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8 Food Related Team Building Activities

By Judith Amondi 6/12/2019 6 minutes

More and more companies are looking for new and creative ways to increase team performance.

Having fun team building activities is one way of ensuring employees relate well with one another as well as remain productive.

In today’s world, culinary team building activities are becoming increasingly popular. This is due to the fun interactions that occur between team members, the gaining of new skills and making lifetime memories.

Through these teamwork activities, your team learns how to communicate effectively, solve problems and use their creativity.

So if you want to use food to increase team performance, check out these 8 amazing fun team building activities…

The Baking Challenge

Now, this is one cooking team building class that will get everyone involved. Not only is it fun and messy but your team will get to work together to deliver results.

From baking cookies, cake, chicken, etc., this challenge is designed to test skills like communication and time management.

Each team member is allocated a specific task. They can either work in pairs or in teams of two. There are those charged with preparing the dry ingredients, dough, baking and presenting the final dish.

The best part about all this is that each team is given their own personal master chef. This chef will teach them new skills, tips and tricks in preparing delicious baked dishes.

Pizza MakingItalian Pizza Making

Pizza making has become a favorite in creating fun team building activities. This is because it involves creating everything from scratch. Together with an Italian master chef, the teams learn how to make tasty pizzas from start to end.

To make the activity more fun, teams are divided into two to create competition. They watch from the chef how to knead the dough and replicate what they have learned.

The second step is rolling the dough until it acquires the desired consistency.

In the final step, the teams top their pizzas with mozzarella cheese, tomato puree and any ingredients of their choice.

The best part; taste test! Every team savors the pizza they’ve prepared and that of their competition.

Pizza making encourages productivity but is also one of those teamwork activities that increases creativity.

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Delicious Appetizers

Appetizers are what keep you interested. They help you look forward to what’s coming next without making you feel stuffed. They increase your appetite.

This is why making appetizers makes for fun team building activities. Teams can be divided into two or pairs and each group given a specific appetizer to make.

This kind of small groups enable the participants to get to know each other more deeply. They develop listening skills, communication skills, empathy and even discover skills they didn’t know they had.

The teams will make appetizers like the tomato crostini and pomegranate avocado salsa.

Since they will have iconic chefs teaching them, they learn how to make simple 5-star appetizers.

8 food Related team building activities Best Dessert Wins

After savoring a great meal, everyone wants a tasty dessert to close the meal in style.

Dessert making is where teams are supposed to really shine. This is where their creativity, skills, and presentation is mainly remembered.

Team building cooking classes offer lessons on how to make popular desserts and how to artistically present them.

Once presented, each team member will have a taste of the different desserts. The chef will then sample the desserts and choose the winning team.

The winners are determined from how creative, tasty and well presented the dessert is. They will receive some rewards such as chef’s hat, cooking utensils or aprons.

This teambuilding activity promotes healthy competition in participants.

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Sushi Making

Sushi is so much more than raw fish and rice wrapped in seaweed. It’s about culture, texture, and technique.

The sushi master chef begins with helping you understand what sushi is, its preparation and varieties. The chef will first make the sushi and the teams have to repeat what they have seen as much as possible. The teams will be given a variety of ingredients to choose from including fish, vegetables, and spices.

This fun activity will help you and your team members to capitalize on each other’s strengths. 

The ingredients you use, technique and how you present the different sushi determines the winning team. The chef will also ask you to taste your opponents’ sushi and fairly critic it.

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The Secret Ingredient

This is one team building challenge that will have your team solving problems! The teams are divided into two and are asked to prepare a specific dish.

At some point during the cooking, the chef introduces a secret ingredient. The teams are required to creatively use this ingredient in their food.

The ingredient should blend in well with the food as well as add flavor. This will help you and your team members come up with creative ideas on how to use the ingredient. It will require you to put your heads together and solve a common problem while being creative.

The chefs will taste and judge the food based on which team best used the ingredient.

ChocolateChocolatier Extraordinaire

Does chocolate make you as happy as it makes me? I hope it does because this team building cooking activity will have you licking your fingers!

It’s time you stopped just eating chocolate and started making it. With a master chocolatier to help you, you will learn how to make your own mouthwatering chocolates.

You will choose from ingredients from places all over the world as you learn how to combine different flavors.

Each team will be judged on texture, flavor, creativity, and presentation. (Try not to eat all of them at once).

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Cake Decoration

With a freshly baked cake, teams get to compete in sculpting and decorating the cake. This is a teamwork activity that calls for a lot of communication and creativity. You will be required to work together and agree on which sculpting to make, why and what decoration to use. You also get to choose the kind of decorations to use. They range from edible spray paint, popsicle sticks, gems, icing, etc. Cake decoration is another one of those fun team building activities that helps break the ice in a team. It is also a great way of forming interpersonal relationships between team members. Additionally, this challenge encourages patience with one another and lending a helping hand. Cake and cupcake decoration is not a skill everyone learns quickly. So you discover how to tolerate and encourage the other person as they learn.

The Team That Cooks Together, Performs Together!

When employees cook together, team spirit is boosted and work productivity is increased. Bonds are formed and targets are met. The practical lessons learned during a team building cooking class are transferred to the company.

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Judith Amondi

Judith has over ten 10 years of experience working as a writer. She has written numerous articles, profiles, and reports for academic, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. Her byline has appeared in the Harvard Business Review with several of her articles being published by the Harvard Business School

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