Team Building Cooking
An excellent team building activity is cooking. A little “out of the box,” yet fun and engaging, cooking is a superb way to build the camaraderie and trust of your team, as well as develop your team’s capacity to work together.
Concept Underlying Team Building Cooking
The concept underlying team building cooking is to place team members in a situation they would normally not encounter together. This is where cooking is an excellent activity because the team members will not have had much interaction in this way. Thus, team building cooking creates an unusual situation in which the participants are on equal footing and must work together to produce a pleasing product.
Preparation to Team Building Cooking
It is best to assign a food item that has never been cooked by any of the participants so that they are all functioning equally in unfamiliar territory. Perhaps you could have your team make a dish indigenous to India or a dessert from Germany? Once you or your team has chosen what it will cook, the next step is establishing roles.
Either you can assign roles or you may, in the interest of developing team building skills and to observe overall group dynamics, have the team establish participants’ duties. Once that’s settled, it’s time to cook.
Team Building Cooking in Action
Here is where you step back and permit the team to develop its own dynamics (if it hasn’t already) as it creates its culinary product. In addition to a tasty culinary concoction, the hope is that the team will emerge with greater trust and relationship.
Trust, Camaraderie and a Sense of Belonging
Team building cooking provides an entertaining, albeit unusual means by which your team may develop trust, camaraderie and a sense of belonging.