment
COO gets some fun experience plating up salads
for his team's meal.
Companies are looking for innovative and creative team building
experiences to improve their organization's most important asset,
their people. There is a growing demand for team skills that increase
and improve the productivity and overall results of individuals
and teams within corporations.
Team Building identifies and analyzes performance on a variety
Team Building three hour session provides:
A more productive staff
Insight into team members' strengths & weaknesses
Management teams with tools to reduce corporate liability
and improve team morale
Culinary guidance, cooking and fun!
At the end
of the session, the Culinary Instructor asks for feedback on the
experience. The session closes with giving the team positive comments
regarding their culinary and organizational talents. As a follow-up,
a cookbook, reflecting the dishes created by each team, along
with photos of the dishes created for the team to take back to
the office, documenting their adventure is sent.
you interested in giving this amazing experience to your professional
team? Contact Rebecca
Ets-Hokin today for information about Culinary Team Building
and get ready to get cooking!