During the pandemic, many people picked up new hobbies to keep their sanity intact while quarantining. Many took up knitting and gardening; cooking was one of the most frequently chosen skills. When restaurants were closed, and takeouts couldn’t be delivered, people began to cook the recipes they missed and even tried new ones. In a way, cooking became therapy, a way to try something new at home and improve a skill. 

According to an article in the New York Times, 54% of survey respondents stated that they started cooking more often during the pandemic. It’s not surprising why baking, gourmet-style cooking, and shopping for organic ingredients have become the newest trends.

How can cooking benefit in team building? Cooking is an activity that can be both entertaining and satisfying, emotionally and physically. It’s productive, healthy, and educational at the same time. Whether you are a pro in the kitchen, whipping up fancy dishes every weekend, or a complete newbie with a habit of ordering takeouts every night, cooking will energize and satisfy you. Cooking can unite people in ways no other activity can, and you don’t need to be a foodie or chef to be a part of this camaraderie!

What are the benefits of virtual cooking classes for team building?

  • Increased productivity: You can get things done faster and better when working with others. Cooking classes teach you about spices, food allergies, herbs, condiments, and diet must-haves. You collect the ingredients, follow the recipes, and execute them.
  • Show the company cares: Virtual cooking classes are a great way to show your employees that you care. It’s a healthy initiative and doesn’t require a steep learning curve. Log in to an online session and enjoy it. You can follow your teammates and learn on the job. It allows you to step outside your comfort zone and try your hand at something new. New experiences make you more adaptive and flexible.
  • Lifestyle balance: When work and personal life pressures overwhelm, cooking relaxes the mind. It helps you juggle your home and office duties better because you learn how to multi-task and work patiently. You can meet new people and start bonding as you work together. It’s much more rewarding than talking to them during office meetings through a screen.
  • Skills Development: As an employee, you should be open to learning new things every day. Getting the chance to hone your culinary skills can’t be bad; you may find out that cooking is an excellent stress-buster for you.
  • Problem Solving: While you interact as a group to cook a dish, you learn how to solve problems by discussing these with others and getting their opinions and advice. Brainstorming ideas, voicing concerns, working on issues together, and discussing the efficacy of solutions in a friction-free setting can be most desirable. It instills a spirit of cooperation and cohesion that lets you arrive at productive solutions.

When you invite your employees to be a part of virtual cooking classes, you can be sure they will cook up much more than simply good food. For uninhibited conversations, friendly banter, pure learning, and connecting with remote workers, let Rockoly organize them for you.

For more ideas Rockoly is always happy to help your team connect through Virtual Team Building Cooking Classes, Wine-Tastings or Virtual Happy Hours.

Nicola Killops

Nicola Killops

Nicola is a former teacher and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She now writes full-time, with her partner, Justin. Nicola loves food, music, travel, and is a proud human and pet mom.