The Cooking Challenge! test the teams’ abilities to become “Chefs for A Day”. To hold the title of a chef is no simple task. It goes beyond the ability to cook well. The fun and excitement of the programme is no doubt the biggest draw. But more importantly, using the Theory of Constructionism, the activity leverage on the abstract concepts of cooking a meal and relate the concepts as learning points back to the dynamics of a high performance team in the corporate arena. Coupled with dynamic facilitation, this experience will inspire, motivate and challenge every single member in the team to think and behave differently back in their workplace.
What is Constructionism?
Constructionism means learning by making something. That is making something that you can identify with, be proud of and think, “This is my work.” What you learn in the process of making things that you care about sinks much deeper, its roots go deeper into the subsoil of the brain than what anyone can tell you.
What being a chef is like?
With the increasing demand from customers to create new and tantalizing dishes, this brings vibrancy and vitality to the hospitality industry, making the chef’s job constantly interesting.
In The Cooking Challenge!, we tap on these interesting characteristics of a chef to bring across the importance of adopting the mindsets and skill sets of a high performance individual/ team.
- Chefs value training and they are always learning.
- Chefs require creative cooking skills in selecting, preparing and presenting food.
- Chefs need people skills, management skills, entrepreneurial skills, conflict resoultion skills and financial skills.
- Chefs have to be fast and efficient, and able to multi-task.
- Chefs are highly committed in their work. They need to spend long hours in the kitchen, always making sure the dishes cook are of high quality and good hygiene standards.
- The styles and specialty of each chef is different. They need to find their strength and interest in order to come up with their gourment cooking.