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Shake It Up Baby, Now! Best Self Atlanta took to the kitchen at Team Building with Taste to sharpen solidarity, add a pinch of trust and a dash of appreciation for one another. By Annie Paschal Love to watch “Chopped,” Food Network’s culinary competition series? Can you turn on an oven or whip up crème brûlée like a pro? Want to connect more with your coworkers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, visit Team Building with Taste (TBWT) for an out-of-the-box bonding experience. Best Self Atlanta, one of Atlanta Best Media’s flagship publications, joined forces with its sister publication, My Home Improvement, and friends in the home improvement industry for a fun-filled cooking showdown.

(L-R) Alex McCray, Halen Adair, Wyndi Kappes, Patti Stephens, Paul Castell, Jennifer Prins, and Antonette Copeland enjoy a glass of wine before the fun begins.

Our group was strategically split into four teams. This allowed people in departments that don’t interact on a regular basis an opportunity to get to know each other better. Once the clock started, we were off to make the “healthy” menu (seven other menu options are also available, including Bistro, Italian, South of the Border and more). We got organized to make kale salad, poached salmon, and warm quinoa. Someone in each group immediately took charge by assigning roles, brainstorming ways to enhance the recipe, and more. A pantry stocked with fresh vegetables, plenty of spices, bacon, cheeses, and everything in between was at our disposal. A TBWT-designated chef was

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When the timer sounded, everyone put down their bowls and added finishing touches to their plate for the judges. Then it was time to present our dishes to fellow competitors and convince the judges to choose their group as the winner. Some chose catchy sayings and others went with creative music and dances. Team Two featured editorial assistant Wyndi Kappes on the megaphone giving a funny speech and starting a “Kale Yeah!” chant. Getting the audience involved definitely scored them extra points. Ultimately it was Team Four that

(L-R) Chefs Susan Fornek, Philip DeYoung, and Gloria Mitchell are ready to help.

Patti Stephens goes kale crazy.

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at every station, to offer each group helpful hints to create a meal that would make the judges want to declare them the winner.

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Photography by Justin Sicard of Mammoth Studio.

Started by chef Paul McKeon and Jack Gerblick in 2012, TBWT invites businesses to strengthen their teamwork through collaborative cooking. During the culinary challenge, teams have 55 minutes to prepare a threecourse meal while handling the occasional curveball.

Diane Coker becomes a grill master.

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