A fantastic relaxed night where we all had fun and a great meal at the end of it.
Bec Peterson, Retail Business Development Manager, Z Energy
Dear Graham Aaron and Hilary,
Thanks for an awesome evening last night, and for putting up with such a rowdy bunch! We all had a great time – lots of laughs, excellent team building, and good food (at least I thought so).
Thanks again for making it a great night for us.
Tim Green CEO NZTE.
Dear Karen, Graham, and the team
Thank you so much for a fantastic evening. Thoroughly enjoyed by all and it was a great success.
The team had a blast and most importantly so did our clients.
Karen – thank you for going the extra mile to accommodate and tweaking the format for our event. I think it ran very well.
The prizes over dessert worked perfectly and the port and coffees wrapped up the evening very nicely.
I thought the recipe was a great success as it allowed team to get creative (and competitive) with the presentation.
Thanks again for a wonderful event. I know we’ll be back!
I think there are a few tired people in the office today (including meJ).
Warm regards, large lawyers firm.
We had a blast competing in the Masterchef challenge with the team at Social Cooking. The food was great, music was pumping and the wine kept flowing. By far the best team building event in Wellington.
StarNow Community & Markets Team.
“We recently enjoyed an afternoon of Social Cooking’s version of Masterchef as a team-building exercise with our IT Management group. The team spent a thoroughly enjoyable few hours concocting a variety of dishes and then enjoying critiquing and sampling each other’s culinary creations. Graham made sure that the process ran smoothly and that ‘infringements’ were suitably dealt with along the way!
It was a novel and fun way for the team to work together and all dishes were eaten so none were too bad and some were very good! Putting a team of IT managers in a kitchen situation with a lack of advance knowledge is a great way to get people working together to achieve a common goal. We had a random but comprehensive range of ingredients and kitchen tools that we were given 3 minutes to review and then come up with recipes. Then it was a quick sprint to our favourite New World across the road for a few supplementary ingredients and 51 minutes left to create gourmet chaos. All teams produced the goods and had a good time along the way. As an opportunity to work together, outside the normal office environment, and get to know colleagues a bit better it was a worthwhile exercise for us. Recommended!”
Glen Wilson | IT Solutions Manager | MIS
Foodstuffs Wellington Co-operative Society Ltd
To whom it may concern,
I recently arranged a MasterChef night as surprise 30th birthday for my girlfriend and 20 of her friends at Social Cooking. The night was a unique and fun opportunity to compete with friends to cook a meal (of our own creation), under time constraints, to be judged by the chef and, in our case, the mother of the birthday girl. It was exciting to re-create the MasterChef challenge as seen on TV and the whole group really got into it.
I would recommend this night at Social Cooking to any group that loves food, loves a challenge and wants to do something completely different for a unique night.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for your efforts last week. There was a lot of expectation from this event, taking into consideration the short notice we gave you, I would like to congratulate your efforts for delivering a fun and top team building event.
When I met you at Social Cooking it was clear that you had a stylish cooking environment and were flexible to adapt to our needs. We took the Masterchef Challenge event and added some twists and turns. Our guys were told to go find flora and fauna to garnish their plates and I have them $10 to go rush and buy ingredients from the near by New World to supplement the mystery pantry that Social Cooking supplied. Our event was competitive, fun and high quality. The feedback was really positive and as it was run so smoothly (zero complaints) this added to the over all experience. Our guys had a stunning time, all had lots to eat and I would recommend Social cooking for their adaptability, the model they run which is inclusive, fun, dynamic and they are a safe pair of hands. Your team nailed the event and my rating is 5 out of 5.
Well done Graham and the team .Keep up with the great job and hopefully we see you soon. :-)
BP Oil New Zealand Limited
“Thanks for organising the sushi session on Monday, everyone had a great time and all the feedback I’ve heard to date has been really positive. It was nice to have a session that was interactive and fun.”
(Very large bank that isn’t allowed to give references)
“Thank you for the great team building event. I had an awesome feedback from our staff! We all had a blast! Feedback from our GM: “It was the BEST staff development team building event I have ever attended!” It looks like we have to do it more often By the way, do you have a copy of French Chicken recipe we cooked yesterday?”
Julia Kopnoff, Mc Girr Partners
“Wow what a great night on Friday, the entire team had a blast! I must say it was very well organised and your staff were fantastic. I would certainly look to do something like this again.”
Neville Richardson, Business Manager ANZ
The paella was excellent and everybody had a great time, thank you so much
for the evening it was very cool!
“When we were looking for a Xmas Function venue, a friend of mine suggested Social Cooking. We were unsure about going to a cooking class but with all the interest in TV cooking shows, we decided to give it a go. From the start the detail we received on what was going to happen was clear and professional and we felt the cost per head was very reasonable. The night started with some complimentary wine, which helped settle a few cooking nerves! We needn’t have worried though, as the presentation was really relaxed but also educational in a fun and social way & overall we had a great time! We did a special Turkey Xmas recipe & the owner, Graham Bloxham, also taught a group how to cook gourmet Burgers on the BBQ. We were able to a presentation to our staff and the whole night was professionally managed. The site is right next to the Chafers Marina, so it was really relaxed and had a stunning outlook. I would not hesitate to recommend Social Cooking, as they took care of everything, & all of our staff & suppliers had a great time. They even did all the dishes & the clean up! Good work guys and I wish you all the best of luck for 2012 & the future.”
Hamish French, Shoe Clinic Director
Thank-you very much to you and your team last night for a fantastic event! It was well organised and thought-out, down to the detail of the game score sheet and the cash-bar tally sheet. The team here had a lot of fun and everyone has commented on how much they enjoyed the food and the evening. Thank-you very much for your guidance with the format of the evening, the format of two competing teams was perfect for the objective of the event.
Cushla, NZ Superfund
“Feedback from our teams was very positive and all had a great time. I believe that Social Cooking could take this to a new levels of delivery and measurability if they so desired. We felt it worked well for us and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Graham and his team to other businesses. They are professional to work with, hardworking and reliable.”
Andrew Myers, Unix and DBA Services Manager, Datacom Systems Wellington Ltd
“A night that our team wont forget in a hurry, The team enjoyed the event as it was relaxed and professionally managed, We chose to do a competitive event and it was full of surprises, twists and turns. Even our most quiet employees has a blast.
Well done Social cooking” Paul Skitts, Enterprise engineering.
We all had a great time and I personally think you have a top notch operation. It was great fun and I can’t believe how “social” it actually was.
I will be promoting at every opportunity – your flyer is on the notice board already with “highly recommended” written on it.
I have every intention of coming back but next time I will be a paying customer and will be bring along some friends.
Fiona Atkins | Regional Administration Manager – Auckland CBD
Commercial & Agri – ANZ