Executive Oasis International - Cooking Team Building: Restaurant Inc.

Cooking Team Building, Toronto - Restaurant Inc.

Facilitated Cooking Team Building Simulation
in Toronto & the GTA


This highly engaging intearctive team building simulation incorporates cooking, shopping, and marketing challenges into our Inc. Inc.: Breaking Down Silos business simulation.



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

Important: Team Building vs Team Recreation: Here is the difference



The Importance of Innovation

Much like pairing foods, great cooks and great entrepreneurs alike understand that you need to partner with a team of specialists to succeed. It takes a certain creative edge to create something new, and in our modern age, new sells.

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According to Entrepreneur Magazine, "60% of restaurants fail, within the first year". Restaurant owners that succeed and go on to achieve celebrity status must know as much about business, branding. and marketing as they know about cooking. That is the premise behind Restaurant Inc., our powerful business simulation that incorporate cooking, business, and marketing challenges.

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.


Cooking Team Building, Toronto

In Restaurant Inc. your team will be introduced to a toolkit to improve brainstorming, creativity and analysis. Then, you will be assigned the task of coming up with a concept and theme for a new restaurant. You'll come up with the design, shop for props, and decorate a table to reflect theme of the restaurant.

The cooking challenge will consist of preparing presentation plates of the signature dishes for your restaurant. Team will be judged on the design concept, presentation, TV commercial (or print ad), and taste.

As a bonus, you can invite other employees to arrive in time to enjoy the meal. Participants in the simulation will get the experience of serving customers. The employees who play the role of customers will gain insight into how service impacts their clients. In this way, even if the team participating in the simulation is small, you can have a larger group size and, in effect, 2 programmes in 1. A team meeting can take place after the debriefing.

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.


Our highly interactive cooking team building simulations include:

Team Building


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



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


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


Very different and unqiue. A different kind of team building but good team building practices. Excellent team building ....

Doug Wyatt, Director, Novo Nordisk Canada

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 ambiance was great and the facilitator was helpful and her comments were positive yet constructive.

Julie Morgan, EMD Serono Canada

It was fun and reasonably fast paced. Good for meeting others within my organization. It was also comfortable and relaxing.

Pierre Steitlik, Sales, Mayhew and Associates





Cooking Team Buiding vs Cooking Events


Team Building Phases


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What we Do

What They Do


  • Learning style surveys
  • Participant profiles to identify:
    • business issues
    • team strengths
  • Information About Allergies & Dietary Needs
  • Full event planning (Available)
  • Collect Information About Allergies & Dietary Needs


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



Your team will come up with a theme for a restaurant, decor ideas, and a menu. You will have an opportunity to meet with a professional chef to obtain feedback and receive coaching. If you have time, you can start developing your TV commercial or print ad.

  • Facilitated:
    • exercises
    • brainstorming



  • Marketing Challenge
  • Menu Planning
  • Decor Shopping Challenge
  • Decor Challenge
  • Cooking Challenges
    (3 course meal)

Cooking challenges

(Tapas or 3 course meal)


  • FULL Debriefing
  • Business Application Exercises (Optional)







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Restaurant Inc. Cooking Team Building Simulation

  • Restaurant Inc.

    • Length: 1 - 1 1/2 Days
    • Available: All Year
    • Group Size: 6 - 100+
    • Pricing: Varies with group size & location
    • Locations: Canada, USA, Europe, Jamaica, Japan, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman.

    Available as a stand-alone in Ontario and as an upgrade to team building or executive retreats in other areas.

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  • Inspired by "restaurant wars" on reality TV shows, this highly interactive cooking team building programme involves team members in:

    Cooking Team Building

    • designing the theme and menus for a new restaurant.
    • creating a marketing campaign including a TV commercial to promote it.
    • shopping challenge (optional).
    • decorating a table and, if you like, corner of the restaurant to reflect your theme.
    • cooking signature dishes to reflect your theme.
    • designing presentation plates for judging.
    • relaxing and dining with colleagues over a full meal


    Your team will have fun and pick up valuable insights about working together through a briefing, debriefing, and interactive keynote provided by a professional facilitator.

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  • 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.

  • Gourmet Global

    Cooking Team Building

    Length: 6 hours - 1 Day

    Group Size: Flexible

    Available: All Year - Globally


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


    • Break down silos.
    • Reduce friction and "turf wars" between departments.
    • Improves communication between geographically dispersed teams
    • Increases level of comfort in a fast-paced environment
    • Promote multi-cultural awareness.
    • Help analytical and technical teams connect with their creativity.

    Ideal for multi-cultural teams.

    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.