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 and venue rental fees. Prices are based on a minimum of 20 guests.

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

Our 2016 Fall Menu Collection

The Parties That Cook Fall Menu reflects our chefs’ inspired selection of seasonal produce sourced from local farmer markets, and the highest quality sustainable proteins from our purveyors. 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:

Protein Starch Vegetable
Pork Loin Polenta Kale
Chicken Breast Sweet Potatoes Parsnips
Butchers Cut Beef Farro Brussels Sprouts
NY Strip*    
Market Fish*    

* Upgrade option, denotes $10 additional charge per guest


Select ONE dessert recipe from the options below:

Gingerbread Gâteau with Salted Caramel Sauce and Chantilly Cream^
Brownies Layered with Mint Topping and Chocolate Ganache^
Olive Oil Cake with Orange Blossom Water and Spiced Poached Pears^
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Warm Nutmeg Cream Sauce^

^ Gluten free or can be made gluten free upon request

Kitchen Challenge Food

Other 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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