Eat, Drink and be Merry: 7 Festive Christmas Cooking Team Building Activities

There’s no better way to unite people than through food, especially during a festive celebration such as Christmas. This year, why not bring together your colleagues by cooking and preparing your holiday feast before dining together in style? To give you some inspiration, here are 7 incredible Christmas cooking team building activities that will make your end of year office celebrations a success.

1. ‘Let’s Get Cooking’

Spark up the holiday spirit with some spicy competition through Let’s Get Cooking. This activity will have teams compete to make the most delicious, original and aesthetically pleasing meal for a panel of judges. Participants are divided into teams where they’ll discuss their plan of actions for the following roles: measurer, chopper, fryer, shopper and server. A budget will be given for their ingredients. The teams will then cook their best dishes and serve them to the judges. Once all the cooking is done, participants will dine together and enjoy their hard work.

This team building activity is available throughout Australia. It takes approximately 2 hours and can be held during either the day or night (dinner).

2. Melbourne Pizza Making Class

Your talent in tossing pizza dough will be challenged with this team building activity. Melbourne Pizza Making Class is a great activity for a Christmas party. It starts off with half an hour of drinks, canapés and mingling before moving onto the activity itself. A host will be explaining the pizza making process, including how to toss the perfect pizza. Participants will get to decorate their bases with their chosen toppings.

When the pizzas are done, here comes the best part—eating them. Exceptional participants will be awarded the honorary title of “The Best Pizza Maker” and bragging rights.

3. Cooking team building Sydney

Cooking Team Building is a flexible event that everyone is sure to enjoy. Themes for this activity include Mexican Madness, Spanish Paella and Tapas, Fabulous French, Aussie BBQ and the classic 3 course set menu. For an added challenge, participants can also choose to add a Mystery Box Challenge that will push their creative boundaries.

This activity is approximately 2.5-3 hours to allow enough time for everyone to cook their meals and sit down to dine and enjoy their creations. The menus and formats are hands on, with everyone involved in preparation, cooking and serving. An experienced chef is present to guide everyone through each of their dishes with helpful tips and tricks.

4. Brisbane Master Chef Challenge

Come to one of Queensland’s highest voted cooking schools and be taught how to create culinary art. There are several menu options to suit any type of team including Modern Thai fusion, a taste of the Mediterranean, ‘Mystic Middle East’, A taste of Tuscany, Spanish Tapas and many more.

Brisbane Master Chef Challenge is particularly good as a team building activity as it breaks down the office hierarchical structures. In this kitchen, there are no followers or leaders. Maximum size of 40 people and the event last for 3 hours.

5. Team Chef

Challenge your knowledge of fine dining. Team Chef is a cooking team building activity like no other. Your team will produce the ultimate fine dining experience. From shopping for ingredients, setting and decorating the table, designing a menu and cooking a main meal for everyone to enjoy. This activity will be a culinary experience to remember.

Once the cooking is done, a panel of judges will taste and score the dishes based on taste, use of core ingredient, teamwork, presentation and creativity. After an award ceremony, everyone will sit done and enjoy the dishes they’ve worked hard on.

6. Cooking for Charity

Christmas is a season of giving and the best way to celebrate it is to give back to the community. Cooking for Charity certainly gives participants both the fun of a cooking team activity and the chance to make a difference towards a local charity.

Participants are divided into teams and are tasked to plan and cook their most delicious signature dishes. The challenges are either via mystery box or a full shopping experience. Once the dishes are done, they’re served to a judging panel for tasting and scoring. After the winners have been determined and the prizes have been given, the signature dishes will be donated to a local charity for those in need to enjoy.

7. Corporate Shopping and Cooking Challenge

Live out the full cooking tv show dream with this team building activity. Explore the best that South Australia has to offer through Corporate Shopping and Cooking Challenge. There are 5 cuisines that participants will get to pick: European, Asian, Vegetarian/Vegan, Middle Eastern or French. Teams will then design a menu on their chosen cuisine. Each team are required to race into the supermarket and fresh market stores to shop for their ingredients.

Once the shopping is done, the teams will need to cook 3 signature dishes—entrée, main and dessert. Before everyone could sit down with their amazing creation paired with Bent Creek Wine, they’ll need to face the judges.

What makes cooking so special?

Christmas Cooking is a great team building activity. It’s fun, challenging and much more enjoyable when shared with others. It’s also a chance to discover your inner Jamie Oliver or Kylie Kwong. But the best part about cooking is knowing that you’ve created something special using simple ingredients. And for your team, it’s great knowing that you worked together to create something spectacular and memorable.



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