MasterChef Challenge at Luscious Affairs, Toorak

10 Oct

Highlight – Fun and interactive team building activity

Lowlight – Too many people in a confined space

Roasted pumpkin and ricotta gnocchi with white wine and parmesan sauce

Roasted pumpkin and ricotta gnocchi with white wine and parmesan sauce

Bocconcini, tomato and basil salad with balsamic vinegar

Bocconcini, tomato and basil salad with balsamic vinegar

Veal scallopini with Paris mash and French beans

Veal scallopini with Paris mash and French beans

Hot chocolate and raspberry budino pudding with vanilla bean ice cream

Hot chocolate and raspberry budino pudding with vanilla bean ice cream

FOOD?

We recently held our corporate team building activity at Luscious Affairs in Toorak. We had a total of 35 people and were divided into teams of seven. Each team had a chef as their instructor for the night assisting us with the cooking of our three course meal and Mystery Box challenge. We further divided our teams so that there were a few people working on each course.

First up was the gnocchi made from roasted pumpkin and ricotta, combined with white wine and parmesan sauce, spinach and garnished with a piece of crispy prosciutto. Our gnocchi pieces were like small pillows and were so soft to eat. I will hopefully attempt to make them again one day. For mains (which I was partly responsible for) we had the pan fried veal scallopini with beans and potato mash. My part involved peeling the potatoes and helping out with the Paris mash. To make the mashed potato Chef Keith told us to use his trusty food mill to ensure a smooth and creamy consistency, together with cream, milk and butter.

For the Mystery Box challenge each team was presented with different ingredients to create a dish. Our team’s mystery box consisted of a handful of vegies so we made a ratatouille style dish. The winner of this challenge created the well presented bocconcini, tomato and basil salad pictured above.

The hot chocolate and raspberry soft-centred budino pudding was always going to be a favourite amongst the group. Ours could have been softer on the inside but it was still yummy to eat (the picture above was of another team’s creation).

Throughout the night the head chef judged each course, our team came out first for the veal scallopini (no thanks to me) but still a win!

SERVICE?

We were lucky to have Chef Keith as our instructor for the night. He was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about all things food. Any question we asked he had an answer for!

AMBIENCE?

One downside would be the venue space, we had to manoeuvre around each other with our pots and pans, careful not to knock anyone in our way. Having said this, it looked like everyone had a lot of fun and were really getting into the team building activity. Overall a great experience and I got to know people who I usually don’t work closely with.

VALUE?

The cost was $160 per person for the three hour activity and this included two glasses of wine each. There were also additional beverages available during the night and paid on consumption. In comparison to the other cooking team building activities that I received quotes for, Luscious Affairs was the most appealing and accommodating, especially as many venues do not cater for such large groups (unless you hire a venue but this would incur an additional venue hire fee).

BOOKINGS?

Bookings can be made through Liz Long via phone and/or email. She will let you know the process of events and what to expect from the activity. Their Toorak venue holds up to 35 people but I recommend only having up to 30 people as it does get a bit squishy in there.

9

out of 10!

Luscious Affairs
Shop 9 Village Way Arcade, 501 Toorak Road VIC Toorak 3142
03 9827 7199

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2 Responses to “MasterChef Challenge at Luscious Affairs, Toorak”

  1. Popcorn and Toast October 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Love your team building event! Thanks again for all your help Sammy x

    • FOOD CHEE October 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

      It was lots of fun! Highly recommended :)

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