Culinary & Cooking Team Building

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Culinary Team Building 

Our food-themed and cooking team building events are fun and delicious.  Each program is the perfect blend of good food, competition, and fun to encourage your group to work together as a team. Ultimately, teams will enjoy each other’s company while cooking up some tasty treats.  Best Corporate Events will work seamlessly with your venue to arrange all the logistics from ordering the food to the setting up the room.

The kitchen has always been a place where friends and family like to congregate to socialize.  Preparing food together can foster creativity and camaraderie which makes cooking a perfect team building activity. Teams will enjoy a competitive format type event while collaborating and strengthening the cohesiveness of their team.  As a result, this is a perfect opportunity to level the playing field. Teams can be created by combining various departments to work together.  Everyone will take on an important role and it will take each team member’s contribution to create what is on the menu.

Unleashing Culinary Creativity with Diverse Programs

Best Corporate Events offers four food-themed culinary programs. Each is designed to allow everyone from a novice cook in their home kitchen to the master chef in a gourmet kitchen to participate comfortably.

1. Chili Cook-off

Chili Cook-Off involves all members of the team completing different tasks, including 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 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 team building 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!

2. 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 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 are equipped with all the required utensils, and an abundance of ingredients are supplied.

3. Food Truck Face-Off

After teams are formed, they will participate in a fun icebreaker which will set the order in which they will choose their cuisine. The order also determines the theme that their food 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. Teams pick a company name, design a logo, and build 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.

4. Tapas and Sangria Making

In this Spanish-themed series of team bonding cooking 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 usually 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.

Let’s get cooking!

The type of cuisines may vary, but these cooking programs share a common goal – to build unity while breaking down barriers for better communication. Culinary programs offer challenges to the group’s creativity, communication, cooperation and time/resource management.  Most importantly, culinary team building fosters positive, open communication and resourceful thinking.

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. 

From a small intimate group of 30 to a large group of 100’s, 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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