Have you always wanted to be on Master Chef or Chopped? Last week, I got a taste of cooking show stardom at Team Building with Taste with my DFW Bloggers group. Located in North Dallas at Frankford and Preston, this team building facility was full of fun, excitement and food! But first… mimosas!
HOW OUR DAY STARTED
Before you go, wear closed toed shoes. You’ll be working in the commercial kitchen with very sharp knives so make sure you protect your feet. But let’s get back to the mimosas. Our day began with cocktails and a light breakfast. And though, Team Building with Taste is geared towards corporations, this culinary team building concept works well with parties too. As bloggers, we work mainly independently or ‘meet’ in the cyber world. This gave us an opportunity to spend a good two hours with people we knew previously only as Instagram names or avatars. It was wonderful to socialize over cocktails.
Every cooking show needs a big personality to lead and Chef Joey Allette was no exception. He yelled at us to hurry up, made bad funny jokes and all through a microphone with a bull horn! Definitely a fun character to have for any party! We were split into four teams and were given a recipe to complete, within an hour. For our morning, we did the Global Appetizers package. Then like any cooking show, the results were to be judged on appearance and taste. And yes, the whole thing is filmed and you get a highlights reel at the end!
THE HEAT OF THE KITCHEN
Lucky for us, each team was assigned a professional chef to help us along. Our team were charged with making Choripan Slider in Brioche bun which inspired our team name, Hot Buns. There’s an entire pantry of fresh produce and seasoning in case you wanted to step up your game a little which I did with a secret ingredient. We opted to add sundried tomatoes which fortuitously turned out to be the extra-ingredient that we were told to use in the middle of cooking. Chef Joey loved adding a little twist here and there like bellowing out “No speaking to anyone for two minutes” in the middle of cooking. So much pressure!
After a very short hour, the dishes were plated and we all had to stand up to do a marketing presentation of our work. Then the dishes went to the back with the chefs who tasted it and then came back to give us feedback. Our sliders didn’t win but Chef Joey did complement us on the seasoning of the sliders. My secret ingredient? Maggi Seasoning, it’s like a soy sauce that my parents used to add a few drops to enhance the flavor of their meals. It’s not a common seasoning but as soon as I saw it, I added in a couple of splashes!
After such flurry in the kitchen, we all sat down and ate up our hard work. The reward wasn’t just the meal but the camaraderie of the last two hours. We were virtually strangers when we started but ended the meal as friends. I could see how this would be beneficial for corporations where employees may never meet because their in different departments. Coming together to work on the same goal and sharing a meal was just a great way to do it.
IttyBittyFoodies Tip: They have kids programs for 13 years old and up.
For more information on their programs and menus, go to Team Building with Taste.
Till our Next Happy Meal!