Culinary Team Bonding

Savor the Impact of Culinary Team Bonding

Cooking from Home Chef Holly in her home kitchen Chef Candy teaching a remote course Student in culinary course

Food + Fun = High Functioning Teams
Tired of the same old team bonding activities? Are you looking for something that will ‘bring the fun’ while still providing targeted team development?  Look no further—COCC has the perfect event for your crew!  

Why Culinary Team Bonding? 

  • Help your team members learn to collaborate in more effective ways
  • Experience new challenges in working together
  • Enjoy an incredible meal while improving communication skills
  • Stretch your wings with the guidance of expert culinary chef instructor
  • Cost: $1,700 for 16 people, maximum. Smaller group sizes will be adjusted. Price is all-inclusive to include all instruction, space rental, food costs, and clean-up
  • All classes will take place in the COCC Cascade Culinary Institute state of the art teaching kitchens
  • All classes are 3 hours, which include introduction, cooking, eating, and cleanup

Team Bonding Option 1:

  • Groups will be broken into teams working towards completion of a meal that they will enjoy together.
  • This class will bring about natural team work, organization, communication, and collaboration as the teams enjoy creating something delicious to enjoy and share.
  • Recipes will be provided and each team will work together to complete at least one dish.
  • Teams can choose a team leader “Head Chef” and a “Sous Chef” like in a professional kitchen.
  • They will organize and set themselves up for a successful dish under the watchful eye of the instructor.
  • Clients can choose dishes from menus such as Italian, Spanish, Farm to Table, Asian or Mediterranean.

Team Bonding Option 2:

“Mystery Basket” (a Chopped-style cooking challenge!)

  • The group will be broken down into teams, each with a team leader, to be chosen amongst themselves.
  • Team work and communication will be key as they create a plan and a path to successful dishes.
  • This class will bring about natural team work, organization, communication, and collaboration as the teams enjoy creating something delicious to enjoy and share.
  • Teams will be given the same ingredients in their mystery baskets to create a dish or dishes.
  • They will also be provided with a pantry of ingredients to choose from to create their dishes and will be challenged to transform their ingredients and create something delicious.
  • Teams will present their final dishes to a panel of tasters who will critique their dishes in the “Chopped-style” giving feedback on taste, presentation, and creativity.
  • The participants will also be cooking enough for themselves to enjoy and a winning team will be announced.


Culinary Team Bonding Class Sample Menus (subject to change):

The below lists sample dishes by cuisine.  Exact number of dishes will vary depending on how many participants. 

Farm To Table

  • Chopped Salad with Ranch Dressing
  • Spatchcock Marinated Chicken and Salsa Verde
  • Smoky Roasted Potatoes
  • Harissa and Honey Carrots
  • Herbed Flatbread
  • Seasonal Fruit Shortcakes


  • Beef Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
  • Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Fresh Summer Rolls with Assorted Dipping Sauces
  • Sesame Noodles
  • Lettuce Wraps with all the trimmings


Assorted Tapas:

  • Tortilla Española with Romesco Sauce
  • Stuffed Piquillo Peppers
  • Albondigas (Spanish meatballs)
  • Patatas Bravas with Smoky Aioli
  • Chicken & Seafood Paella


  • Shawarma Spiced Chicken
  • Lamb Meatballs with Pomegranate Glaze
  • Warm Israeli Couscous vegetable salad
  • Harissa Roasted Carrots
  • Hummus with toppings
  • Za’atar Flatbread


  • Classic Ceasar Salad
  • Chicken Milanese with Arugula and Tomato Salad
  • Mushroom Risotto
  • Sauteed Broccoli Rabe Aglio e Olio
  • Chilled Zabaglione and berries

Contact us today to discuss menu options/pricing and how we can partner with you to provide an event that delivers fantastic team growth while having fun!

Stephanie Goetsch
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Testimony from Culinary Team Bonding participants:

  • "It was refreshing to be in a training context that emphasized exploring & discovery rather than exposure & diagnosis. The atmosphere was welcoming and non-threatening, leaving room for surprise breakthroughs."

  • "It was helpful exploring the analogy between cooking together and working together, plus discovering all of the psychological connections between the two. It was fun to see co-workers in a different way outside of the work setting."

  • "It was fun to experience team building in a non-traditional way."