1. HAVE SOME FUN AND CELEBRATE YOUR TEAM
Learning to work together unlocks a brighter future for everyone. No matter where your team members reside - Shanghai, London, NYC, LA, or a rural town in Oregon, bring them together for an experience they’ll never forget. Whether your goal is to celebrate a milestone, strengthen bonds between co-workers or simply bring the team together for a fun experience, our cooking classes unite people through the joy of food - all from the comfort of their own home. Make memories, laugh, boost morale, and connect with your team in a whole new way. Everyone in their own kitchen, making the same meal, which you can enjoy together while still being with your own families.
2. CREATE POWERFUL MEMORY ASSOCIATION WITH YOUR TEAM AND COMPANY
Experimental research by Herz and Schooler in 2002 shows memory involving smell is possibly even more powerful than memories evoked by visual or verbal cues. Moments in the kitchen have the opportunity to create powerful, positive and lasting memories. Food is the foundation of many of our corporate meetings with lunches, dinners and catered events. Take your team’s culinary memories to the next level with a virtual corporate cooking class. Your team will associate the warm smells and sounds in the kitchen with a positive experience shared together by their team. It will be hard for your employees to eat an Empanada or make a traditional Carbonara without smiling about their corporate team building memory.
3. IMPROVE COLLABORATION AND TEAMWORK
Cooking as an adult develops curiosity, appreciation, creativity and teamwork. "Any shared activity that is done with attention, accessibility, responsiveness, and engagement is good for bonding", says Dr. Sue Johnson, clinical psychologist, researcher, and professor. As you each complete your own meals in your own kitchen, you’re simultaneously performing the same tasks. Everyone is on the same page, has the same challenges ahead of them, and is on the same path to completion. This simple activity is a shared experience for everyone to collaborate together, help each other out, laugh about goofs, and work together with the same goal in mind.
4. NETWORK WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS
The Chef & The Dish virtual team building classes are a great way to bring people across various teams together. When you foster cross-functional relationships, you build memories and shared moments which improves cross company collaboration, innovation and communication. Need help from the engineering team? The best way to get their support is to build relationships and have fun together. You can offer friendly competition amongst teams doing their own classes. Compare and contrast the different experiences through photography and lively discussion after the cooking class. Perhaps the engineering team found spicing “to taste” difficult, while the marketing team found precise knife work more difficult. Guaranteed, whichever class they participate in will be the best one of all!
5. BUILD CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS
If your goal is to impress clients or potential clients from around the world our team classes will provide entertainment for even the most discerning customer. We’ve hosted hundreds of advertising agencies, sales teams amongst many others. The Chef & The Dish chefs are highly accomplished and are considered among the top experts in the world for their cuisines. Some chefs have Michelin Stars, while others have been featured in global magazines, but all are skilled and collaborative teachers who will create a dynamic shared experience that will bring joy and excitement to their kitchens. The Chef & The DIsh cooking and baking classes are a positive and interesting way to get to know clients and have a blast in the kitchen, whether you’re a skilled cook or not. It is a laid back, relaxed atmosphere that is great for getting to know your clients or potential clients better, out of the office and in their own homes.
6. OFFER A BETTER WORK / LIFE BALANCE
Work life balance is something we all strive for, actually achieving it can seem increasingly elusive. Let us introduce you to an excellent solution. Providing in-home entertainment doesn’t just extend to your team members, but to their families as well. They’ll bond with colleagues and learn new skills all while creating memories in their own kitchen with their family members. Provide unique company benefits that extend to the whole family as the team cooks, laughs and learns. Laughter and good food are a recipe for success in and out of the board room.
7. ENHANCE YOUR CORPORATE HEALTH & WELLNESS BENEFITS
Cooking is an essential life skill. Bring health and wellness benefits in your company to a whole new level with corporate benefits that actually teach the team their favorite dishes, all from the comfort of their own kitchens. When you learn to cook your favorite dishes at home, you have new knowledge and skills to make restaurant-worthy meals, without the unnecessary fats and sodium found in many eateries. A healthy team is more productive. Nutrition and learning to cook new meals to broaden your culinary horizons is at the very foundation and core of wellness.
8. PROMOTE CULTURAL CURIOSITY AND DIVERSITY
We pride ourselves on offering not just a culinary experience, but a cultural one as well. With The Chef & The Dish, you’ll always cook an authentic recipe with a chef who lives where the recipe originates. We get you to the source of the original recipe that made it so famous it went from a small village to worldwide sensation. If you want to learn how to make Carbonara, you’ll be cooking with our chefs in Italy. Thai Curry? You’re cooking with our chefs in Thailand. You will never cook with a chef who doesn’t live in the country your dish originated in. Our chefs will show you their pomegranate trees, olive groves, views of their beach, jars labeled their unusual alphabet, and panettone hanging from their ceiling as they get ready for the holidays. The Chef & The Dish virtual corporate cooking classes give your team not just a delicious meal, but a cultural exchange as well. Even advanced cooks will learn about the traditions and culture of the chef during interesting conversation during their cooking experience.
9. LEARN TO CONDUCT BETTER GLOBAL MEETINGS
In addition to promoting diversity, The Chef & The Dish classes can be customized to ensure your experience teaches the key items you want to learn. Many clients come to us to learn about eating and dining practices in our chef’s countries. Learning how to connect with the people in their own country can provide important learnings for doing business in that region. For example Spanairds would never eat at 7pm and good luck finding lunch at 1pm in Italy. Understanding the dynamics of doing business in other countries can help further your company expansion and global collaborations. Understanding cultural nuances help to strengthen relationships.
10. MINIMIZE TRAVEL EXPENSES
Getting the team together is essential for enhancement of company culture and team appreciation, but with the increase in working from home, budget cuts, and high travel expenses, it can be increasingly difficult to manage. Cut the travel expenses and bring the team together from wherever they are in the world. Our cooking classes bring the fun to you wherever you are, so there’s no need to pay for airfare, hotels, dinners, catering, parking, or more. Enjoy time with your team and make memories (with a budget your company will love).