‘Meals from the Heart’ Cooking Competition
Over the past few weeks, our team took part in a cooking competition and had the privilege to cook up some delicious meals for the families at Rānui House as part of their ‘Meals from the Heart’ dinner programme.
Meals from the Heart is a new dinner programme for families at Rānui House which provides a fun and rewarding way for your friends, family, or colleagues to support Rānui House families through simple home-cooked meals. The concept is straightforward: a group of four to six individuals is recommended to comfortably work within their kitchen space. Your group is responsible for providing all the ingredients, and the meals must be prepared on-site. On average, the catering is for 30-40 people, plus your team.
Our cooking competition involved four teams, split into specific departments: the Service team, Parts team, Workshop Techs team, and the Sales team. Every team did an amazing job and showcased their culinary skills with great flair! The families had the opportunity to vote for their favourite meals, and we celebrated the occasion by hosting a morning tea at our workshop, where the winners were announced.
Before revealing the winners, here’s a recap of everything that happened in our team’s cooking competition.
Team 1: Service team
First up, we had our service team also known as the ‘Shakers & Bakers,’ who impressed everyone with their culinary skills and prepared a unique South African feast. For the main course they served a special dish called ‘Bobotie’ a South African dish consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. Accompanying the main course were sides of broccoli salad and potato salad. Led by Heinrich, Angela, and Lané, the team did an exceptional job and received outstanding feedback from the families.
Team 2: Parts team
A spectacular effort from our Parts team, led by James, Raymund, Grant, and Jacob. The team showcased their culinary skills and impressed the families with their delectable dishes, including Eye fillet with gourmet garlic seasoning and a side of seasonal salad, along with seasonal roast veggies as the main course. For dessert, they treated everyone to delightful lemon tarts and chocolate cake.
Team 3: Workshop Tech team
Our workshop tech team, led by Shane, James, Yash, Alex, Tim, Sam, and Michael, did an outstanding job in preparing dinner for the families. Their meals were so impressive that one of the families even asked if they could provide out-catering services! The families had a delightful experience and provided amazing feedback. The team’s delicious brownies stood out the most where it even received 100 out of 10 by one of the families!
Team 4: Sales team
Last but not least, our Sales team, the Alejandros Amigos – Thomas, Isaiah, Andy, Sam, Alex, and Aliesha. As their team name suggests, the Sales team prepared a delightful Mexican Fiesta-themed dinner. They served Slow Cooked Pork Tacos, Mexican Mince Tacos, and Mexican Rice as the main course. And for dessert, they treated the families to Pan-baked Pancakes topped with four different ice cream flavors and sauce.
The team not only incorporated Mexican flavours into their meals, but also their Spotify playlist! Throughout the evening, the families, together with our Sales team had a blast listening to music, whilst enjoying a tasty feast.
Last Wednesday, we hosted a morning tea at our workshop where the winners of the Miles Continental ‘Meals from the Heart’ cooking competition were announced. The results were determined by votes from the families of Ranui House, and the winning team achieved an impressive score of 28.1 out of 30 points. Congratulations to the Sales team for winning this year’s cook off!
We’re so proud of all of our staff who got involved and helped bring delicious meals to the table for the families staying at Rānui House. Great work everyone!
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Rānui House for giving us the opportunity to take part in and support the Meals from the Heart program. It is an honor for us to be involved in such an incredible initiative, and we are overjoyed by the heartwarming feedback received from the families.
We’re honoured to support the Rānui House Bone Marrow Cancer Trust in their mission, and we look forward to further fostering our relationship and supporting the valuable work they do.