Executive Oasis

Cooking Team Building: Restaurant Inc. by Executive Oasis International, Toronto

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The Importance of Innovation

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.

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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.



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

    • 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.

    Global Gourmet Restaurant

    Global Gourmet

    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.

    COVID-19 Protocols

    During COVID-19, our cooking team building simulations can be conducted virtually or without the hands-on cooking components.

    All participants must:

    • wear masks and gloves
    • wash their hands regularly
    • social distance

    A team of chefs or caterers will bring the team’s creations to life.

    Given the market uncertainties, companies relying on conventional wisdom may discover that the world they knew and want to recreate is no longer there…the way in which leaders created plans and playbooks in the past may no longer be relevant…

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    What our Clients Say About Us

    Inc. Inc.

    Maurice Benatar, Vice President Business Development & Marketing, Mayhew (Toronto)

    Anne organized a cooking event, 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 & Marketing, Mayhew (Toronto)

    Doug Wyatt, Director, Novo Nordisk Canada

    Very different and unique. A different kind of team building … Excellent team building.

    Doug Wyatt
    Director, Novo Nordisk Canada

    Julie Morgan, EMD Serono Canada

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

    Julie Morgan
    EMD Serono Canada

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