The kitchen is a great place to improve core teamworking skills such as planning, organising, time management, communication, negotiation, task allocation, coordination, support, leadership, working with strengths and weaknesses, and synergy. These skills are all used in the process of preparing a meal together. Achieving goals together in such an environment can help bring teams closer together.
I can set exercises and challenges which will promote these qualities, and teams can be encouraged to react to change, deal with issues and problems, and learn to be flexible together through carefully planned interruptions to the cookery schedule.
Creative exercises can also be planned, to encourage teams to think and brainstorm together.
Exercises can be designed so that teams work together, or are pitted against each other competitively.
Above all, the exercises are designed to be fun, and to give everyone involved a sense of achievement, not to mention a delicious (we hope) meal at the end of the session.
You can also include in your schedule: - food and drink quiz - wine tasting - blindfold food tasting
I will discuss your requirements with you to tailor the menu and activities to your event. Dietary requirements will be taken into account, and each menu custom designed to your taste and budget. Ingredients and equipment will be provided.
The exercise can be carried out at your own location, subject to suitable facilities, or I have 2 venues I can offer (see below, subject to availability).
What Does It Cost?
From £35 per person, which includes your ingredients and meal, but not venue hire, or customising your session. A full quote will always be given prior to the event, once I understand your requirements. A deposit will be required, with the balance payable on the day. Hire of the venue is separate, and must be settled with the owner (but I will help arrange it).
Why Choose Me?
I have 3 areas of expertise which uniquely position me to facilitate teambuilding skills through the use of cookery:
1) 22 years with HSBC as an IT Project Manager, most recently (2008) in the Project Management Centre of Excellence specialising in setting standards for and training other PMs in risk management and project office (PMO) skills. Latterly my job entailed designing and running workshops on project skills and risk management for HSBC PMs at all IT sites around the UK. I have many years experience of building and running teams of both permanent and contract staff in the corporate environment.
2) Training and 10 years practice in life coaching techniques. First utilised at HSBC during my time there as a Career Manager, I have remained a member of Sheffield Coaching Exchange since 2002 and utilise these techniques on a daily basis when giving cookery lessons to customers
3) Professional qualifications both as a chef and in wines & spirits (details). I also have all relevant hygiene, first aid, basic disclosure (criminal conviction) and professional liability certificates.
Oh yes and...
4) As far as I know, nobody else does what I do!
Ring Frank on 07801 099601 to discuss further
From the archives: News International Cookery Evening
Corporate teambuilding evening in 2011 for News International at Tempsford Mill, near Bedford
The team planned, organised and divided the work between themselves according to preference and experience, and co-ordinated to produce the meal according to schedule The emphasis was on working together, and having fun
A bunch of novice cooks produced stunning starter dips, breads, main course and dessert for 10 under my guidance
FULLERS HILL COTTAGES
Fullers Hill Cottages near St Neots is a great venue in the countryside, on a farm, adjoining Little Gransden Airfield, which hosts regular vintage and acrobatic flying displays. They can put together a full package to your requirements - talk to Jenny.
Beechwood House, In Fulbourne just outside Cambridge, is a lovely Victorian house, beautifully fitted out, with its own swimming pool and a large kitchen / dining room perfect for your cookery teambuilding activity. Available for day hire during the week - talk to James.