When looking at ideas for team building activities in your company, you may already have given thought to a wide variety of events, from simply running an hour-long “pub quiz” to a day out abseiling. Another fun alternative to all these is going out to cook together, and fortunately you do not need to offer one of your own kitchens to do it! Kitchen hire is available to ensure that your mess -- that is, team building -- is kept manageable and well supplied.
So what are you looking for in a hired kitchen? Well there are a number of things you need to consider, so as to ensure a smooth, enjoyable and successful outing with your team. Mostly these are dependent on the size of the group, the costs your willing to take, the time you wish to spare and how intensive you wish the activities to be.
It is very easy, for example, to hire out a kitchen at a community centre, or a local secondary school or college. Cooking courses exist up and down the country, from basic Home Economics 101 to full-fledged gourmet cooking courses, and as such there are plenty of kitchens purposefully designed for taking a large group of people all at once. These will come stocked with numerous cooking areas, surfaces, sinks and a plethora of supplies, such as bowls, spoons, whisks and trays. Some may also provide ingredients, however be aware that this may come at an extra cost. If not, they’ll also have fridges, allowing you to purchase what you need and store them for a day if you need to. These kitchens provide more than enough for a basic cooking exercise, however as they cater to Joe Public they may be a little lacking in certain amenities, and you may have to wait until a kitchen becomes available.
Fortunately you can also hire a kitchen purposefully built for team building exercises. Such kitchen hire has only arose within the last decade or so, however they’re an increasingly popular alternative to the kitchen of the local Baking Committee. Such kitchens come fully stocked with their own ingredients, equipment and utensils, provide uniforms and aprons, and will also come pre-prepared with a series of exercises, challenges and games for your team to try out during their day out.
Such facilities can also come with more specialised equipment that ordinary cooking schools may not be able to provide, such as stone ovens, blast freezers, deep fryers and other luxurious appliances.
For more information regarding kitchen hire for the purposes of team building, please visit the website of Venturi’s Table, a company specialising in kitchen hire for special events and corporate team building exercises. You can also phone them directly by calling 020 8875 7488.