Team building 

Many employees come to dread the annual team building time.  Being made to scale a wall, 'trust' someone or be blind folded can be traumatising.   Making people feel uncomfortable is unlikely to yield the sort of results you are looking for.  

Our fun food-related team building events incorporate an opportunity for people to learn more about themselves and the people they work with. 


These events teach some tools to communicate for better results and an opportunity to practice without having to climb a rope ladder or crawl through mud. 


And at the end, you can all sit down to eat the food that you have worked together to prepare.    ​


Who will lead the session?


Keryn Mells has tertiary qualifications in journalism, teaching and professional coaching.  She has been leading teams in professional development as a small business owner for 30 years and has recently started Kapiti Kitchen Space – for social and team cooking. 


Prior to this she held a nationwide government contract for 18 years providing professional development for teams of teachers, parents and specialists in the education sector. 

Team building session agenda

  1. What is your communication style?

    • What are the styles of other people in our organisation?

  2. What are the strengths, trouble spots, preferences and best approaches for different styles?

    • How can we use this information to better communicate inside and outside our organisation (brainstorm).

  3. Introducing the team food event.

    • How do we use our communication strategies during the cook?

  4. Completing the food event.

  5. Digestion (of the food), reflection and social interaction

Suggested time frame – 2.5 - 3 hours. 

Team building Events


Pasta for the people

"Life is a combination of magic and pasta." - Federico Fellini


Make your own pasta dough and sauce.

Work together in teams

Each half of the participants will:

  • Make your dough, roll it out, cut it into shapes and cook it.

  • Make a simple sauce for the pasta


Burger King ... or Queen

"Eat clean, stay fit and eat a burger to stay sane." Gigi Hadid


Design, name, 'brand' and cook a burger from the ingredients available. People's choice vote (using a criteria) determines the winner.


Mystery box challenge

“I watch cooking change the cook, just as it transforms the food.” – Laura Esquivel


Create a one-dish meal using only a hotplate, large frypan/wok and the ingredients available in your mystery box.


Amazing Race

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.”

– Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


Work as a team to design a dish with only 5 main ingredients (within a budget) that can be cooked using only a a hotplate, large frypan/wok in a limited timeframe.   Shop, cook, eat.

Food and people

“A well-made dish .... should make perfect sense for those ingredients to share a bowl.” - Yotam Ottolenghi

Just as a good team has a balance of styles, a good food bowl or salad has a balance of ingredients.  Teams will use the ingredients available to build a one-dish bowl or salad that represents who they are, give it a name and explain why they have done what they have done.

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Janine Moran

"Any endeavour Keryn undertakes is executed to exceedingly high standards with superb attention to detail - this experience is bound to be a ripper!"