The best corporate family days events are dynamic, fun and teach real skills which will be relevant back at work. Balancing the three can be difficult, especially while trying to find an activity which can be enjoyed by everyone. Corporate cooking classes are the perfect solution, and there are many available in the heart of London. Cooking together under the direction of a professional chef is both rewarding and satisfying. After all, there is a tasty meal and a glass of wine at the end of it.
Whether or not you like TV chefs like Gordon Ramsay, you have to give it to them, they are incredibly skilled. Busy kitchens can be stressful places, especially for the professionals, and you often see potential disasters miraculously averted at the last moment. Leadership and teamwork are essential and however disagreeable his manner, Ramsay is a brilliant leader.
Corporate cooking classes are far more fun and relaxing than the cheffing you see on TV, but still require leadership, teamwork and an ability to work under pressure. Your team aren’t Michelin starred chefs and the food won’t be served to the London public, but they will still want to get it right. People have to have a clear role and manage their time effectively to deliver the goods.
Cookery can bring people together in surprising ways, as well. Without exception, everyone enjoysfood and can cook to a certain level. Whereas some corporate activities alienate employees who have no interest in them, cooking can provide common ground between people who previously hadn’t had much to talk about. Cooking breaks down barriers and helps people communicate more effectively. It builds trust and confidence.
Although the cooking in itself is great fun, the real treat for your staff comes at the end of the day when they can eat what they’ve created. Having the opportunity to get everyone together to discuss the experience is incredibly useful, both so they can laugh about their mistakes and reflect on what they have learned.
Cooking events don’t just have to be for team building, either. They can also be a memorable way to entertain clients with a cooking activity, meal and branded goodies given away at the end. These could be anything from aprons to eatables. While a meal on its own can be a great opportunity to network, learning some new skills whilst mingling in the kitchen gives something more lasting to the client – something they won’t have experienced elsewhere.
Product launches and PR events also work in this environment, especially for food and kitchen-based products. Some companies create bespoke corporate events that will allow you to promote your business or product – not necessarily with a cooking activity (although this could be part of it), but using a professional kitchen as a chic, modern venue.