Top 15 Cooking Team Building Activities to unite your team

29 November 2022 · 7 min read

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Cooking Team Building Activities

If you’re thinking of a cooking or culinary activity for your next team building event; look no further.

Below we answer all your questions about cooking and culinary team building activities in Australia.

And to get your mouth watering, we’ve included our list of the top 15 cooking & culinary team building activities available to you.

Read on to find out more.

Why are Team building activities cooking classes such an effective option for team building and development?

Let’s start with how do cooking classes benefit team building.
Firstly cooking activities require team members to work together to prepare food. Thus, participants need to work on communication. In fact the activities require time management and a joint effort. 
Secondly, once all the cooking is completed, you are able to sit down and eat the wonderful creations as a team. This results in social interaction, networking and team members having fun. Ultimately resulting in ongoing bonds formed.
In addition, there is no need to worry about the weather, it is a great year round event. 
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Team Building Activities Cooking Classes

There are 2 two basic types of cooking classes. One that is held at a purpose built venue and one that is mobile.

Team Building cooking activities at a purpose built venue.

Team building activities cooking at purpose built venues are usually cooking schools. They have the added advantage of having venue hire built into the price of the event. Sometimes the cost of an additional venue can be very expensive. We have purpose built venues in:
There are a variety of menu options available depending on the provider. These include:
Thai, Mexican, Dumplings, Sushi, Pizza.
Beverages are often included in the price, BYO or can be purchased on consumption. Once all the “knife” work is completed, and you sit down to your meal, Wine or Beer can be enjoyed. Of course soft drinks are also provided if you would prefer.

Mobile Culinary Team Building Activities

Mobile culinary team building activities are also popular. If you are not located close to a purpose built venue then this option may suit you. This option is very popular if you are conferencing at a venue and want to stay there. Access to a kitchen is not required. The provider brings either gas or electric table-top cookers. They do require access to water to clean up. It is also best to check with your venue if they will allow cooking in the conference room. Sometimes we require the smoke detectors to be turned off for a short time. We can assist you with venue suggestions where you are able to run a mobile cooking activity.
Mobile cooking team building activities are often the best option to cater for large groups. They provide a great team building activity for your conference as well a meal. Ultimately a great alternative if you don’t have the budget for both options. As a result, they provide a meal and social time for your team.

Thus, Team Building Made Easy has the perfect cooking activities to suit all teams. From 3 courses, Pizza, Chocolate , BBQ and even cooking for Charity. Additionally, menus can be customised and dietary requirements catered for.

AZ Big Media wrote an article on how to hold a successful cooking team building event.  They write that team building activities cooking classes are a delicious way to enhance teamwork.

To clarify, we have many options available. Some with purpose built venues, mobile venues or a venue of your choice. 

How do team building activities cooking work?

Firstly, activities are flexible events that all will enjoy, from a novice to real chef. Secondly, there are many themes for these activities. They include Mexican Madness, Fabulous French, Thai, Sushi, Dumplings and Aussie BBQ. Many team building cooking activities can also involve a mystery box challenge. Let us know if you would like a competitive edge to your cooking team building activities. For example, this can also include awards for best team, tastiest dish.
Typically, a cooking team building activity is 2.5-3 hours. This can be flexible if you don’t have that much time. This therefore allows enough time to cook meals and then sit together and enjoy your creations. 
In many cases, there can also be a charitable aspect.

Charity cooking team building activities.

There are 2 options for Cooking for Charity. Firstly you would just cook and donate the food to a homeless shelter. Or secondly, cook double amount, have a meal together with your team and donate food to a homeless shelter. Ultimately, these are powerful team building programs that will impact both your team and wider community. The final reward being the donation of these meals to a worthy charity.
Above all, a culinary team building activity is like no other. Your team will produce the ultimate fine dining experience. For example, they may shop for ingredients, set the table, design a menu and cook a meal. Most importantly, team building cooking program are designed to be fun. As a result, teams are also required to focus on their time management and creativity skills. 
For more information on what is included, check out this article – Team Building Cooking Activities for Foodies


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Culinary Team Building Activities

Certainly, Cooking challenges are the Ultimate Team Building Activity. Culinary Team Building Activities help create links. As a result, Cooking as a team is a sure success. According to an article by Team working, Team Building activities cooking classes will unite your team with fun. In addition, they have relational and relaxing moments that everybody can share. 

Further, benefits of team building cooking activities include:

  •  Motivate and improve team spirit.
  • Improve connection within the team.
  • Communication – working on your ideas as a team.
  • Collaboration – working with one another and not against one another.
  • Sharing and learning from one another to help your team succeed.
  • Time management – making sure you manage the tasks.
  • Sharing and learning from one another to help your team succeed.
  • Trust and delegation. 
  • Competition.
  • Builds trust.
  • Stimulate creativity.
  • Improve leadership/team efficiency.
  • Demonstrate the importance of the contribution of each team member.
  • Learn a new skill to impress your family and friends.
  • Have a common goal.
As a result of enabling a team to work in the right environment, a successful culture is built. Thus creating great outcomes.
Team building cooking activities uses skills and teamwork which your team won’t even realise. This article discusses the benefits further – Benefits of Team Building Activities Cooking Classes

Why cooking classes is good for your team 

In addition, working collaboratively encourages people to give their best. Personal efforts are important, but teamwork is able to produce a better final dish. That is to say, each person has a role. For example, they bring skills and knowledge that improves their team. Additionally, the challenge of a kitchen ensures a team’s communication. In the same way, Charity adds extra motivation. Thus ensuring each person will be wanting to produce a high quality dish. 
A culinary team building activity enables your team to work with local experts. In particular Chefs create the atmosphere to foster team building. Many experts have been running these programs for years. Therefore, they have become aware of team building outcomes and can facilitate them. The use of a kitchen and time constraints promotes a variety of skill. These include:.
Working well under pressure. 
Be efficient and positive.
Utilising all team members. 
As employees continue to become more specialised in their roles, collaboration becomes more important. Therefore, collaboration in the workplace makes team work successful. Cooking team building activities require Collaboration. Read the above article to give you further insight.
 A cooking team building activities introduces a range of benefits to any team. The skills learnt are applicable to work back at the office. Additionally, you make lasting memories as your team reflects on the day for years to come. 

Our top 15 favourite Cooking Team Building Activities

We have so many Culinary Team Building Activity ideas that it is hard to pick just 15! Here, in no particular order, are our favourite top 15 Cooking Activity options.

Cooking Team Building Activities Ideas

Culinary team building activities are increasing in demand. They are run in a number of different locations around Australia. They are also available online. The flexibility of the event means it is just about anywhere. They can be held anytime, day or night. Purpose built venues means you are not far from a potential location. 
Cooking team building activities are not limited to traditional meals. Options such as food trucks, chocolate making and cocktails classes are available. There is a wide range of different cuisines from many cultures. Thus enabling you to tailor make your cooking activity to suit your workplace.

For more ideas on how to run your cooking team building activity – Three ideas for culinary team building activities

Cocktail Team Building Activities 

 If Cooking is not your style then maybe a Team Building Cocktail making class is one for your team. Whether it is for a get together, a celebration or an ice-breaker.

Bonding and having fun as a team while making delicious cocktails, or mocktails.  These events can be mobile or in your office or another location. Mobile cocktail making makes things easy, by bringing all the equipment required.

If Cocktails are not your style then we have other options. We hold Competitive Tasting with a choice of Wine, Beer, Whisky or Gin. 

So if you are ready to reward your team contact us today about our team building cooking activities.

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Team Building Activities are an integral component of building and developing your team. But how can you make sure you choose the right activity to suit your team’s needs? We have written an in-depth article – Ultimate Guide to Team Building Activities for just that purpose. By the end of it you will be an expert and know all the advantages, drawbacks, common mistakes. It will guide you to organise an amazing Team Building Activity. We share resources and our extensive knowledge and experience. This will be helpful for organising corporate team building activities.

If you are not interested in cooking then Creative Team Building Activities may be more your style.

Team Building Made Easy is a brokerage service. It allows us to have many amazing race options. Contact us, and we can help you find the right one.

We pride ourselves in offering tailor made experiences. We want to help you get the most out of your cooking team building activity. Please feel free to get in touch and have a chat. We will find out what you want from your culinary team building activities.  Therefore, helping you choose the right activity. That is, the one that meets your outcomes, your location and your budget.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The minimum number would be around 8-10. The maximum number would be 50-100. These numbers depend on the venue.

Most of our Cooking Activities are held in purpose build venues. These are found all over Australia. We have a number of options that can be tailored to where ever you would like to hold your event. This also includes virtual options.

No. Our team building cooking activities can accommodate for those of all skill levels.

Most dietary requirements can be catered for. We would need to be advised of your specific requirements prior to event. That is the number of Vegetarian or Vegan meals. Any Gluten free options and specific allergies.

No. By using the services of Team Building Made Easy, you will not be charged any hidden costs or charges.  We have arrangements in place with all our listed providers to ensure they quote to us as they would quote directly to you the user if you were to go to them directly.


  1. Team Building Made Easy Pty Ltd is a booking agent for companies that provide team building activities. Team Building Made Easy Pty Ltd is not the provider of these activities.
  2. When you book an activity through Team Building Made Easy you are purchasing a credit for team building to the value of that booking. Subject to these terms and conditions you may use that credit for any team building activity available through Team Building Made Easy.

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  1. Bookings must be confirmed in writing by either signing and returning the Team Building Made Easy quote or by replying to the email containing the quote and clearly stating you wish to proceed with the team building activity as quoted.
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  1. Some Providers have specific Terms and Conditions which are in addition to these Terms and Conditions and are outlined in your quote. In the event of a conflict between these Terms and Conditions and Provider Terms and Conditions the Provider Terms and Conditions will have precedence.


  1. As a booking agent for companies providing team building activities Team Building Made Easy will not be responsible for any loss, injury or damage incurred or suffered by any participants during an activity.
  2. Where any liability is transmitted through a point of law to Team Building Made Easy then the maximum aggregate liability of the Team Building Made Easy, its directors, employees, agents and servants for all claims under or relating to this contract or its subject matter is limited to an amount equal to the Fees paid by the customer under this Contract.

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  1. Should any dispute arise from an activity then as a booking agent for companies providing team building activities Team Building Made Easy will use its best endeavours to help you resolve the dispute with the provider. Please note however that as a booking agent we do not have direct control over the provider and as provided for in clause 10 of these terms and conditions any dispute and or refund will be based on the provisions of the Provider’s contract


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