Cooking and Bonding at ALMOND ZUCCHINI

Where there is food, there are people; where there are people, there is connection. Working together with our family in the kitchen has taught us how to build solidarity and trust, and strengthen bonds through a lot of fun. Almond Zucchini is bringing this concept to the larger arena.

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Where there is food, there are people; where there are people, there is connection. Working together with our family in the kitchen has taught us how to build solidarity and trust, and strengthen bonds through a lot of fun. Almond Zucchini is bringing this concept to the larger arena.

RECENTLY, I was invited to join a press event held by Almond Zucchini at its facilities in South Jakarta for what they described as a team building activity.

Established by food enthusiasts and senior corporate professionals with deep human resources experience, Almond Zucchini is offering an innovative new concept.

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Almond Zucchini is offering a great environment for strengthening relationships, promoting teamwork, getting to know another, and learning about new ideas while having a wonderful time learning about the A to Z of cooking, getting your hand dirty in the kitchen and ultimately enjoying a feast with your teammates.

I joined the team building at Almond Zucchini Cooking Studio in Prapanca, South Jakarta, on May. Not all in attendance were food journalists; as a matter of fact, not all were journalists. Some were creative workers and entrepreneurs as well. Needless to say, not all were familiar with workings of the kitchen.

There were around 20 participants, not all knew each other. We then joined a game where we introduced ourselves in a big circle.

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Afterwards, we were divided into two teams. Each team were given 90 minutes to prepare an appetizer, a main course and a dessert enough to share between the team members. After an hour into the challenge, we were given another task of making a salad dish.

Each team picked a leader and divided the tasks. I got to help a team member make a dessert. In the large kitchen studio, with appliances, work stations and stoves, and a big clock on one of the wall, it truly felt like I was in a Master Chef episode.

Cooking, presentation and taste were examined by Chef Ragil Imam Wibowo. Throughout the rush and confusion of making pasta and baking cake, we took part in the building of a team: noticing who had the knack of leader ship, who was doing better at certain task, who was needing help and more.

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“Cooking, in general, is similar to running a company. We need to be careful in planning ahead and cooperating with colleague in distributing and executing the task under a certain pressure for a common goal,” Rianto Hidajat, Almond Zucchini owner, said.

Cooking together, he continued, helped build companionship and open people to each other. Cooking welcome all to join and work together in creating something. True to the concept, the Almond Zucchini is designed as an open and liberating space.

Almond Zucchini, according to Rianto, offer a creative getaway place where people can play, learn and be inspired: corporate team building events, private dining parties, cooking classes, special product launches, pop up restaurants and many more.

By working together in teams, people learn to work together, build solidarity and trust, and strengthen bonds in a fun and no-stress environment. It was a highly satisfying and unusual training experience that took me out of the rigid routine.

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It’s cost and time effective too.

Almond Zucchini offered team building activity at Rp 750,000 to Rp 1 million per person for an activity that really boost bonding and teamwork that last several hours including briefing and games, cooking and dining together.

Compared to more time spent and energy output needed for the garden-variety team building activity such as rafting and camping, cooking really come as winner.

“We cook the meal together, we eat the meal together. Whatever we made, we accept and enjoy. That’s another push to cook your very best,” Rianto added with a smile.

ALMOND ZUCCHINI
Jalan Prapanca no. 6, Jakarta
T: +62 21 7399303, +62 813 30179342
IG: @almondzucchini
Twitter: @almondzucchini
Facebook: AlmondZucchini
www.almondzucchini.com


Written by Andre Arditya June 18, 2016.

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