What’s cooking?

Quest’s ‘Recipe for Success’, is a team development intervention based around a cookery challenge. For a high performing team, trust within the group is the crème de la crème. With much of our culture and socialising based around cooking and eating, what better setting for individuals to get to know each other and form bonds. Piece of cake.


Working with graduates from one of Quest’s key clients in the engineering sector, the first part of the day was designed to be a getting-to-know-one-another session. The Graduates had only just joined the business, and for a couple it was in fact only their second day.  The morning was based on two key models that will be referenced regularly during their three year development programme:

  • Belbin
  • Kolbs Experiential Learning Model

The terrific thing about the Recipe for Success intervention is that the workshop learning from the morning, is brought to life, and in some cases stark reality, during the experiential session in the afternoon and evening.


Following the classroom based morning, the three teams were given a £45 cash budget to buy all the ingredients from a selection of stores in Stow. However, to spice things up, Quest provided the key ingredients: Trout, Duck Crown, and Pork Tenderloin. To decide which team had first and second choice, two challenges were set up: a Taste Test; and the Egg White Challenge. The graduates were full of beans and competition was heating up, however, a clear winning team presented itself. Once the shopping was undertaken, aprons and hats were put on and teams got stuck in. Each team member brought home the bacon by taking on a role and contributing to the overall aim of cooking a delicious 3 course meal, from those who knew their onions to those who looked like a fish out of water. Quest’s master chef was on hand to provide a safe environment with constant support and guidance. A successful team building experience was evident throughout the cooking and service of food and the judges had a tough time cherry-picking the winners.


As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding and teams scored highly with the aesthetics of the desserts. Furthermore, scores were based on time management, quality of food, and costings. The ‘Recipe for Success’ provided the opportunity to put into practice what was discussed and reflected upon earlier in the day. The exquisite home-cooked food was enjoyed by all, however, the icing on the cake was the friendships made and the overall memorable team building experience.

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