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Fun with Blue Car at The Cooking Academy!

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

At Blue Car Technologies we believe team-building activities are both productive and fun. Spending quality time together leads to more harmonious working relationships and ultimately greater quality of service.

As always, our most recent outing, on Friday 22nd September, exceeded our expectations on both fun and productivity fronts. Thank you, The Cooking Academy (The Cooking Academy: Master the Art of Cooking | Book now), and Sindlesham Court (Conference, Event, and Banqueting Centre ( for making our experience so enjoyable!

The event started at 2.30pm in the Flavell Suite at Sindlesham Court, a Grade 2 listed venue near Wokingham, Berkshire. Built in the late 1700s, it is full of atmosphere and the perfect place for a fun-filled afternoon.

Kumud from The Cooking Academy introduced the challenge and the rules of engagement. The plan was to work together to cook a delicious Indian meal – exciting!

We were divided into two aptly named teams: Mumbai and Delhi.

Team Mumbai: (the heroes with dietary requirements)

Team Delhi:

3.00 pm – Project planning – Get to our workstations and devise the winning strategy.

3.15 pm – Start cooking - ‘Ready Steady Cook’.

Indian Menu:

• Channa Masala

• Masala Chicken

• Mushrooms with Garlic and Chili Sauce

• Chili chicken Kebabs

• Vegetable Pilaf with Apricots

• Masala Aloo Gobi

• Vegetable Samosas

• Spiced Caramelized Pear with Whipped Ginger

4.15 pm – STOP COOKING. Present your plates to the judges, enjoy your meal (and we did!)

4.30 pm – Event Review and Award Ceremony

Kumud complimented both teams complimented both teams on their efforts and provided some helpful feedback. The key piece of advice was: don’t rush the cooking process and let the natural flavours develop.

She then proceeded to announce the winning team. It was a close call, but in the end Team Delhi had the edge. Congratulations, guys!

Each member of the winning team received a signed copy of ‘A Cupboard Full Of Spices’ by Kumud Gandhi. We know what we’ll be cooking this week!

There was also an extra award for the messiest chef. Congratulations Martin! He really did get stuck in!

5 pm – Departure. Like all good things, our day came to an end. What have we learnt? Make the most of individual team members’ skills and knowledge, and more importantly support each other!

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