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Culinary Cook-Offs

Our food-themed team building events are the most delicious and can be delivered anywhere in North America! Each program is the perfect blend of good food, competition, and fun.  Encourage your group to work together as a team and enjoy each other’s company. Best Corporate Events will work seamlessly with your venue to arrange all the logistics, from ordering the food and setting up the room. 

The kitchen can be a fun environment that makes cooking a perfect team building activity. Teams will enjoy a competitive format while collaborating and strengthening the cohesiveness of their team.  Every member of the team, from all departments including executives, management and sales can work together. Each member of the team will contribute to creating what is on the menu.

Best Corporate Events offers five food-themed culinary programs. Each designed to allow everyone from a novice cook to master chef to participate comfortably.  

  1. Chili Cook-off

Chili Cook-Off involves all members of the team completing a different task. From prepping and cooking the chili, decorating the chef’s apron, and creating a presentation or jingle that will showcase the uniqueness of their team. Participants will also earn points for their team using Apple iPads® which deliver text, audio and video clues, chili trivia and exciting gaming challenges.  All your memories of this delicious event will be captured with photos and video of your teams in action. After judging, scoring and tasting, one team will emerge as the reigning Chili Cook-Off Champion!

  1. Fiesta Fun™

Fiesta Fun™ is a lively event where corporate groups will experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Mexico! In this exciting contest, participants compete to make their own brand of salsa, guacamole, and golden margaritas!  Having fun to the beat of Mexican music, the program kicks off with a series of team building icebreakers. Next, teams work on their unique recipes, develop a name and logo and write a jingle to market their creations. Tables equipped with all the required utensils and an abundance of ingredients are supplied.

  1. Food Truck Face-Off

Teams are formed and participate in a competitive large group icebreaker to set the order in which they choose their cuisine and theme that their truck will feature. All-American, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian, Vegetarian, and “Sweet Tooth” are all on the table and up for grabs.
Once cuisines are chosen it’s time to get to work, picking a company name, designing a logo, and building a large truck façade with cardboard, duct tape, and decorative materials.  Teams also create their menus, as well as a commercial they will perform to whet their colleagues’ appetites. To test each team’s culinary creativity, specific ingredients will be provided, and suggestions for the dishes to be served, but there will be no actual recipes.

  1. Foodie SmartHunt®

Teams will be provided with iPads and a food and beverage budget. They will search for local restaurants, cafes, street vendors, food trucks, and farmer’s markets to sample local cuisine and videotape live critiques on their iPads during this one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt.  As teams travel on their culinary tour, they will navigate to historic points of interest and earn points by completing in photo and video challenges and a variety of Foodie themed missions such as Chef Talk, Food Critic, Foodie Trivia and Beat the Bartender. Teams could even earn extra points at fun, challenging, physical game stations set up at one or more of the stops!

  1. Tapas and Sangria Making

In this Spanish-themed series of team bonding exercises, your group will be making Tapas and Sangria! Now enjoyed everywhere, Tapas originated as appetizers or small plates in Spanish cuisine. Flavorful Sangria is a beverage from Spain and Portugal, which normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, sweetener, and a small amount of brandy.  Your group will be formed into “wineries.” Each team will choose a name for their winery, develop their own brand of Sangria using ingredients from our marketplace and design a logo used to market their unique concoction. The ingredients in Sangria vary, particularly in the type of fruit used, the kind of spirits added, and the presence or lack of carbonation. Teams also create Tapas based on a delicious cold menu provided so no stove required! Ingredients and a dish description will be provided but not a specific recipe, and that’s where the team building comes in.

Throughout each of these cooking activities, the group’s creativity, communication, cooperation, and time management are all challenged.  The type of cuisines may vary, but these programs share a common mission – to build unity while breaking down barriers for better communication. Our events focus on interaction which leads to happier and more productive team members in the workplace. So let’s get cooking!

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