Executive Oasis International - Cooking Team Building

Cooking Team Building, Toronto

Facilitated Cooking Team Building in Toronto & the GTA


From cooking s'mores over an open campfire to barbecuing meat for dinner and preparing breakfast under the desert sky, team cooking challenges have long been a popular feature of our race events and survival team building retreats.



We specialize in facilitated business team building, NOT recreational cooking events.

Important: Cooking Team Buiding vs Cooking Events: Spotting the Difference



The Importance of Innovation

One of the most effective techniques for innovation and outside the box thinking is to take the ideas and approaches from one craft and apply them to another. Becoming a top entrepreneur and a top chef require skills learned in the real world rather than school, what distinguishes winners from losers is grit and creativity....

Inc Magazine

Innovation and out-of-the-box thinking are important the success in chefs, restaurateurs, and business executives. It is the "secret" ingredient that distinguishes the celebrity chef from line cooks. It is also the hallmark of executives who guide innovative firms to make a mark internationally. Think Google and Facebook. Check out Forbes annual list of the world's most innovative firms and you'll find innovators at the helm.

Executive Oasis International is a management consulting firm that specializes in facilitated business team building simulations that foster innovation. We introduced outdoor cooking challenges into our survival business simulations over a decade ago. We team up with professional chefs around the world to offer cooking team building with culinary challenges.

In Toronto, facilitated cooking team building is available as a standalone business simulation. In other parts of Canada, Jamaica, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Singapore, and Malaysia, it can be an add-on to executive retreats.


Team Building

Our highly interactive cooking team building simulations include:

  • a briefing drawing parallels between working as a team to create a great meal and team effectiveness in a business environment
  • interactive cooking challenges in teams to prepare a FULL gourmet meal
  • a FULL debriefing to uncover how what lead to your success in the kitchen can enhance teamwork and boost performance at work
  • an upbeat interactive keynote to tie it all together



Cooking team building is an interactive and "fun" approach to:

  • Break down silos.
  • Encourge collaboration between team members.
  • Improve cross-functional teamwork and communication.
  • Reduce friction and "turf wars" between departments.
  • Help analytical and technical teams tap into their creativity.
  • Improve the ability of team members to produce results in a short time frame.



Very Important: We are team building & consulting firm, NOT a cooking school. We specialize in fully facilitated business team building simulations. Some of them involve cooking.



Anne organized cooking team building, a meeting, and dinner.... She totally nailed the venue choices, presented interesting options, and was instrumental in helping making the event a success. Anne brings unique event ideas and a professional approach to event planning.

Maurice Benatar, Vice President Business Development and Marketing, Mayhew

The facilitator was very interesting. Her comments were helpful to improve the way we work better as a team. It was a lot of fun.

Jeannette Heeralal, EMD Serono Canada, Toronto

It was a really great team building. Worked and collaborated together. Fun.

Avril Murray, Novo Nordisk Canada

I could not thing of a better way to work with my teammates! I couldn't see us being happier and having more fun at work! Plus the food was great!

Mirella Caporafe, Senior Reimbursement Specialist, EMD Serono Canada

Fantastic - lots of fun. Everything was great. Everyone had a great time getting to know each other.

Anu Holt, Reporting Analyst, Rogers Communication (Fido)












Cooking Team Buiding vs Cooking Events


Cooking Team Building Team Event

Full Business Simulation

Cooking Event Just for Fun


What we Do

What They Do


  • Learning style surveys
  • Participant profiles to identify:
    • business issues
    • team strengths
  • Full event planning (Available)



  • Executive Briefing to Set the Context
  • Team briefing by facilitator to link simulation to your business challenges



  • Facilitated:
    • exercises
    • brainstorming



Cooking team challenges

(3 course meal)

Cooking challenges

(Tapas or 3 course meal)


  • FULL Debriefing
  • Business Application Exercises (Optional)







Team Building









Featured Cooking Team Building Toronto

  • Cooking Team Building


    Team Building


    By popular demand from our clients, we have teamed up with chefs at featured destinations. We are pleased to bring you a number of cooking team building simulations that include interactive cooking challenges.

    Our core specialty is facilitated business team building. Our cooking team building programmes offer either:

    • briefing, interactive cooking challenges, and debriefing
    • briefing, interactive cooking challenges, debriefing, and business application exercises
    • briefing, marketing, shopping, and interactive cooking challenges, debriefing, and business application exercises


    Optional: observers to provide feedback re: team dynamics. Ther is an additional charge for this.

    Places Available: We offer cooking team building globally. We are most regularly in Canada, USA, Jamaica, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Singapore, Malaysia, and Germany. Switzerland, Italy and France have some excellent facilities for incorporating cooking into team building.

    We can create cooking team building simulations and put our spin on just about any reality TV cooking show from Chopped to Top Chefs to Iron Chef.

    Please note that to use the name of the show and replicate the exact concept, royalties must be paid to the producer. We will need to build these royalties into your budget and allow enough time for planning and approvals.

    Luxury Upgrades

  • Restaurant Inc.


    Team Building


    Length: 6 hours to 1 Day

    Available: All Year

    Location: Global

    Group Size: 12 - 200


    • Producing results within a tight timeframe.
    • Thriving in a fast-paced envirnoment.
    • Creativity


    Inspired by restaurant wars on reality TV cooking shows, teams will use a suite of brainstorming and planning tools to develop a concept, decor, and marketing strategy for a restaurant. A professional chef will guide them as they bring their signature dishes to life.

    Request Quote Re: Restaurant Inc. Toronto

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    For Charity

    Available: All Year

    Location: Global

    To give your team the rewarding experience of giving back to the community, use cooking team building to prepare meals for Second Harvest, Meals on Wheels, or a similar charity.

  • Chef's Table

    Cooking Team Building

    Available: All Year

    Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake

    Group Size: 15 - 28 Guests

    Pricing: $275 P.P. (Over 20 Guests)

    Pricing: $300 P.P. (15 - 20 Guests)

    Winery Tour: $15 P.P. extra

    Ever wonder what how teams of gourmet chefs work create culinary delights? Get a peek behind the scenes to learn valuable lessons about teamwork and collaboration that you can use in your own business. You'll enjoy a gourmet dinner with wine pairings and watch how everything unfolds. An interactive keynote will tie the entire experience together and highlight take-aways to enhance your effectiveness at work.

Global Gourmet

Inspired by restaurant wars on reality TV cooking shows, Gourmet Global is a new twist on cooking team building.

Each team leader selects a flag from a chef's hat. All teams work with the same protein but the seasoning and preparation style will reflect the culture of the country selected. Carbohydrates will vary.

Teams will decorate a table to reflect a restaurant from the country selected. They will prepare a brief presentation about their country. Teams will be judged on their cooking, teamwork, and presentations.

Request Quote Re: Global Gourmet Team Building Toronto


Length: 5 hours - 1 Day

Group Size: Mininum = 30

Available: All Year - Globally


  • Creativity.
  • Project execution.
  • Out of the Box Thinking
  • Cross-cultural Understanding



Team Building