Executive Chef Craig Mason demonstrated how to
make soft-shell crab legs at a tasting last summer.
Clients are often asking for team-building ideas. They want to incorporate team building into their meeting on an afternoon, but aren’t sure what that activity will or should be. The conference planning team starts by asking curious questions such as what they hope to achieve from the team building activity. From there, the conference planning manager can help determine the most fitting activity based on their desired outcome.
A cooking competition is another idea for team-building. Planners can coordinate with the venue to utilize portable stove tops or hot plates to host a team-building cooking competition. A safety lesson sounds like the first step to a successful event, but here are some ideas on how a cooking competition can relate to company team-building meetings:
- Focusing on corporate wellness, teach attendees aboutthe science of Food for Thought and how it affects their work performance. Using the lesson plan, group attendees to create several smart food for thought meals and snacks for health and awareness as well as brain-friendly options to increase work productivity.
- Create teams and give each team random, rare ingredients to use. Challenge attendees to a fast-paced Top Chef competition to motivate each team to work together and prepare an edible meal with unusual ingredients.
- Speak to the venue contact on the Executive Chef’s availability on the day of your meeting. See if he or she will offer a cooking lesson on a rather difficult dish. Pair attendees in groups of 2 to work together and at the end of the class, ask each pair to vote on the best replica of the dish. Last year, Executive Chef Craig Mason of The National Conference Center had many requested guest appearances for meetings at NCC – he spoke at over 15 events on food for thought, farm to table and more. Email your conference planning manager if you’d like Executive Chef Mason to speak to your group!
The best team-building activities give the attendees actionable intelligence and goals. As a planners, the most important thing you can do following a team-building event is to reflect on what was learned and how it can be applied into the day-to-day workings of the office. To find out about other deliciously fun corporate team building events, ask your personal conference planning manager. Why do you think cooking competitions become the new popular team-building activity? How do you incorporate team-building into your meetings?