Kitchen Challenge

Kitchen Challenge

An Iron Chef-style Group Cooking Competition

If the company picnic isn't cutting it, you are in the right place. Trade the typical ho-hum team building activity for the heat of the kitchen and try this new recipe for building teamwork. Get fired up with your colleagues at this 3-hour, fast-paced kitchen competition brimming with culinary adventure and fun.

In this Iron Chef-style and Chopped-like team building activity, guests are divided into large teams and face off in a timed culinary competition. With our professional chefs as culinary coaches, each team strategizes together to create a meal consisting of a protein, vegetable and starch. Creativity, division of tasks and effective communication within each team are critical for the win. Members of the team that dishes up the best meal win prizes based on presentation, teamwork, and taste. The result? A full sit-down meal garnished with camaraderie and served with a side of competitive edge. Grab your apron and fire up the grill!

Our Kitchen Challenge team building events have been featured in The New York Times, Southwest Airlines Magazine, Business 2.0 Magazine, Gourmet Magazine, and on CNBC and KGO-AM 810 radio.

Pricing & Services

Prices for our Kitchen Challenge experience vary based on guest count, event format and venue rental fees. Prices are based on a minimum of 20 guests. We create a customized proposal(s) for your group. Cost is all-inclusive of professionally trained staff, ingredients, venue fee, party rentals, travel fee (if applicable), non-alcoholic beverages, and service fee.

Our event sales team stands by ready to give you all the details including a customized proposal for your event. Ask us about event enhancements including optional appetizer and menu upgrades, custom logo aprons, wine education sessions, meeting facilities, specialty rentals and more.

Our proposals are all-inclusive except for wine and beer – there are no hidden fees!

Plan Your Kitchen Challenge Event

Kitchen Challenge

What to expect

In this fast-paced team building activity, guests are divided and paired with our chefs in a timed competition. With three basic ingredients and a pantry, teams are challenged to create culinary masterpieces from scratch. Strategy, creativity and communication are all crucial for the win. When the clock runs out each team presents their creation to the judge and sit down to enjoy the feast they created. Teams are judged on presentation, taste, creativity and teamwork and prizes are awarded to the winning team. This is a 3-hour event with seated dining.

SAMPLE Timeline - Kitchen Challenge

*We can start your event at any time!

Guests arrive and enjoy beverages and complimentary antipasto platter
Brief culinary demonstration, introduction to event program, team division
Guests begin to cook
Cooking ends and present their creations to the judges
Guests are seated for the meal, winners announced during dessert
Event ends and guests depart

Summer 2018 Kitchen Challenge Menu

The Parties That Cook Summer Menu reflects our chefs’ inspired selection of seasonal produce sourced from local farmer markets, and the highest quality sustainable proteins from our purveyors. Upon arrival, your guests are welcomed with our complimentary antipasto platter of cheese, crackers, olives and salumi. For your Kitchen Challenge event, our pantry is stocked with exciting ingredients to inspire each team to culinary success! The main ingredients you choose will be the foundation of a delicious meal your team prepares together in this Iron Chef-Style competition. A protein upgrade of market fish or premium beef is available with a per person surcharge.

Select ONE ingredient from each of the categories below

Starch Vegetable
Chicken Breast
Potatoes Tomatoes
Butcher's Cut Beef
Quinoa Eggplant
Pork Tenderloin
Rice Noodles Zucchini
Boneless Leg of Lamb
NY Strip*
Market Fish*

* Upgrade option, denotes $10 additional charge per guest


Select ONE dessert recipe from the options below

Peach and Blueberry Hand Pies with Lemon Glaze and Vanilla Whipped Cream  
Torta Regina: A Flourless Chocolate Cake with Hazelnuts 
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake with Whipped Crème Fraiche 
No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust and Summer Berry Compote 
Kitchen Challenge Food

More Cooking Event Formats

Small Plates

Reception-Style Cooking Party

Your team will mix and mingle while cooking up spectacular international appetizers, cocktail-style!

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Chef’s Table

Seated Dining Experience

Guests work in teams to prepare a delicious, four-course menu culminating in a seated meal with formal dining service.

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Sushi Showdown

Sushi Competition Event

In this technique-driven Chopped-like team building activity, guests are divided into small teams and face off in a timed sushi battle.

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