Unique Cookery-Based Graduate Recruitment Assessment Profiling:

Identifying Ideal Candidate Traits

Selecting candidates is difficult, and any decision has long-term consequences. Assess potential employees through a unique channel of team interaction helping you to identify the perfect fit for your organisation.


Such as interviews and aptitude tests can only go so far in confirming the right candidate for your organisation. This can be:

  • Time-consuming,
  • Expensive,
  • Often fail to discover the true personality and skills of the candidate.

Why choose cooking as your recruitment and selection event of choice?

Our unique cooking-based assessments provide a fun and unexpected hands-on environment in which to observe candidates:

  • Real traits in action.
  • Team work ability under tight deadlines.
  • Leadership.
  • Organisation.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Perfectionism.

Unlike traditional group assessments, cooking is a genuinely enjoyable activity that allows candidates to revert to their instincts.

Even unsuccessful candidates leave feeling inspired by your company.

With our innovative approach, assessors have a better chance of selecting the right person for the role.

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Customise Your Event
Ready to discover the power of cooking events for your recruitment and selection process?

We can tailor your event to meet your objectives and surpass your expectations. We have a variety of experienced Chefs who will be on hand to support and guide delegates to enable them to create a selection of delicious dishes.

Don’t settle for traditional recruitment methods – let us help you unlock your team’s potential!


Our events are highly flexible and can be tailored to better demonstrate the key characteristics you are assessing.

Testing creativity, tenacity, timekeeping, teamwork, leadership etc. We can work with you to observe the team, create specific situational tests, and help assess specific personality types, behaviours, or dynamics within set frameworks.

Our events can last from 2 hours to a full day, depending on your needs. Our typical event includes:

  • Welcome and introductory presentation.
  • Team challenge and menu assessment – get into teams.
  • Team planning session to prepare for the task ahead.
  • ‘Ready Set Cook’ – 75 minutes of cooking to complete the challenge.
  • Stop cooking and judging dishes.
  • Teams sit down to eat together and give group feedback.

All aspects of our events are entirely managed by our team of chefs and event managers; we provide all necessary equipment, ingredients and even a mobile kitchen if required, so you can focus on the assessing.

Alternatively, we can also provide HR facilitators and consultants to provide a full in-house service.  Please ask for further information about this service.

London, Rickmansworth, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire

Group Sizes
Group sizes range from 6 to 50 people.

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Assess potential employees through a unique channel of team interaction helping you to identify the perfect fit for your organisation.

What people say.

"I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to The Cooking Academy and everyone involved for my Vietnamese Course I attended today. I absolutely loved the course it was so informative; the food was outstanding and so tasty and authentic, and Sarah was a brilliant teacher. The group were lovely, and I had such a fun day thank you so very much. I hope to return and do the Indian course later in the year"
Vietnamese class-Karen Peacock
"All of your recipes are very minimal ingredients yet so much flavour."
The Garlic Story Book – Rita G
"I just wanted to drop a note to say having received the book for my birthday in November I’ve cooked something different from the book every week and used it to do most if not all of my Christmas cooking.  The Lamb and the potatoes went down a storm!  I’ve received lots of compliments for my food and just wanted to Thank you "
The Garlic Story Book – Smita M
"This book doesn't just share recipes; it shares the heart and soul of cooking. I'm already planning a garlic-themed dinner party!"
The Garlic Story Book – Nick S
"The Garlic Story unlocks a whole new world of culinary possibilities. A must-read for every food enthusiast!"
The Garlic Story Book – Zach D
"I’m loving your latest book, I’ve made quite a few recipes, and they are so easy to follow, and just like ‘A cupboard Full of spices’ delivers so much flavour.  I’ve never made a confit before so that’s another new thing I’ve learned.  I’m loving it ….  Thank you for helping me to cook so much more from scratch … you’ve changed our families eating habits forever! "
The Garlic Story Book – Priya G
"Oh, to hear that one should ditch the garlic press! A revelation. I had no idea, and I shall do so, and pass the word around!"
The Garlic Story Book – Janet L
I had a really great time taking part and the food was just divine! The uber “healthy” recipes I’ve tried in the past have been somewhat uninspiring, but Kumud’s packed in so much flavour. And she did such a great job at explaining why the ingredients are important and what they do for us. 10 out of 10 afternoon, thank you!  (Kate -Karl Storz)
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