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Few things bring people together quite like eating and drinking. Make it part of a teambuilding session for a bonding bonanza.
There’s never been a better time to be a foodie. For at least a decade, our unstoppable appetite for good, exciting, even fashionable nosh has seen London become littered with cool places to eat. And it’s not just degustation: cooking has found itself near the top of Brits’ pastimes too. Mr Oliver and friends are on our TVs and coffee tables, helping us make everything a bit tastier. The good times have worked their way into events – particularly teambuilding.
Options to combine a collaborative or competitive activity for your delegates with something scrumptious are vast and varied. Sushi rolling, cupcake baking or advanced knife skills are all on offer in central London. Groups can get stuck into a challenge and then sit down together to enjoy the spoils.
The classic choice is to watch a pro do his or her thing and then for your gaggle to work together, get messy and create masterpieces of their own. This option is a good way for groups to let their hair down and should get a little team spirit flowing.
Alternatively, you can create a more energetic competition scenario where teams are split into groups and judged on their efforts. We particularly like treasure hunt packages where gangs have to run around town and find their ingredients before they cook.
London is a good place to start if you’re time conscious and only want to get out of the office for a few hours. Some courses can even fit around a lunch hour. Outside of town, a number of country house hotels offer courses in state-of-the-art kitchens. This option makes sense if you’re planning a combined business and leisure away day. With either, remember to schedule your cooking so that it ends neatly at lunch or dinner time. Five o’ clock is an awkward hour to eat.
Once you’ve found the right place, make sure that there are enough stations for all of your delegates to have a go. Also, don’t forget to do a whip round your group and find out if anyone has allergies: the venue should be well versed in catering to any dietary requirements.
A good cookery event does take its time and can be pricey, so if you’re after something a little skinnier on the watch and wallet, consider a blind-tasting wine challenge or even a cocktail masterclass. They’re fun, interactive and collaborative. And we all know getting tipsy never did events any harm.