RECONNECTING YOUR WORKFORCE THROUGH THE POWER OF FOOD
Did you know that an estimated 70% of the workforce will be working remotely 5 days a week by 2025? With over 23.9 million Brits working from home, it’s more difficult than ever to keep staff feeling engaged and connected.
The corporate landscape is changing at a rapid pace in the aftermath of the pandemic, with employees spending less time in the office, enjoying team lunches and social events. Not only is this making teams feel disconnected, but it’s increasingly difficult for companies to create and maintain a positive workplace culture.
Food is our universal language, one that connects people together – whoever and wherever you are. And if you’re a company, it’s one of your best employee engagement strategies. Not only is food fundamental for health, but cooking and preparing food also boosts productivity, creativity and focus, while uniting people from all different cultures.
Our virtual experiences and corporate recipe boxes are the chance to say thanks to your clients, colleagues or team, giving them the opportunity to cook their way around the world and learn exclusive culinary skills from our expert chefs.
With cuisines ranging from Japanese to Indian and recipes from all over the world, adding some flavour to the 9-5 has never been more enticing. Think hearty chicken cacciatora from central Italy, rustic Northern Indian Dhaba Chicken, and sticky sweet yakitori chicken washed down with a delicious glass of Japanese saké.
For confident cooks looking to expand their repertoire or beginners wanting to learn a new skill, everything’s completely tailored for, from dietary requirements and ingredients to step-by-step instructions and guidance from an expert chef.
Our Cookaway Cookalong experiences have been enjoyed by companies all over the world. The GB Paralympic Boccia Team wanted to mark the occasion of what would have been the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, and one year to go until Tokyo 2021.
The team prepared and cooked their authentic Japanese feast over zoom – sweet ginger pork and beef meatballs with a moreish miso soup, and in true MasterChef style, each creation was judged by the Paralympics Chef de Mission.
In their own words, they “absolutely loved trying something they wouldn’t normally eat on a Tuesday night”, and loved that the “ingredients were very high quality, the packaging was recyclable and minimal, and the food tasted great.”
Deloitte wanted to support and reconnect a geographically distant and uprooted team after a rollercoaster of a journey during the pandemic. They asked us to host a virtual cook-along, and we provided each of their team with the freshest ingredients to make a show stopping, authentic Pakistani curry.
In a world where work and life are constantly accompanied by a daily dose of stress, cultural food experiences not only help reconnect us with our basic human needs, but they’re incredibly rewarding. Good food is invaluable, creating a feeling of unity, purpose and belonging. It’s one of the simplest ways you can create a happier, healthier workforce.