Team building with a difference!

Ignite your company’s team spirit with loads of fun and laughter!

Why are our interactive group cooking events so popular? Well, it’s all about forgetting your daily grind and experiencing unique bonding with the people you see every day, whilst producing an easy gourmet meal to enjoy together.
Great for introducing new team members, cementing client relationships, networking, as an ice breaker during meetings or conferences and of course, celebrating!

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We Provide

Everything you need to cook up a storm.

  • Aprons to wear whilst cooking
  • Facilitators to ensure success
  • Ingredients and recipes
  • Appliances and utensils
  • Refreshments

You Bring

Your awesome attitude and ...

  • Cameras / phones to capture moments of culinary genius
  • Something warm to wear, just in case as we eat on our veranda
  • Wear flat comfortable shoes – no cooking in heels allowed

We Quote For

We can assist with pricing for the following :

  • Assorted gifts / prizes.
  • High quality aprons. Email us your logo and anything else you want embroidered on the apron.
  • Decor / Photographer.

Let's Add Some Heat!

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Add a dash of competition to your event … in just a small amount for a dash of fun or to really spice things up for competitive groups, we can pit teams against each other in a more serious manner, where winning fairly and squarely is of the utmost importance.

Any of our activities you choose, can to be mildly competitive or a tough team cook off. Add an ice breaker to level the playing field with a dash of instant competition.

Our activities work very well to energise and motivate all levels of staff, but especially for those teams who operate in a competitive environment.

 

Pick a theme for your event

Culinary Combat

CULINARY COMBAT

Our events are ever so popular, even first time participants find our gourmet recipes easy to do, especially when working in teams!

We have loads of menu combinations @ R555.00 p/person (VAT inclusive)

Once you have made your booking, we will send you all our menu choices.

APPETIZER CHALLENGE
Gourmet hors d’oeuvres – it’s all in the presentation!

CURRY COOK OFF
Curries from all over the world with breads and accompaniments too.

INTERNATIONAL CUISINE
Choose a theme from far off lands such as Portugal, Morocco, Italy, Thailand, Mexico…

PIZZA & PASTA MAKING
Make real pizza and fresh pasta from scratch.

SHEBEEN QUEEN
Traditional South African fair with a gourmet spin.

TAPAS & TITBITS
Enjoy a taste of Spain with our mix & match tapas dishes.

CHOCOLATE & CONFECTIONERY MAKING
Make an assortment of chocolates with your own mold and brush.

Weber Braai Challenge

WEBER BRAAI CHALLENGE

Proudly sponsored by Weber – it’s all about preparation and how to WOW on the braai. Definitely not just for the men!

Choose from one of our fun challenges.
Maximum 40 people.

GOURMET BRAAI
R670.00 p/person (VAT inclusive)

Menu 1

  • Mozambican Pau Breadrolls
  • Garlic Crostini with Chick Pea Pate in Cucumber Ribbons
  • Grilled Mushroom, Onion and Pepper Skewers with a Paprika Butter Marinade
  • Braaied Green Bean and Baby Vine Tomato Salad with Creamy Yoghurt and Herb Dressing
  • Mozzarella, Basil, Spinach and Peppadew stuffed Beef Fillet
  • Spicy Chimichurri Chicken
  • White Chocolate Steamed Pudding on the Braai with Caramel Sauce

Menu 2

  • Spicy Marinated Prawns with Garlic Aoli with Cheese and Herbs
  • Vegetable Bake, Cream Cheese and Beer
  • Braaied Sweet Potato and Rocket Salad
  • Charred & Scruffed Rump Steak, Fresh Herbs and Rubs
  • Portuguese Marinated Chicken Flattie with Piri Piri Sauce
  • Pasteis de Nata – Portuguese Custard Tartlet

Menu 3

  • Spicy Marinated Prawns with Garlic Aoli
  • Coriander and Cumin Pita Breads
  • Baked Vegetables with aromatic Herbs and Crème Fraiche 
  • Braaied Baby Potato and Peppadew Salad with Rocket and Feta
  • Beef Fillet medallions wrapped in Bacon, stuffed with Mozzarella and Herbs 
  • Portuguese Marinated Chicken Flattie with Piri Piri Sauce
  • Chocolate Oreo Mousse Cups

MEN BEHAVING BADLY
R670.00 p/person (VAT inclusive)

  • Braai broodjies (bread)
  • Garlicky, Buttery Prawns
  • BBQ Ribs with Gecko’s Sticky Marinade
  • Crispy Klippies and Cola Glazed Chicken with Garlic and Paprika
  • Radical Rump with Chimichuri Basting
  • Fresh Four Bean Salad
  • Salsa and Parmesan Stuffed Butternut
  • Amarula Malva Pudding with Whipped Cream

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
R670.00 p/person (VAT inclusive)

  • Basil Pesto and Mozarella Bread Pots
  • Mini Cumin and Mint Lamb Koftas
  • Stuffed Chicken Drumsticks
  • Stuffed Beef Fillet Pinwheels – Cheese, Peppadews, Mustard, Thyme
  • Grilled Pinapple Spinach and Corn Salad
  • Roasted Beetroot Parcels with Balsamic, Garlic and Thyme
  • Marbled Chocolate Souffle

AMERICAN STYLE BARBEQUE
R670.00 p/person (VAT inclusive)

  • Homemade Onion Seed Burger Rolls
  • BBQ Chicken Wings with Homemade Sticky Sauce
  • Homemade Burgers with Gecko’s Famous Barbeque Sauce
  • Smoked Pork Belly with Homemade Apple and Sage Chutney
  • Gecko’s Famous Coleslaw
  • Caramelized Onion, Oreganum and Feta Potato Bake
  • Steamed Date and Coffee Pudding with Ice Cream

OCEANS ON FIRE
R695.00 p/person (VAT inclusive)
Add 1 x Crayfish tail per person R795.00 p/person (VAT inclusive)
Add 1 x Langoustine per person R780.00 p/person (VAT inclusive)

  • Cheese and Spring Onion Mini Loaves
  • Saffron Mussel Pots with Parmesan and Paprika
  • Creamy Garlic and Butter Prawns
  • Stuffed Fish in Newspaper
  • Spicy Vegetable Bake with Crème Fraiche
  • Rocket, Radish and Grapefruit Salad
  • Chocolate Mousse with Oreo Base
Asian Inspiration

ASIAN INSPIRATION

Asian inspired menus with seafood @ R615.00 p/person (VAT inclusive)

SUSHI MAKING
Maximum 30 people

We show you how to get things rolling and make dazzlingly delicious sushi for you to replicate at home. We show you how with easy step by step instructions with hints and tips the masters seldom share. All you need are a few essential tools and ingredients.

Make light fresh tempura with vegetables and seafood and Thai dessert too!

DIM SUM & WONTONS

Thai and Vietnamese inspired recipes with loads of different fillings; there is something for everyone.

How to make and prepare the dough and pastry for Potstickers, Dumplings and Wontons as well as the different cooking methods: Boiling, Steaming and Deep Frying!

Mini Rice wraps filled with Cashew and Chilli Chicken
Asian Potstickers
Steamed Pork Buns
Crispy Beef Wontons
The best ever Vegetable and Prawns Tempura.

Homemade sweet chilli sauce and much more!

Ice Breakers

ICE BREAKERS

Icebreakers are one of the most effective ways to bring people together through leveling the playing field.

In our kitchen, ice breakers involve PLAY which is a wonderful way to help people get to know each other, especially if they are new to the team. We bring together people from different backgrounds and cultures and integrate people at different levels of the organization, breaking through perceptions of status differences.

No, the boss usually does not win the egg whipping competition!

Add the perfect ice breaker to your event:
• Chopping Competition @ R35 pp
• Mystery Ingredient @ R35 pp
• Cocktail Making @ R85 pp
• Gingerbread House Building @ R90 pp

Customised Events

Customised Events

If we can make it happen we will! 

Mini conference
Monthly meeting
Strategy session
Sales meeting
Networking
…. or anything else you may want to do with us – we have loads of ideas!

In our spacious kitchen with large stainless steel counters, Whirlpool appliances and Weber Braais, we will make your magic happen!

Talk to us about the many different event combinations we can organise and you can include one of the following:

  • Culinary Combat Options;
  • Weber Braai Challenge;
  • Potjie Cooking Challenge;
  • Slow Cooking Braai Challenge;
  • Handmade Chocolates and Confectionery Challenge;
  • Ask about doing a culinary event at a venue of your choice or one of our partner venues.

Talk to us!

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Team Assessments

With the goal to optimal productivity and efficiency in the workplace, our culinary activities may be applied to assessing your teams' interpersonal behaviour and training needs:

  • How individual personalities and attitudes impact on their teams, organisational culture, decision making, productivity, creativity, etc.
  • Inventory the company's management talent and potential in order to assess readiness for promotion.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses to identify high-potential individuals for development opportunities.
  • Guage candidates abilities to work independently, fit into a group, manage conflict and whether someone’s behavioural problems can be solved.

 

Interpersonal Group Assessment Venue

Take your team out of their comfort zone and run your interpersonal assessment program in our kitchen!

Activities are challenging and fun so candidates forget they are being monitored, and tend not to manipulate their behaviour and ultimately the outcome of the assessment.

Together with your human resources department, training consultant or psychologist, we will design specific culinary based activities for effective assessments suitable for all staff levels, including senior management.

 

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Benefits of Individual & Team Assessments

Invest in your organisation’s most critical assets – your people –
and yield positive returns in the long run.

One of the biggest challenges for management (and colleugues) is dealing with many unique individuals within the workplace and to align different value systems, beliefs and behaviour into one common goal.

Employees behaviour and interaction with one another plays a determining role in the fate of a company, from the risks it takes to the revenues it makes. The two main areas that many struggle with are conflict and challenge. For the modern corporation to be effective, behaviour needs to be an explicit area of focus.

Consideration may, for instance, be given to:
– How personalities and attitudes impact teams
– Rising to challenges and managing change
– Attitude towards organisational culture
– Reactions to decision making
– Gaining and giving trust
– Work ethic and integrity
– Breakdown in communication
– Managing workplace conflicts
– Readiness for promotion
– Stimulating creativity
– Practical leadership
– Negotiation skills
– Customer service
– Training needs

Take your team out of their comfort zone to run your interpersonal assessment programs in our kitchen, where candidates forget they are being monitored, and tend not to manipulate their behaviour, which is key to authentic outcomes.

Who should attend?
All staff categories / levels of staff grouped together or team leaders / sales staff / managers with their teams or individuals.
Duration:
Usually one day is sufficient.
Number of Delegates:
We comfortably accommodate up to 30 people divided into teams. Each team should have an assessor at the work table.
Pricing:
Needs will differ from company to company. Our pricing takes into consideration set up for the event, our facilitating chef, venue hire with bottomless tea and coffee, kitchen/cleaning/wash up staff, and a pantry of the highest quality ingredients.

What's next?

Contact us to personally discuss the needs of your particular group or team in order to provide you with a comprehensive quotation.

Get A Culinary Team Building Quote

Complete the form below to contact us about doing a group cooking event for your staff team building in our kitchen, at one of our partner venues, or at venue of your choice.