Giving back through cooking – Achieving your corporate social responsibility pledge


At the end of 2019, The Cooking Academy team welcomed Chugai Pharma to our Langley venue in Slough for a corporate social responsibility cookery event. This embraced the festive season by giving back to the local community and donating all the food cooked by Chugai Pharma to charity.

Special Guest Welcomed on Christmas Cookery Team Building Events

Chugai Pharma is an international company that provides innovative medical products and services for the benefit of the UK and the ROI medical community and the patients in their care. Samirah Sadik, Medical Assistant at Chugai, bravely took on the task of delivering a Christmas event for her team of 30 which offered something different from going out for the traditional Christmas lunch and that would be an enjoyable event for all.

Christmas Cookery Events

By choosing a cookery Christmas party Samirah was able to deliver so much more than just a fun day out. Involving teams in such a participative activity delivers on so many levels, being interactive, an aid to teambuilding and also achieves the corporate social responsibility values of the organisation as everything cooked on the day was generously donated to charity.

The day began with a presentation from Kumud Gandhi, our CEO, and founder, on ‘The Alchemy of Food’. This presentation gave delegates an introduction to the spice trail – where our spices come from, their nutritional benefits, and how to use them. This gave delegates a deeper understanding of what they were about to cook and got them engaged and thinking about cooking!

Delegates were then split into teams and challenged to cook a three-course meal and compete to be named “best team”. This friendly rivalry amongst teams challenges them to use their skills for planning, organisation and leadership and to attain personal satisfaction by creating a delicious meal for those in need.

By the End of the Corporate Social Responsibility Cookery Event

At the end of the cooking challenge, our chefs tasted samples of each team’s dishes and nominated an overall winner plus a mention for the messiest chef and best overall cook. All of the food was donated to a women’s refuge based near The Cooking Academy’s home site in Rickmansworth and the feedback from the refuge Illustrates what a difference it makes to incorporate this element of CSR into an event.

“At the refuge we look after homeless women and children by offering them food, accommodation, English lessons, counselling and other services. We wanted to thank Chugai Pharma so much for the food you graciously donated to our charity. It was absolutely delicious, and we really enjoyed the whole meal”. Scott Albrecht, Managing Director


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