Before the event we work out any client objectives and decide who will work with who in the kitchen. The guests arrive at the venue usually thinking they are going out for dinner, during a drinks reception chefs arrive and let them know they are going to be cooking. We then have a briefing session, decide on the time to eat and allocate the work to pairs or threes depending on numbers.
We then move into the kitchen and guests prepare and cook the meal under the guidance of the chefs. When everything is ready the guests all sit down to eat and each course is served by the guests who cooked it assisted by waiters. We usually get the guests to vote for the best food on the night and award prizes to the best chefs. Another option is to invite senior directors to join the team to eat and let them judge.