Thanks for a great evening – lots of fun!

“We had an awesome time with you for our team Xmas party. “

Sake Hitman – Country Manager, IHH

Hi team at Social Cooking,

Thanks for hosting us. The team all enjoyed it thoroughly

Judy Liang – Finance Manager, Freshmax. 2018 Christmas Party @ MasterChef Live Venue

“Thanks so much for Thursday morning – the team had a fantastic time and it was so, SO much fun!”

Marie Gaskin – Finance Manager, Skills. 2018 Christmas Party

“Hi Welly team!

My name and Storm and I was part of The SMASH Club who came to social cooking on the 17th of November! (More specifically, team leader of one of the winning teams ‘The Spice Girls’!)
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the entire experience and want to thank you for your quality banter, expertise and amazing hospitality!
I am surely my fellow colleagues would agree that is was a bloody great night. Would 10/10 recommend to any group wanting a challenge!
Thank you again.”
Storm Shakeshaft

Thanks so much for such an amazing evening ! I have heard nothing but awesome feedback from the girls.

Leanne Leslie – Hens Party, Nov 2018

“Just wanted to say a massive big thank you to yourself and Bridgett last night.  The team had such a great time and still talking about it. Such a great night and so well run.”

Jessica Simone | Regional Operations Manager – North Island | Nestlé Purina PetCare, New Zealand
” A huge thank you to you and your team for hosting us on Saturday! We had the best time putting our cooking skills to the test! Everyone’s saying what a fun night it was and how well it helped us all to bond.”
Kathy Cox – Greenstone Family Clinic

“Thanks guys for an excellent afternoon – we had an excellent time, and my face was a tad sore from all the laughing. “

Kerry Martin

“Thanks Graham. Great times – thanks for your efforts !”

James Goldsbury – Director, PwC

“Thanks for today Graham, team had a blast! “

Jordan Davey – Meridian Energy

“Thanks Graham & Alina!

The team said they had a great time. Look forward to booking our next team event with you. Cheers!”

Kat Tran – Vodafone Wellington

“A quick note to say thank you and to give Alina a big pat on the back – the chefs were both fairly demanding on her time and late getting out of there. However, the buzz and hype it generated amongst the chefs and then subsequent interest from their fan bases as the event was posted was amazing. They had a ball and produced a banquet. Gareth our MKR judge Chef was great, and stayed to both help and see what they produced – very happy he did, as he said it was an amazing afternoon to have been involved with.”

Dean Pennell – Chief Innovation, Marketing and Sales Officer, MOANA NZ
“Well done to you and your team for the night and allowing us to use your space to meet before hand. My team had a fantastic night and really came back to the store feeling energized which is what our goal was. Much appreciated!”
Paul Maxwell – Store Manager, Countdown Greenlane
Just letting you know we thank you for the wonderful experience. Great experience and we are so appreciative of our Master Chef; she did an amazing job and great cooking tips.
Anna-Marie – Hens Party

“The Social Cooking event at our school was amazing. The girls all really enjoyed themselves at the four different stations that Graham and his team set up in our school hall. Each station really required them to think, be creative and use skills that they may not have used before. We had a wide range of ages (12-17) but the event worked well for everyone and each girl was able to work at to their own ability. It was great seeing the creations the girls came up with and the Social Cooking staff encouraged them to be creative not only in their creations but in the presentation of them as well. Great value for money and a fantastic time was had by all!

Thanks so much to you all and your team. Was a great day!”
Sophie Reetz – Waikato Diocesan School For Girls

“I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of everyone here at Advanced Aerospace!! We had the best night on Friday for our work Xmas do!! Bridget was awesome!! She made our night so much fun! As well as the lovely bar lady. It was a huge success and everyone loved it! Thanks for such a great night!! Cheers “

Taryn McGill – Accounts & Admin Assistant, Advanced Aerospace
“Wow, Karen, Chef Georgina  Ramsey and team, you guys totally rock. That was the best ever Xmas party for Ray White Mission Bay. The team are buzzing. What wonderful memories and an outstanding experience. What a way to end our year. Really appreciate your entire team for making it such a success.”
Edwina Nathan – Ray White Mission Bay

“We had a thoroughly great time last week and please could you pass on our thanks to Sean and Joe, they were fabulous. The speed of seeing the photos was also great.

Thanks again!”

Kerry Blacker – BSCO

“Alina, A huge thank you for last night – we had a fabulous time. Great venue, great staff, great concept – we really enjoyed it and will be organizing a few more in the new year. The feedback from our staff and guests has been great. The chef and the staff were very friendly and helpful – they could not have done more.”

Caroline Canning – Client Relationship and Development Manager/Senior, VERO Liability

“I initially contacted Social Cooking thinking they would be a great option for a lunch for the partners programme at my annual conference.  I marketed it to my delegates as an “Interactive Food Celebration” warning them we were moving away from the normal sit down, semi-formal format but promising them a night of good food, cocktails, fun and some healthy competition.  Our 260 guests, made up of delegates, partners and sponsors/exhibitors was a big group but Graham  and the team were up for the challenge and boy did they deliver!. The Food Symphony, was a live interactive social cooking format that was really high energy and included interactive cocktails, bbq and gourmet pizza dinner, dessert, competitive fun and was a well-run event. Our guests had a great time cooking and competing together and our members feedback was very positive.  At the end of the night I was pleased to look around the room and see everyone smiling, laughing and having a great time. The event was truly one of the box and I would recommend Social Cooking if you are looking for something a bit different.”

Alana Curthbert – Events Manager, NZIQS

I just wanted to pass on what a great night we had on Friday!  All the team really enjoyed themselves and had loads of fun.  We were a pretty rowdy bunch and the staff were amazing. Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to your staff.

Bonita Leary – Business Support, Bellingham Wallace

“On Friday our team took to the kitchen to compete in our own MasterChef challenge. There were a variety of dishes ranging from Italian to Asian and taking out the win was team ‘Truss Us’, with their dish “Kiwi haggis & mash with mix leaf greens”. Special thanks to SocialCooking and their friendly staff.”


EQSTRUC – posted on EQSTRUC’s facebook page

“We worked with Graham and his team on a large event in July – we went to Graham with a brief outlining what our client was wanting to achieve and he came back with a great concept that we then worked together to fine tune.   Graham was super flexible, helpful and creative during this process and the end outcome was a huge success and was rated one of the event highlights by the delegates.   I would highly recommend Graham and the Social Cooking team to anyone wanting to add a fun element to their conference or event.”

Kylie Brittain, Senior Experience Manager – Orange Exchange

“Hi Graham,

A HUGE Thank You to you and your team for an awesome night of fun and laughs. Georgina was a fantastic host and very funny. The format was great and got people thinking on the fly. Would definitely recommend to others.”

Tracy H Williams, Centre Associate – BNZ

“Hi Alina and Graham,

I just wanted to thank you all so much for the fantastic evening our team had!  I am so proud of them and it is really my role here at Safe Network to see that they are well supported in all they do which includes organising events for them where we can all come together and share a special time, you and your team have made it more than possible for us. There was so much laughing, sharing and creativity – from our CEO down and photos really show it.

Special thanks to our Chef (Ramsey) who made the evening all the more fun. It is going to be hard to top this event…”

Sandie Martin, Executive Assistant – Safe Network

“Thank you so much for a wonderful afternoon yesterday, everyone had a great time with lots of laughter.”

Angela Morris, Project Manager – Kiwi Bank

“Hi Graham,

Please pass on our thanks to the team for a great afternoon of fun on Friday. The photos all look great, too!”

Claire Trehey – Sovereign

“Just wanted to say a thank you for looking after us for the event on the 22nd. It exceeded everyone’s expectations and has been called the best social club event we have ever put on! Please say a big thank you to the staff involved on that night and an even bigger thank you to our chef who absolute 100% made the event epic!”

Liam Carey, Property Manager – Colliers International

“Hi Alina & Graham,

Just want to say thank you for the event. It was amazing. Everyone in the team had fun today. The Chef, she was fantastic! Just want to say a special thank you to her too. I would definitely recommend your programme in the future.”

Cathryn Yang – Office Max
“Hi Graham,
Thanks for a spectacular event last night.  I’m so pleased with how the evening played out and I’ve received only glowing feedback about the whole experience.  Thanks for running the show and ensuring everyone was looked after and had a great time.”
Anna Minot, Business Owner & Insurance Specialist – Future Thinking

“Hi Karen!

Thank you guys so much for an awesome experience last night! It was so great to come and just spend time with our team without the pressures of work, everyone had so much fun and it was a great start to what we hope will be many more great team building experiences (I have already had requests to come back and do a breakfast one with you guys!)

Chef Lindsay was awesome, her energy and personality really helped liven up the team and put them in a great mood for the evening. Alina was also amazing, full credit to her for putting up with us and helping us out!

We could not have put together a better event on our own. The Electrolux kit, your amazing team and the space just made the night perfect, and the guys can’t wait to come back.”

Chelle Thomson, Sales and Operations Assistant – ŠKODA NEW ZEALAND

“Dear Graham and the Team From Social Cooking,

Thank you so much for hosting our group last month and putting on a fantastic night of Social Cooking. With such a large group I had concerns around to how well it would go, but the organisation and energy or you and your team put into it made the night a huge success and one that I am sure our members will be talking about for a long time.  The photos of the night certainly tell the story of plenty of fun and laughs as well. We will be sure to recommend Social Cooking to anyone looking for a fun night out with a large group.  It was a great ice breaker for our conference.

Thanks again.”

Kellie Tremayne, General Manager – Auto Super Shoppes

“Hi Graham and Alina,

Thank you so much for such a good time last Monday – please pass our thanks on to the chefs and staff on! It was such a fun night and everyone loved it. It was a great format and its great that I have now done the two options, so can compare if we do another one. Many thanks, and hope to be in touch for the next one soon!”

Sarah Percy, Event Manager – Promapp

“Hi Alina & Graham, thank you so much for such a successful evening, I believe that all who attended had a fantastic time; we really appreciate all the effort that went into this event. The photos look great too, and the food looked delicious. Thanks for everything.”


“Just a very quick email to say that we are still talking about the fabulous night we had at Social Cooking last week. It was a real success, many thanks indeed for making it so. We will be back next year and suggest that there will be 40 people coming and we will have a wait list.”

Rebecca Stichbury, Customer Care Manager – Exports, Maersk Line

“Congratulations Graham to you and the Social Cooking team! The  VTNZ team really enjoyed the two Food Symphony’s you arranged  for us this August. The fact that you could provide the same style of  event at both our Wellington and Auckland Forums was a huge bonus for me. I was impressed with your MC style and the way you could capture the interest and very active participation for our largish groups (65 people who were mainly men). I appreciated your responsiveness to some of the initial feedback and the enhancement that brought to the second event. It ended up being a very noisy, fun and competitive evening. Medals are still being proudly displayed on desks. Well done and good luck with your fun-generating business venture”

Karen Bleach – Wood, Organizational Development Manager , VTNZ

A huge thanks to Graham and Karen and the team for putting on a fantastic Food Symphony event at Social Cooking Auckland. The aim of the day was to have fun, and boy did we get that! All 70 members of our team were engaged, involved and fiercely competitive – no doubt fueled by the vivacity injected into the event by Graham and his amazing hosting skills. It was by far and away the best team building experience we have ever done, despite that not even being the intention of the day! There is a noticeable increase in team engagement and collaboration as a result of this event, couldn’t recommend Social Cooking more!

Nikki Lockwood – EA to Finance Director, Vodafone New Zealand

“The People team from Air New Zealand used Social Cooking recently for their People Forum gathering of 100 HR team members as held at Shed 10. This was a very dynamic session held the end of a big day for the People team with Graham and his team reinforcing the concepts of Collaboration, communication, engagement and team work their the Master Chef inspired activity. It ended the day on a real high for all participants. As the 12 teams created mock-tails and canapes and competed against each other. We were delighted to have Graham and his team top off the day so well for the team”

Natalie Charnock – Event Executive, Air New Zealand

“A big THANK YOU VERY MUCH from the Shared Transaction Centre at the University of Auckland for a wonderful evening! Please thank the chefs Francis and Ivan and the rest of your team for making our night a memorable one – great vibrant atmosphere with lots of fun and laughs. We have a few ‘newbies’ in the team so was a great team building experience also. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Thanks again.”

-Brenda Aitken , Business Analyst Shared Transaction Centre (STC) – The University of Auckland

“Thank you Karen and your team for organizing this great event. My staff were stunned into silence when they heard what their challenge was but as you experienced the shock did not last for long and they had a great time. Comments have been –
What a great night …So much fun !! You pushed us outside our comfort zone and we did it!! Great team work. Loved it!!! A Good night. Really enjoyed it. Thank you.”

-Sheryl Samuel

“We had the best day ever.  It was an amazing time and we couldn’t stop laughing.  The chief Ramsay and Alina did an amazing job at making our event the best day ever.  Thank you so much. ”

-Karina wood – Centre Manager, Building Blocks Childcare

“Hi Graham, thank you so much for our amazing night, an absolutely brilliant time was had by all. After our team conference, sat in a room for the whole day, it was great to be able to do something completely different, to be creative and just generally run around in a manic, but of course purposeful, way! But the biggest thanks from everyone goes to Louisa, she just made the whole event with her wit and wisdom. Her enthusiasm certainly rubbed off on us something that we definitely needed after such a long day beforehand. To be able to taste 10 completely different plates shows her strength (of stomach) and commitment to the cause. Thank you Louisa and your team on the night. Well done Graham!
Best regards”

Gillian Dixon – Personal Assistant to Brand Marketing and Communications

“Dear Graham, Karen & the team, thank you so much for your bigheartedness in giving CAP such a generous discount so we could come and enjoy an entertaining Revive Day with your incredible team. We had such a blast! Thanks again.”

Christians Against Poverty

Thank you to you and all of your team for a fun and memorable evening, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

Caroline Homer – Assistant Sales Manager , Herbalife Nutrition

Many thanks for our event on Friday night. Francis was fantastic and funny and the other staff were great too. Everyone has told me they really enjoyed it. It was a great way to get all the staff to mix up instead of just sitting around a table in a restaurant. Thanks for all the photos too.

Kathryn Buchanan – Business Support, Hayes Knight

“A big thanks to Graham and the team. Everyone had such a great time. Will definitely be recommending this to others.”

Kim Smale – Account Manager, Paper-Pak

“Our event was a little different as we heard Social Cooking was good but we had 20 clients and 8 of our team. The event was fantastic, well run and our clients felt relaxed instantly. Most of them said it was the best event they had attended in recent times. Thanks to Graham and the team.”

Simone Mackenzie – Account Manager, Excel Digital Ltd

“Hi Karen, Thank you for all your help with Arranging last night’s event. It turned out AMAZING!! The atmosphere was awesome and the Venue was beautiful. I am really happy we went with the Pasta idea it made it that much more competitive! The Awards turned out great and my team won Best looking dish so I was very pleased with that!! Can you please thank the Hosts and chef for doing an excellent job! I will definitely be recommending Social Cooking to everyone I know!!”

Ashleigh Sorensen – Administrative Assistant, Tekron

“Karen, thank you to you and the rest of the team for a fantastic evening. The feedback has been amazing and the MMC Social Club really enjoyed every aspect of the night. We will definitely recommend you to friends/colleagues and business partners and no doubt will be back in the near future.”

Stuart Hartley – Product Underwriter, Marsh & McLennan Agency

“Karen, my thanks to you and your team for a wonderful evening      yesterday.It was a pleasure organising this with you and for your patience and flexibility. Chef Francis was very entertaining and we were certainly very well looked after. Our Clients are still raving about it all! Hope to do something like this again in the future.”

Ruthy Church – Relationship Manager, The Web Company

Thanks so much for a fun evening. Every one had a great time! Thanks to Chefs Francis and “Georgina Ramsay”, they really made the night!

Kelly Hay, Meredith Connell

Thank you again for helping us organise probably one of the best group activities we have done!

Terina Thomson – Executive Assistant to Basil Tapuke, GM Trusts

Huge thanks to Graham and his team for an INCREDIBLE event! All 50 of staff came our buzzing and I have had nothing but positive feedback. It was a really awesome way for our large team to get to know each other and make some amazing memories. Special highlights include making cocktails together as a big group, and working in smaller teams to create the Prettiest Pavlova. Highly recommended as a team building activity!

Victoria Timmins – Sales and Marketing Graduate

Social Cooking gathers people together in an inspiring way around food. Whether it is a cooking lesson or a MasterChef challenge, people turn with a positive attitude and ready to embrace a good time. Combine this with humour and the preparation of delicious food to eat and what could be better. I’m rather jealous of the wonderful environment Graham has created for himself to work in.

Steve Aiken – Raumati South School

Just a note to say a big thanks to your team for yesterday, it was an excellent event and well done to the two ladies involved.

Rob Wilson – Contract Manager – Argest

Thanks for a super fun night. The pressure was most definitely on that was for sure. Interesting creations from the people who don’t normally cook.
I think the format of the night was prefect. Many laughs were had.

Nic Gillooly – Manager – The Pet Centre

Thank you so much for such a fun night – and we got to eat some fab food and drink nice wine as well – such a bonus!!
I had a really enjoyable time talking and meeting with your other guests and so good that everyone mixed and mingled so well.
It would have to rate as the top Xmas gift ever!!
I will be recommending the venue to a lot of my clients and friends, and, in fact I have already spoken to my CEO and he will be making a booking for a similar night for our clients in the new year.
Many thanks again and I look forward to catching up in 2016.

Barbara Danbury – Account Manager – Excel Digital Ltd

“A quick note to say a big thank you to you and your team for the KPMG event last night. I’ve had nothing but great feedback on what seemed like a thoroughly enjoyable evening – and the photos make for a great touch too.”

WOW!! What an amazing night. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!!
Thank you to yourself and Keri Ann for making it so much fun.

Dani Edmundson – Camelot Group

Thank you to you and the team for a great evening. A lot of fun and a few stories being told in the office this morning. Photo’s look great too.

Emma Gibson – Gas Account Manager – POWERCO

We all had a wonderful time on Friday cooking for Chef Lindsay, you exceeded all expectations and I would definitely recommend you to others at Beca.
Thanks for organising such a great event.

Sarah Burgess – Section Administrator – Airports

Thanks you Graeme for your email with photos of our fun evening last night.
There was so much laughter during the evening & everyone is still buzzing about it.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience your awesome staff created for us.
Todd and Alena did so well and made us feel very much at home and up to the cooking challenges.
The evening really did exceed all my expectations.
We love the photos as they create lasting great memories for our IT360 staff & their partners.
Wishing you well and cheering you on.

Ruth Wilson – Director – IT360

Thank you very much for this, we had a wonderful time!
Had 2 people unable to come on the night and they seriously regretted it – have just shared the pictures with the team.
I’m sure you will have a few more bookings as the pictures go around ?
Really appreciated everything Graeme did for this event

Trisha Tevaga – Retail Credit Coach – ANZ

Thank you so so much for organising such an awesome event. Our customers cannot stop talking about it and neither can we.
Apologies that it has taken us this long to do an event but I’m sure this is the start to many more.

Melinder Kaur-Panesar – Key Account Manager – Goodman Fielder NZ Ltd

If you want a high energy, hands on, around the world cooking Symphony Master Chef style event to motivate and engage your staff, then contact Social Cooking.

They brought a Master Chef event to us, held on our site, in our Theatre. The atmosphere was electric, fun and very rewarding. Teams worked together competing to create, have fun, be innovative and learn some new moves in the kitchen.

The competition was clean but robust and very cohesive and dynamic. The chefs from Social Cooking were engaging, entertaining and added huge value.

Our staff are still talking about the event. Thank you Social Cooking for putting on an amazing Master Chef for SKYCITY.

Nicky Dubery – Health and Safety Advisor – SKYCITY Auckland

Our group had a great evening last Friday with Francis (with an i) and Elina. Francis was a great host and we had a lot of fun, and cooking our own meals was fun, with people really liked what they cooked. Some staff thought it was the best staff event we have had. We would certainly look at doing this again.

Our thanks to your team

Susan Sharp – Westpac Private Bank

Social Cooking is a fantastic venue and activity for team building. As an external consultant and coach I have used Social Cooking as a venue of choice in Auckland to host and facilitate fun and engaging team events – be it for building trust and performance or to introduce challenge, competition and common goals for teams. It is the perfect activity to complete a team day and wonderful to feel the energy generated in the room. The stories and learning for the team form quickly and span time. The team at Social Cooking do a fantastic job – thank you!

Amanda Smith – Purpose. People Solutions

Thank you so much for such a fantastic fun evening. This event was so perfect for a mid winter team building event. The feedback I got from staff Monday morning was all positive everyone had an amazing time. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommended social cooking to anyone.

Mya Saffer – Skin Institute

We had a great time.
Would highly recommend it to others as a team building activity.

Stephanie Hunter – Victoria University of Wellington

We decided to change things up for this year’s annual Midwinter party and decided to host a Food Symphony Evening run by Social Cooking.  We were a bit nervous about the change in format, so decided to have the event at The Grand, rather than at the Social Cooking School, as we thought that a pub setting would make people more comfortable!  We needn’t have worried; apart from the fact that The Grand was the perfect venue for the event, everyone had such a fantastic time, we could have held it in a garage and people would have had fun.  I have heard nothing but positive comments from all who attended; everything from how great it was to spend time with different colleagues and how awesome the food was, to how hilarious and interactive the night was and how impressed they were with the Social Cooking staff who ran the event.  I’ve already had requests for a repeat event next year.  Thanks for making our job easy and for making us look good!

Thanks again.

Aimee Froud – Manager HR and Administration – Wellington Airport

I can confirm that the EAP Management team had a truly memorable and fantastic experience.  Since our evening we have reflected on the laughter, challenges, the competitive fun we all shared.

It certainly was a night to remember and huge thanks must go to all those involved and a special thanks to the chef. Outstanding evening and one we will certainly recommend to others.

Irene and John

Thank you so much was such an awesome night, our guys are still talking about it!

Ang Ahern – Virtual plumbing

I just wanted to pass on our thanks to the team from Social cooking. Our team such had a fantastic time on Friday at Social cooking. Louisa and Greta were so vibrant and hilarious! They made for a wonderful experience. I know most of the team will be back, and I definitely will be too. And will definitely be recommending you to others! Many thanks

Holly Carstens – Sales Assistant – Canon Business Solutions

It was a fantastic night everyone has been raving about it all morning. thank you so much…. Oh yum I may need to make that brownie this weekend… Again thank you!

Anita – Express Couriers LTD

I wanted to say a big thank you to your fabulous team at the Cooking School… they were fantastic hosts and also a little competitive which you may have heard was a strong play on our day. I can confirm that both Samsung and Spark Mobility Practice had a brilliant team building day and certainly exceeded our expectations.

I too have heard there is a re-match on the cards….. We would highly recommend your service to all our other spark departments as a brilliant way to run a team building event.  Few wines, lots of laughs and of course wouldn’t be the same without the competition! Thanks again Graham and team and also a BIG thank you to Samsung!!!!

Claire Cross

The Food Symphony event at Social Cooking was the perfect balance of structure and fun for our group of 70. We moved our people around the stations in teams, and each station was hosted by one of our sponsors (along with a Social Cooking Person). This format worked perfectly for our needs. Our sponsors got to mingle with everyone, and there was plenty of interaction. The food was great but not too ‘serious’ so everyone was able to enjoy themselves and relax.

Above all, it’s the team at Social Cooking that ‘make’ the event. They understand the nuances of a group and take all the hassle out of the detail, leaving even the event organiser to enjoy themselves, which is pretty rare!

The MC was fantastic on the night and created flow and continuity, as well as a healthy dose of humour. I particularly appreciated their respect and recognition of our sponsors. I would highly recommend Social Cooking for any corporate or private event – they have the skill and experience to create an event to suit any occasion. Very clever concept.

Wendy – World Travellers December 2014

We certainly did enjoy our evening at Social Cooking.  The MKR format was great for a bunch of competitive lawyers!!! Loved Chef Lindsay – she hosted the evening with charm, humour and cooking knowledge – not an easy task as our group got a bit rowdier as the evening wore on.  The other members of your team were also great – friendly and helpful.  Many thanks Karen for a very enjoyable evening – you have been a pleasure to deal with.

Verna – Buddle Findlay December 2014

Oh my goodness didn’t we all have such FUN – it was an amazing team building activity and one that will be talked about fro weeks to come. Everyone enjoyed themselves so so much so a HUGE Thank You for doing such an  amazing job and special big thanks to Karen and her team who made sure that it was such a success. We will return sometime in the further. Merry Christmas to you all and thanks again.

Sue Stevely-Cole

The team had a fantastic time on Friday night, it was a great success and every single person loved it! We ended up with 23 people (people out with the dreaded flu last minute!!), which turned out fine ……and pretty competitive!! Our chef Gemma was awesome, her humour was perfect for our team – both chefs were lovely & helpful (your poor kitchens looked worse for wear after our visit!)

We’d definitely come again in the future. I will be recommending you to other people!  Thanks a million!

Donna Chapman – Lumley Insurance

Graham and his team provided us with the most wonderful Christmas staff function. The Food Symphony was perfect for our rather large team and their partners and the laughter on the night seemed never ending. The food teachers were exceptional and handled our rowdy bunch with ease and kept them on their toes. Social Cooking was fantastic to deal with, all the organisational details were considered and taken care of and the event ran smoothly without a hitch. A big thank you from the team at Holmes. Many thanks.

Amy McNaught – Holmes Consulting Group

Hi Karen, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the lovely chef and host for the evening.  We had such a great time, and I had comments that it was the best work social event they’ve had! A great night, heaps of fun! Thanks

Debbie Smith – Relationship Adviser – Public Trust

We had to convince Graham that he could cope with a group of 50 people descending on Social Cooking one Friday night, all extremely well behaved, of course. He and his team managed brilliantly to keep us all on our toes. The evening consisted of one excitement after the other: the race to grab ingredients, and even more important, to send a team runner off across the road to New World to buy the one all-important secret herb/spice/condiment, then wait anxiously for their return so we could start chopping and grating; the clock counting down till we all had to ‘plate-up’ the fruits of our labour, and await judgment. A fantastic evening, enjoyable and exciting, and it included a great dinner. Wonderful team-building exercise. Thank you to Graham and his team for a well-run, fun event. Many thanks

Stacey Collins – Business Administrator Tonkin & Taylor Ltd

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

Hi Graham,
Just a quick note to say what a great night we all had. You have set up a fantastic venue and your team are brilliant!!!
We all had a lot of laughs and enjoyed some amazing cooking.
Thanks again.


Hiya Graham,
Just wanted to feedback how great the whole team found the event the other night. Especially as no one really knew what to expect, Lance and Justine were great.There will be another team from NZX booking a night there – they liked the look of our night so much!


Hi Karen,
Thanks so much for making our afternoon so enjoyable, everyone has been very complimentary about the cooking challenge.
I have had a look at the photos on Facebook and will encourage others to do so as well. Appreciate all of your work and effort to make this a success. Lovely working with you also. Thank you.

Anna Prins – Retail Projects Manager – NZ Lotteries commission

Great night!  Haven’t laughed so much in ages.  Everyone had a brilliant time and was keen to chat all about it this morning. I’ve certainly been telling everyone how good our Social Cooking night was.  Had so many elements to it! Thanks so much for hosting such a fun event. Cheers.

Megan – Orbit corporate travel

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

Hi Karen,
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for such an amazing evening – it really was a birthday to remember. All guests were thrilled with the Masterchef style challenge, and are all still talking about it today (2 days on!) The entire evening ran super smoothly, the Social Cooking team had everything sorted for us and really did make everyone feel welcome and at ease. The photos are great also! Really can’t thank you enough! ??Unfortunately I lost the icing tip to my piping bag and therefore we all had imaginary cupcakes for dessert – oops!
We hope to see you again sometime soon.

Larissa Tuara? – Regional Manager Smiggle NZ

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 Master Chef 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 Master Chef 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.

Mark – BF

Hi Graham,
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. ? Thanks.

Sarang Patel ?- 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!

Gemma Karalus? Wilson Hurst

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

Words such as intense, crazy, fast paced and fun were heard from the delegates on the day.
Graham and the team were enthusiastic from the beginning right up till the end. The smoothie challenge was a great concept to get the team working together and extracting their creativeness. Graham and Karen pulled the challenge together with a short lead time and some logistically difficult situations all without a problem.

Maggie – Orange productions

First of all thanks for what was a fantastic event on Tuesday.  The feedback from the team was overwhelmingly positive. Thanks again to you and Lou for running a fantastic event for our team – it was much appreciated by all.

Ian Norman – Financial Controller – Infrastructure – Chorus

We had 8 x 9 year old girls into Social Cooking for a Master Chef styled cook off. Was extremely well run and well thought out event. The girls found it exciting, challenging and most of all great fun. Best birthday party idea we have had. Engaged, entertained kids and no mess to clean up at the end. Everyone happy. Well done Social Cooking. We will be back.

Anna and Richard