Unilever staff take over Brigade kitchens

Brigade Changing Roles, Changing Lives Takeover Challenge

Consumer goods company Unilever experienced the ultimate team building challenge, as they took over the kitchen at social enterprise restaurant Brigade, working alongside its team of chef apprentices.

Owned by PWC and managed by BaxterStorey, Brigade is home to social enterprise Beyond Food, which helps vulnerable adults who have experienced homelessness, to gain meaningful employment.  The day saw 30 eager Unilever employees from the household cleaning brands team, work together with the apprentice team, to create a lunch served to 85 guests.

Given the opportunity to work front and back of house, tasks included bread-making, food preparation, polishing cutlery and serving guests. On the menu was a delicious lunch of homemade fresh bread, spiced prawn salad to start, charred lamb with spring vegetables for main and a chocolate pave with rhubarb and hazelnuts to finish.

The day offered a unique team-building exercise and gave the Unilever team an opportunity to participate in a meaningful cause and to find out more about the Brigade apprentices and their backgrounds.

Claudina Piitaluga, Assistant Brand Manager for Cif, Unliever, said: “The day was about coming together as a team, being pushed out of our comfort zone, and contributing to society. It was brilliant to meet and work alongside all of the apprentices and hear their experiences first-hand, whilst also helping such a worthy cause, which is what Unilever is all about.”

Chef and founder of Beyond Food Simon Boyle, who oversaw the kitchen on the day, highlighted the positive impact promoting food as a catalyst for social change can have: “We’ve made it our mission to help adults break the cycle of poverty by giving them the training, skills and support they need to move into meaningful employment”.

If you and your team want to find out more about taking over the kitchen visit the Brigade website.

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