5 Things To Know About Fusion Cuisine
5 Things To Know About Fusion Cuisine

It’s well-known that English could be the universal language, but anyone saying that hasn’t tried fusion cuisine before. There’s possibly nothing else that’d uniquely bring two places together as food could. Friends and families share meals every day, bonding over delicious food and drinks. Every person has their own unique food flavour preference. Some would add more spices, others like fresh ingredients, many mixes various flavours in one sitting.The coming together of traditional foods from different parts of the world is called fusion cuisine. There’s so much more for all to learn about this fascinating cooking, so here are a few more things you must know:

1. Fusion Is Designer And Not

Although fusion cuisine is usually seen in high-end restaurants with chefs skilfully weaving flavours together, it’s believed that fusion started in a more everyday setting, as seen  here at Many generations of cultures have unknowingly created fusion food using ingredients from many different sources.Chefs specialising in fusion cuisine have achieved great success from this cooking style, and most of them sell their creations at astronomical prices. The good news is that these dishes can easily be recreated at home with just a bit of skill and practice.

2. It Promotes Cultural Diversity

For as long as humans can remember, wars have been fought around cultural differences. If ingredients from different cultures can come together and create such lovely dishes, humans can take some lessons from fusion cuisine.Eating a cuisine that’s not part of the regular diet could spark interesting conversations about cultural diversity. It may make people more curious about where the food came from, how it’s traditionally prepared, and how the natives would make it part of their customs.

3. Provides An Exploration Of Tastes

Some people are more adventurous than others, and fusion cuisine gives them the perfect opportunity to try something new. Be daring and find a new go-to favourite for a snack, learn to cook with spices previously never used, or have a virtual tour around the world by inhaling thearomas. People who eat the same kind of food day in and day out may want more, a new and fun experience. With so many options stemming from the fusion style of cooking, the chance of having a bland meal is slim to none.

Even picky eaters may find fusion cuisine fascinating, and they can combine what they like. Eating in this way could challenge them to explore textures, tastes, and types of food they’d never otherwise think of eating.

4. Recipes And Ingredients Have Traditions

Food can be associated with many traditions and plays a big part in celebrations worldwide.What would the holidays be without those yummy snacks everyone’s looking forward to all yearlong? Roast turkey is seen at Thanksgiving for Americans, halva or laddu for the Hindu celebration of Diwali, and dumplings and spring rolls for Chinese New Year. Over the years, many other cultures have shared some of these traditional favourites, including them in their festivities.Fusion cuisine brings all these traditions together, and people from all walks of life can participate in the celebrations of flavours presented on one plate. Cross-cultural relationship shave embraced the fusion lifestyle, and they’d confess that it has certainly made their lives more colourful.

5. Try Different Of The Same


Many restaurants, taverns, fast food places, and homes have combinations of various meals and ingredients. All dishes would vary in taste even though the same ingredients were used. Again, it comes down to personal preferences regarding the cooking method and food spicing that makes all the difference.There are millions of blends possible, so it’s likely that one dish may not impress as much as a similar one. With fusion cuisine, the idea is to merge two or more cultural palates into one, and these need to be explored.

Blending It Into OneFor a flavourful fantasy of taste explosions, try fusion cuisine and see what all the hype is about.Learn new facts about traditions, cultures, and how to combine the best flavours worldwide. Be transported to the best destinations by putting a forkful of unique blends into your mouth and feeling part of a greater community.Fusion cuisine is indeed one of the best happy accidents ever stumbled upon, and sharing this with family and friends could make for a few content stomachs as well. Become part of the more significant global majority that’s raving about this new fun cooking style. Consider the ideas mentioned here as you plan and prepare.

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Business Events and Team Building At Otaokitchen
Business Events and Team Building At Otaokitchen
Cooking is naturally the perfect way to entertain your guests while having a great time exploring unforgettable regional foods. Otao kitchen has experience in hosting numerous types of events such as Christmas party, team building, corporate hospitality and client events. 
Regular business events and team buildings are essential to maintain good relationships within your group and perhaps  to facilitate the integration of new hires. There are many activities designed to strengthen the bond between your members. So what types of team building are there? And which one should you choose for your team?

Skill-based team building with our master classes

If you feel like you team should work on improving a particular skill, then this is the type of activity you need - you can try our Master Classes. These amazing experience can transport your team from Japan to Spain and around the globe with 16 menus to choose from. The classes are 2-3 hour length activity that are specifically designed to teach cooking skills and around the world food cultures. In this class, you will explore leadership, conflict management and negotiation.
Teams will learn step by step of each recipe with a chef. It is great for your group spending time together to cook while connect with others in small conversations and stories. The group will then finish the prep, clean up and get ready to cook the first course. The chef will serve local wine and beers then they will demo and supervise the cooking of the first course. Your team will eat what the dish they cook. Then, they start to cook the remaining dishes and enjoy their creations. This is our most popular format as people like the hands on aspect of cooking and willing to take things slower.
  • Master classes 2-3 hours with expert chef to facility group cooking activity
  • With 16 menus to choose and we cater to most dietary requests
  • Suit every cooking level and in door experience
  • Can include friendly competitive pressure on the teams
  • Price from $179pp for group 10-32 people with all foods and drinks 
  • Group bigger than 40 guests will be divided into smaller parties 
  • Contact us for a date and time

Networking with our social cooking party

Sometimes, all you need to improve working relationships is to spend some time with your colleagues in a relaxed environment. This type of team building activity doesn’t focus on developing a particular skill, but simply provides an occasion for your team members to engage in casual conversation and get to know each other better. Team bonding is easy to organise and a relatively inexpensive way to reinforce the bonds within your team, so don’t hesitate to use it to get the best out of your team members.
This is why taking your team to a cooking class can be an excellent idea. If your group members want to party a little and do catch up, then they can enjoy our Social Cooking Party are designed with streamline cooking less or no prep. Your guests can go in to make and cook, just having great food and fun. This way we can cater to many dietary requirement and levels of cooking. We can cater from 20-150 people.
  • The ultimate organic way of building the relationship and connecting to people from 10-150 people
  • Cooking experience with your own chef or chefs with fundamentals of fresh ingredients and flavours
  • Prepare a range of quick, healthy and authentic Asian recipes with cooking tips, tricks, and techniques
  • Refreshment drinks throughout the class with many dishes to try with complimentary 2 glasses of wine and beer - extra can be accommodated -no BYO.  
  • We will get you exclusive use of our venue, indoor and outdoor function spaces available depending on your budget.

Activity-based team building

Competitive Cooking Challenges are perfect for corporate team building, hens' and buck parties, family fun cooking days, our competitive cooking events are designed to inspire creativity and a little friendly competition. Our challenges are based on the popular TV series is a timed culinary challenge to see who can stand the heat of the kitchen.
Your group will be divided into teams, and each team will work under the guidance of a professional chef to create a meal that will be judged. An Otaokitchen judge will sample the finished products and determine the winning team based on taste, presentation and creative use of the ingredients. We have these formats for your team: Food Truck Cooking, Amazing Race, MasterChef and Team Olympics.
  • A fully interactive cooking session, everyone cooks together. 
  • Friendly competitive pressure on the teams
  • Explore fundamentals of cooking ingredients, spices and flavour profile
  • Listen to cooking tips and tricks and recreate the dishes at home with online recipes
  • Flexible with timing from 2 + hours for 6-60 people

Value-based team building

Value-based team building consists in all team members participating together in a charitable activity. This type of activity provides an opportunity for everyone to show their teammates the best sides of their character. Working together to give back to the community is a particularly memorable experiences to share with your team members. And not only will it strengthen the bonds within your team, but it will also increase employee engagement. Indeed, employees are more likely to care about a company that includes human values in its policy and acts on them. Value-based activities include, for instance, helping r, or running a food drive and donating the profits to a charity of your choice.


  • A fully interactive cooking session, everyone cooks together. 
  • Each group will make enough food to feed 15-20 meals or people
  • Can include friendly competitive pressure on the teams
  • Explore fundamentals of cooking ingredients, spices and flavour profile
  • Create a delicious meal to your palette then enjoy a homemade meal with complimentary beer and wine
  • Chef led so there are no cooking disasters


Contact us for your next team building or corporate event.

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Want to stay in Richmond & Abbotsford?
Want to stay in Richmond & Abbotsford?

If you are looking for place to stay in North Richmond and Abbotsford. Read here.


192 Wellington Parade,Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia Phone: +61 3 9419 2000


Pullman Melbourne On The Park blends fresh, upscale style with five-star amenities and service to create a chic yet comfortable oasis in the heart of Melbourne CBD. Keep visiting this page for latest specials and offers.

Pullman Melbourne on the Park’s streamlined, contemporary rooms provide a haven from the bustle of the city after a day of exploration, events or networking. Every room offers views of the city, the MCG and the treetops of nearby Fitzroy Gardens from an elegant space in a soothing neutral palette. The view can even be enjoyed from your bath or walk-in rain shower – or you can change the bathroom’s Switchable Privacy glass walls from clear to prettily opaque with a touch. Relax on a chaise lounge or from a separate living area, or take advantage of room service and your room’s dining table for two. The top-most floors include access to the Level 18 Club Lounge and your room’s own Nespresso machine.


649 Bridge Road, Richmond, Victoria 3121

Tel. 03 9246 1200 


A picturesque setting overlooking the Yarra River sets the tone for this stylish boutique hotel. Built around a spacious central courtyard Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne takes full advantage of its charming park and river environs. The Hotel is ideally located within the popular Bridge Road shopping precinct and only 4 kms from the Melbourne CBD. The hotel has 111 spacious accommodation rooms and 7 conference rooms. The restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and dinner. The bar offers a light snack menu and selection of drinks. This newly renovated 4.5 star hotel is only 6 minutes from Otao kitchen. Ask the hotel for 5% discount for Otao kitchen customers, members and followers.




611 Victoria St, Abbotsford Victoria 3067

Tel. 03 9426 1800


Quest Abbotsford serviced apartment style hotel rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Melbourne accommodation experience perfect for short or long stays. Quest Abbotsford is located within walking distance of the Little Saigon Restaurant Precinct, minutes from Abbotsford Convent Arts Precinct, Collingwood Children's Farm and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 

Abbotsford has a mix of industrial architecture and green spaces, and is popular with both families and creative types. Converted factories, hip cafes and cool bars line Johnston Street, while Abbotsford Convent hosts artsy workshops and is home to markets, cafes and artists’ studios. Families feed the animals at Collingwood Children’s Farm, and rent boats from the Edwardian boathouse in nearby Fairfield.


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Parking in North Richmond & South Abbotsford?
Parking in North Richmond & South Abbotsford?

North Richmond & Abbotsford Victoria is a vibrant inner-suburb of Melbourne, just 3km outside the Melbourne CBD. There’s plenty to do in North Richmond & Abbotsford, but it’s most famous for its shopping, eating and drinking, watching spots from Melbourne Cricket Ground, the largest sports stadium in the southern hemisphere. North Richmond & Abbotsford is well served by public transport. Having a plan for parking in North Richmond & Abbotsford will make your life a lot easier. There are lots of options for cheap parking in Richmond, but as the closest suburb to the MCG it’s crowded when there’s a big game on with over 100,000 people.

The best way to get to here is via train or tram, with lots of route choices. You can get to Richmond’s train station from Flinders Street Station in the CBD, with a travel time of about 10 minutes. Tram numbers 70, 109, 48 and 75 will also get you from the city into various parts of North Richmond/Abbotsford.

There’s limited street parking in North Richmond & Abbotsford, if you want to try your luck. Most street parking is timed, and some spaces are reserved for local permit holders. Your best bet is to look on side streets away from the busier areas such as Bridge Road, Victoria Street, Swan Street or Church Street – but always pay attention to the signage. Remember parking will be harder to find in peak times or where there are events on so leave lots of time to look for a spot.

If you’re looking for a park near Bridge Road, you can’t beat Richmond Traders. This car park is accessed from 261 Bridge Road and offers easy access to shopping on the main strip. It operates from 6.00am to midnight each day and you can pay for parking with cash or credit card. This is being upgraded till 2021. 

Victoria Gardens is a shopping centre on the corner of Victoria and Burnley Streets or connecting with Bridge Road East End Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre car park gives you access to one of the major shopping hubs in Richmond – with supermarkets, cinemas, and food retailers close at hand. This is some of the cheapest parking in Richmond if you’re parking for just a few hours, but stay over 6 hours and parking gets expensive.

If you’re heading to Church Street for a short-stay, you could consider Church Street Car Park. This car park is open 24 hours a day but has a maximum parking time of 2 hours most of the time. The only times with no maximum parking time are before 6am and after 8pm on Saturday and Sunday.

If you're heading to Victoria street you could consider the Hive shopping car park. This carpark is open to serve aldi and woolworth supermarkets and other shops. The first hour is free then you will pay $4 per hour after. The Victoria street parking is about $2 per hour.

If you need to visit Epworth Hospital on Bridge Road, there’s limited undercover parking available. Hospital parking is filling up quickly and never cheap, but it’s an easy option when you really need to be there. The car park entrance is on Bridge Road. 

Located off Bridge Road and close to Epworth Hospital, Allowah Terrace Car Park is operated by Ace Parking and is both convenient and cheap. This car park is open 24/7 and has no height restrictions. It’s also just a short stroll away from the MCG, so it’s a great spot for game day parking or night time events at the stadium. Just get there early!

This one isn’t a car parking location, but an app to help you find one. PayStay is a convenient way to search for available on and off-street parking spaces, and to use cashless payments too. 

When using the app, you’ll be able to check it for parking availability in an area. It will show parking availability as low, medium, or high, so you’ll know just where you need to go. Once you have a spot you can use the app to pay for parking and to set reminders to let you know when your parking session is about to expire. It’s super useful!

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What Should You Eat For A Healthy Gut? Find Out Here!
What Should You Eat For A Healthy Gut? Find Out Here!

The human gut is a lot more intricate than many people believe it to be. It can influence your entire body’s health. A healthy gut can promote a robust immune system, a better mood, a healthy heart, better sleep, and of course, effective digestion. Maintaining good gut health can also prevent the development of autoimmune diseases and certain kinds of cancers. Gut health is the balance of microorganisms that inhabit the digestive tract. Maintaining the health of your gut and keeping the right balance of these microorganisms is necessary to ensure good mental and physical health. 

The gut flora or microbiome is made up of trillions of these viruses, yeasts, and bacteria. Various microbes are beneficial for our health. Some of them are even vital. However, others, especially when found in abundance, can be incredibly harmful. Fortunately, there are several lifestyle changes, including dietary changes, that you can adopt to guarantee better gut health, and in turn, improve your general health. Read this article to find out what you should eat for a healthy gut.


Yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which are considered to be a type of friendly and beneficial bacteria. Your best bet is to search for brands with full-fat and sugar-free yogurt versions. For a delicious breakfast or snack, you can combine it with a fruit of your choice. If you prefer yogurt drinks, these are great too, as they include an abundance of bacteria that is beneficial for the gut. Yogurt drinks actually have higher numbers of good bacteria than you would find in a regular cup of yogurt. Beware, however, since some of these drinks, especially the flavored versions, are high in sugar content.


Kefir is another type of probiotic drink. This beverage is made of fermented milk, which is then enriched with good bacteria. Kefir originally comes from Russia, Central Asia, and the mountainous area that lies between Europe and Asia. Kefir makes a great base ingredient for salad dressings. It tastes great when combined with seasoning and lemon juice. Many people also add it to soups and smoothies.


Sauerkraut is among the best food items that you can eat to ensure a healthy gut. This is because it is very rich in probiotics, vitamins, and fiber. Sauerkraut is finely chopped fermented cabbage. It is widely known to be a German dish. However, Central and Eastern Europe and Australia also have their own versions of this recipe. When you set out to Buy Sauerkraut, make sure that you select one that hasn’t been pickled in vinegar. This is because it loses many of its benefits. It is very appetizing when served alongside sausages. This meal is very affordable and is easy to prepare at home.


Fermented soybeans are added to rice or barley to make miso. Miso is abundant in numerous beneficial components, such as enzymes and good bacteria. This recipe is a great savory paste that is typically incorporated into soup, dressings, and dips. Many people also use it as a marinade while making tofu or salmon. If you’re into Japanese food, then chances are that you know this cuisine staple. Miso also makes for a great flavor booster in dairy-free cheeses and sauces. However, there isn’t sufficient research for sure to tell whether the bacteria found in miso can effectively reach the human gut. It is certain though that people who live in regions where Miso is the predominant food item have lower rates of bowel disease and overall better gut health.


Kimchi is a Korean food item that is made with fermented vegetables. This popular dish comes with the endless benefits of probiotic bacteria along with a high content of fiber and vitamins. Kimchi makes a great side dish when it’s served with eggs, meat, or salad. Did you know that Kimchi is so popular in Korea that they say “kimchi” instead of “cheese” when they’re being photographed?


Almonds make a great snack whenever you could use something to eat. Besides being very good for gut health due to their great probiotic properties, almonds are awesome sources of nutrition. They are rich in healthy fats, fiber, polyphenols, vitamin E, magnesium, and protein. Almonds can reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels.


You may have noticed the rising, yet very confusing obsession with sourdough. We are here to tell you that it’s all for good reason! To make sourdough, you must first ferment the dough. The fermentation process makes it much easier to digest than other, unfermented types of bread. Not to mention that the energy in sourdough releases slowly, which means that it’s likely to keep you full and energized for longer. You can replace your regular toast with sourdough to make very delicious sandwiches and an all-around healthier meal.



Kombucha is also very popular at the moment. This beverage, which is believed to have originated in Manchuria, is basically fermented tea. This makes it an excellent source of probiotics and good bacteria. This tea has a tangy, sharp taste that is rather vinegary. You can either drink it on its own to enjoy its refreshing essence or season it with spices and fruit. If you like cocktails, you can use kombucha as a base for a refined taste.


Garlic is enriched with antifungal and antibacterial properties. While this won’t bring good bacteria in, it surely will regulate bad and harmful bacteria, as well as aid in balancing the yeast in the gut. While you won’t eat garlic on its own, you can incorporate it into savory dishes for a great flavor. Additionally, garlic and its beneficial properties can prompt the bacteria to perform their job efficiently and improve the function of the gut.


Fresh ginger aids in the generation of stomach acid. It also helps the digestive system maintain the movement of food throughout the gut. You can incorporate grated fresh ginger into various recipes, including stews, sauces, and smoothies. You can also make ginger tea for a refresher. 

Maintaining good gut health is essential if you want to stay healthy. When left out of balance, the microorganisms that inhabit the body can cause severe harm. Fortunately, there are various things that you can eat to promote good bacteria functions, increase the number of helpful bacteria in the gut, and keep harmful bacteria under control.

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10 Best Sugar Substitutes
10 Best Sugar Substitutes

Sugar is one of the most common ingredients in our diet, but it also might be the most harmful. Our bodies were not designed to process large amounts of sugar, and all that excess sugar can lead to many health problems such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. So here are 10 substitutes for sugar that will help you (or your loved ones) cut out excess sugar from their diet:


1. Honey 

Honey is one of the most popular substitutes for sugar. There are many different types and flavours of honey with varying levels of sweetness so you might be wondering how much honey do you need? As a rule, for every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey. We recommend buying raw local honey to ensure you get a natural product with no additives.


2. Stevia

Stevia is a herb made from a plant called Stevia rebaudiana. It is native to South America but is also grown in Taiwan and China. This herb has been used for hundreds of years by certain tribes in Paraguay to sweeten their food. The sweetness comes from an extract made from the leaves of the plant. This extract is about 200 times sweeter than sugar! So it only takes a small amount to give you that sweetness that you want without all those empty calories and negative side effects of sugar.


3. Maple Syrup

Maple syrup comes from the sap of maple trees and has the same amount of calories as regular sugar. Using it in place of sugar will add a little bit of additional sweetness and will add some minerals and nutrients that are not found in regular sugar. Maple syrup can be used in many recipes but should be limited to avoid unwanted calories.


4. Agave Syrup

Agave syrup comes from the agave plant, which is a plant native to Mexico. It is very similar in taste and texture to honey, but it has a little fewer calories. However, I don't recommend it for most people as it's not something that you should consume very often because of its fructose content.


5. Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is made from the flowers of the coconut palm tree. It is not refined and contains some nutrients such as iron, zinc and potassium. It also doesn't contain any fructose and has a low glycemic index. Coconut sugar is much sweeter than white sugar and a little bit goes a long way.


6. Unsweetened Applesauce

By replacing regular sugar with unsweetened applesauce you can save yourself some calories, but don't expect it to taste like applesauce unless you add other ingredients like cinnamon and nutmeg.


7. Molasses

Molasses is the byproduct of refining cane juice into table sugar. Its rich flavour adds a depth that sugar can never equal. Many people use molasses in baked goods, but it's great in any savoury recipe.


8. Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is the byproduct of sugar refining. It has a more complex taste than regular molasses and contains higher levels of vitamins and minerals. It is slightly less sweet than regular molasses.


9. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be used in place of butter or oil for certain dishes. You can cook with it and use it in baking. However, coconut oil is only naturally sweet in its raw state and doesn't taste very good on its own.


10. Unsweetened Chocolate

Unsweetened chocolate has a strong cocoa flavour that cannot be replicated by any amount of sugar. The cocoa powder can be substituted one for one with unsweetened chocolate. The melted chocolate can replace chocolate chips or milk chocolate in a recipe to give some variety to your diet.



And that's it - you have the above 10 alternatives to sugar. Give them a try and we are sure you will be able to reduce your sugar intake in no time.

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Team Bonding Process is Simple and Transparent
Team Bonding Process is Simple and Transparent

Tired of struggling with too many details that go into any team building activity such as learning, togetherness or having fun? Otao kitchen's team bonding is built to handle all those details and more. Whether your next event is virtual, in-person or a combination of both, we’ll make sure it runs smoothly from start to finish. 

Our chefs and event managers love what they do. These are people who understand both the art of team building cooking. Their genuine enthusiasm is infectious. They have the ability to inspire and engage, while fostering positive, authentic connections that will last long after your event is over.

  • Selection. We have a dozen of cooking themes for you to cook, entertain, share and celebrate. Contact us helps you select a program to fit your goals, budget and calendar perfectly.
  • Customising. There’s real power in strategically customising a team and work party event to fit with the business culture, staff inspiration and goal of your team event.
  • Booking and planning. Your chef and host  organises event details for you so you can enjoy the event as well.
  • Event Day! Your chef and host deliver the cooking event, engage your team, achieve your goals, and wrap things up with a strategic debrief.

Where We Do Team Bonding

We have a brand new 200m2 cooking studio in Abbotsford, Melbourne - just 3km from Melbourne CBD or virtually online. Otao kitchen’s greatest strength is that you join us in our kitchen so you can experience the real cooking. Many of our programs can be done at your office. Other times a nearby venue makes more sense. We’ve staged successful events at countless hotels, restaurants, convention centers, and theme parks across the globe.

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A Guide to Team Building Activities in Melbourne
A Guide to Team Building Activities in Melbourne

For a Melbourne team to work effectively, it needs team players that communicate, support and collaborate with each other. While you can foster these qualities with time, it’s rare to find a team that work well together at the start. Collaboration has to be developed through group activities. 

If you’re looking up activities for team building, Melbourne team activities are packed with events and classes that will transform your team into a cohesive unit. Fun group activities in Melbourne offers include cooking classes, painting classes, and escape rooms. Your employees will develop friendships, create memories, and build trust, translating to productive, effective work units. 

This page covers why you should invest in team-building and lists some of the best team building activities in Melbourne has available to help you get started.

Importance of Team Building Cooking Activities

Team building cooking aims to create a fun and exciting environment where employees can interact while learning new skills. Throughout the cooking activity, they will learn about their strengths and weaknesses and develop the skills to work in harmony with each other. However, it would be best if your company didn’t rely on one-off corporate cooking events. Otao Kitchen hosts many cooking activities that allow your team to challenge themselves and build skills that will transfer to the workplace. 

Group Cooking Classes in Melbourne

A group cooking class is the perfect team outing. Melbourne is filled with foodies, so connecting your teammates with local chefs makes for a fun and exciting social kitchen escapade. 

You can stand beside your co-workers as you learn how to slice and dice and then celebrate the achievement with a delicious meal. Whether you’re looking for corporate summer outings or a more intimate setting, you can find new kitchen studio at Otao Kitchen for your employees to build trust and cooperation. Through group cooking classes, your team will:

  • Bonding
  • Creativity
  • Cooking 

Virtual Classes for Team Building

As the world continually adapts to the “new normal,” remote work has become commonplace. While some may love being able to roll out of bed and have their office a few feet away, remote workers lose out on the relationships typically built through in-person communication. 

One way to alleviate this burden is through online group activities. If you’re setting up team building activities, Sydney or Melbourne doesn’t have to be the stage. You can perform these games from the comfort of your own home while still benefiting from the much-needed social interaction.

Corporate Group Outings in Melbourne

Corporate team-building exercises don’t have to be a nuisance. With a little planning and the right atmosphere, you can organise an activity that boosts morale while building camaraderie. 

If you’re trying to find the most memorable team building activities, Melbourne cooking school Otao Kitchen can deliver, nothing beats a group cooking course—and you can host online group activities. Otao Kitchen has a variety of classes that can appeal to any palate. Contact us today to book group cooking classes for your company.

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Cooking Along With An Ingredient Kit
Cooking Along With An Ingredient Kit

When the Covid19 pandemic closed hospitality, tourism and entertainment businesses in early 2020, our chefs, tour guides, hosts and others were stranded. Otao Kitchen’s cooking classes, demonstrations and food events were cancelled.

Otao Kitchen turned to social media, where Zoom, Instagram and Facebook Live took the place of kitchen demonstration bench in front of an audience. It was trial and error, as we learned which camera buttons to push, how to control the sound and new ways to present our menu. Almost two years now we are getting the hang of it, prompting Otao Kitchen special ways in cooking and teaching over the internet.

In the past 6 months, we found one trend that’s emerging is cooking along with a kit. We are selling boxes of ingredients that go along with the online recipe that’s being demonstrated on Zoom cook-along classes. We found that we can make up the revenue loss by in-person cooking classes, and offer something more than you can find on Facebook or YouTube.

Chef and owner Ha Nguyen says there are 3 types of classes. The first one is the old school approach, where the instructor simply show how the dish is made, and the video is posted online. This method is crowded as every media outlet.

The second option is live Zoom classes that require registration. These allow us to earn some money by charging a fee with a limit on the number of people on each Zoom call. These classes often allow attendees to ask questions as the cooking is going on, or to follow up once the dish is finished. We did well in this class over the pandemic.

The third option that is rapidly growing for us are classes where participants purchase a kit of ingredients and make the dish at the same time with the chef. This way guests can enjoy closer to real life experience without the need of going out! Otao Kitchen is making the kits from dumplings to ramen and more to come.

We also learn a new way to deal with online cooking classes’ challenges. At a cooking school, we have everything, but not all people have the right pieces of equipment. We have to deal with people cooking while their family is at home. People also want to cook while socialising. We worked to modify the recipe, so we can send the kit with flexible to make the dishes. Even our chefs learned how different these classes can be.

Additionally, chefs can’t cook as much as they might be in a live demonstration, because every step needs to be broken down for the camera. Everything is slower because it’s all online.

Our guests' expectations are rising, so we have to be better with the experience delivery. If someone is a chef, the guests expect their set to look like a proper kitchen studio. At the beginning of the pandemic, guests were more patient with clumsily produced content. Now our guests want to feel like they are getting their money’s worth, and we want to feel like we are giving them more value.

Safe to say, as a small business, your feedback has helped us improve dramatically. At last, we feel like we’re delivering customers’ expectations.

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