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Cookery courses to the fore in team-building events

We’ve mentioned it a fair bit this year, but the traditional team-building events, whilst still very much available, are now more health and safety conscious than ever. I can’t imagine that the scree-running, abseiling and pot-holing we did in Bryntysilio would feature very highly on the HSE-friendly to-do list, these days.

A much safer way of bonding the workforce is to get them into the kitchen, where even the majority of appliances, these days, are practical and safe. Well, I wouldn’t call some of the ingredients my wife cobbles together safe, but you know what I mean? Mm, I wonder if Lloyds TSB are thinking of running any team-building cookery courses?

And that leads me nicely into today’s topic…
…I was talking to James Coakes whilst portending another hat I wear and he mentioned that he’d organised a troupe off on a jolly as a works’ team building event to a restaurant. Standard fare, I thought. But then he happened to mention that it was also a cooking class in…wait for it…

Now, you all know that I’m a healthy eating lad, but my one Achilles Heel – and I think it’s to replace the beer since hip surgery last year – is chocolate. And we used to end up orienteering through fields of cows in a musty-smelling Welsh forest? I’m sorry, Wales, but you know that ‘fine Welsh mud’ that happy couple (obviously on Prozak) were washing off their bike wheels in your promo ad – you can keep it!

Anyway, I digress. This is how far this type of networking, company-socialising pastime has come. No longer is it down entirely to the individual cookery schools to try to snare the attention of people looking for cookery courses online, there are team-building companies incorporating them into their menu.

James’ company’s called the teambuilding company (funnily enough) and as well as the chocolate team-building cookery course he offers, there’s a Chinese affair, entitled Team Wok – and that’s the name of the company, not a slogan James or his associates have dreamed up – as well as Sumptuous Sushi, Cocktail-making (boy, did I used to think I was Tom Cruise in my bar-tender days…definitely more of a Bryan Brown character, these days?) and a Cuisine-Team event.  All but one of the Rocket Restaurants venues, host for the  lessons in how to make chocolate, is in London so if you can’t make the Nottingham restaurant, it’s a trip down to The Smoke, so your staff will at least feel like they’ve had a night out and a chance to glug some of the petty cash in London, as only the best staff does.

So, if you’re a company boss and not sure about how a weekend trekking in the Welsh Hills is going to go down with your staff, why not try cookery courses next time your planning to get your employees to bond?

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L’atelier des Chefs: the all-in-one corporate cooking course

It is so difficult finding suitable team building activities that will incorporate the capabilities of all of your troops whilst keeping them constantly motivated and delivering that sense of teamwork that is the essence of such an exercise.

One of the more popular ways of achieving this goal, that doesn’t involve your workforce having to traipse half way across the country already demotivated and in the doghouse with their other half because of the two nights you’ve planned for them doing outdoor pursuits, is the corporate cookery course.

L’atelier des Chefs, a London cookery school that has just opened up its second venue in St Paul’s, has become somewhat expert at organising just this type of hands-on, goal-oriented event. From the concept through to the end result, having worked as a team to get where they are, they know all about what it means to work together and have a bit of fun in the process. No standing up to your knees in a freezing cold river in the middle of Wales, here.

Both the Oxford Circus venue and the new St Paul’s cookery school offer flexibility in a location where space usually comes at a premium, the centre of London, and with contemporary kitchens and Michelin-trained chefs L’atelier des Chefs, whilst holding true to the ‘art of delicious, accessible food‘, have an uncommon view of what team-building is all about.

There are other cookery schools that offer corporate cookery courses, for sure, but the dedicated operations team that organise the events for the London venues not only offer spaces for 12-180 victims employees to work together, but they can also make the elements of the cookery courses bespoke to the specific team-building goals you’re aiming to achieve.

Whether you have would-be Tom Cruises looking to create the perfect company cocktail, are looking to send the guys and gals out to learn to cook for a seasonal event or even set departments head to head against each other in cook-off challenges, L’atelier des Chefs can tailor a menu to suit your needs.

Not only that, their West End venue can host your corporate networking event before taking the results of your labour into a private dining space to hone in on those potential relationships or even host a PR Event for the launch of a new product or if you have some hot off the press news you want to ‘big up’ as an announcement to your team or customer base.

If it all sounds too good to be true, check them out for yourselves. Access their site through our home page on where you can sign up to follow them on facebook, receive their newsletter or contact them directly if you’ve already got the event in mind. Bon Apetit, tous les mondes. x

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Forget out-door team-building – go cooking!

Okay, we’ve all been there – you’re sitting at your desk, Friday afternoon envisioning that first froth-topped Stella Artois – and it lands: the e-mail from on high, just in time to ruin your weekend.

Not, perhaps, the weekend you’re planning directly after that first Belgian brew, but coming soon to a team-leader near you: the team-building weekend.

These e-mails have an inevitability – there is always something in the air, someone’s had a sniff of what the bosses have got cooking and you just know what’s coming’s going to leave a nasty aftertaste.

And for what? The chance to get muddy with people you can hardly bear working with, let alone give up your free time for and the added bonus of earache at home because that particular person your better half can’t stand’s going to have to go, too?

The next time you catch wind of this type of activity wafting through the ivory towers, pre-empt them. Cooking classes are now available for just this type of corporate event, such as the one run at The Cook School by Martin Wishart in Leith, near Edinburgh.

These bespoke cookery classes come in a variety of guises for small to medium-sized parties, whether you just want to get together to execute a small dinner party or go for a larger group with a real hands-on team building extravaganza.

And the best of it is, you get to eat your efforts – much better than coming home after three nights in a Welsh valley with nothing but blisters and a black mark against your name because you spoke out of turn around the pool table playing ‘Killer’ for shots – oh, yes – been there!

You really can tailor your one-off cookery course to suit your business needs.

All of The Cook School’s facilities are for hire; if you want to impress friends, relatives and work associates in a more controlled atmosphere, you can hire the designer private room with a demonstration of a variety of set Michelin-rated courses before serving, yourself.

But the guys and girls have put some real effort into offering team-building sessions for would-be cooks’ classes of 15-25 or demonstrations catering for 20 people. But if you want to keep it small, there’s a hands-on cookery class with personal tuition for eight people also available.

À la carte or horse before the cart – I’ll leave that up to you; click through to home for the link to The Cook School to start preparing your corporate team-building day out in Edinburgh.