Indigenous inspired ‘Masterchef’ team-building coming to Australia’s meetings and incentives sector

Renowned Indigenous chef, TV presenter, and author, Mark Olive, is bringing the flavours of Indigenous Australia to the nation’s $17.2 billion meetings and incentives sector, with a new team-building product.

Emerging from a partnership between Sydney-based team-building cooking organisation, Cheeky Food Events, and the celebrity chef, comes a new concept; The Cheeky Olive, combining Olive’s passion for cooking with his knowledge of native ingredients.

Olive said this partnership will help participants unearth traditional Australian flavours, cooking methods and ancient storytelling in a unique hands-on, competitive cooking challenge format.

“I’m really excited to use this event to share my knowledge and culture with others through my love of food as well as teach people how to integrate rich and interesting native flavours into their daily cooking routines,” Olive said.

The launch of this unique team-building product comes at a time when staff reconnection is more crucial than ever in post-COVID corporate Australia. With many businesses only just beginning to emerge from the consequences of COVID-19 in Australia, connections between people have never been more important.

“Connection is something that we all as humans crave,” said Cheeky Food Events owner Rob Frank, who is also the owner of Verve Creative Events.

“We’ve already been witnessing the importance of reconnection and creativity through our Verve Creative channels,” Frank said.

“This product through Cheeky Food Events provides the platform for colleagues to interact and connect in a fun way that strengthens team bonds, spurs open communication and increases team motivation and problem-solving.”

Recently tested for the first time with a large Melbourne based firm, owner Frank hinted the new product will be extremely well received.

“We’re super excited by the interest level and fun people were having. The product is already showing great signs of resonating with the audience,” he said.