Team Building Cooking Classes

Can your team stand the heat of the kitchen?

Take your staff out of the office and into the kitchen for some creative team-building and staff motivation while cooking up a storm, having a laugh and enjoying fantastic food and beverages. Whether novice cooks or budding master chefs, your team will love adding to their culinary repertoire and then feasting on the results.

O Catering offers team-building cooking classes at Cafe O in Grey Lynn, the perfect venue for interactive cooking in the late afternoon and evening.

The O Catering team will split you into teams to cook different courses of the meal. Depending on how competitive your team is, we can even turn the event into a competition complete with official judging. Workstations are set up for each team, with all ingredients and equipment provided. The O Catering team do all your washing up, direct you as you cook and keep you motivated and entertained with funky tunes playing in the background.

Choose a format for your team-building event from O Cocktail Class, O Wine & Dine or O Cocktails & Finger Food or let us create a bespoke team-building event for you around a specific theme or occasion, such as your annual staff Christmas party.

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Meet the O Team who will make your team-building cooking class an event to remember:

John Oyagawa, Chef

A culinary expert, John has wined and dined the rich and famous from all over the world. He lives for food, especially the fresh, healthy flavours of the Pacific where he grew up. You’ll find his passion for cooking almost as addictive as his hors-d’oeuvres.

Karen Scott, Your Host

With her attention to detail and strong customer focus, Karen is passionate about creating a dynamic, fun-filled event for your team. Karen’s “can do” attitude and effervescent personality will ensure your cooking class is a highlight of your team’s social calendar.

Luke Smith, Mixologist

Luke brings an entertainment factor to bartending not seen since the 1980’s film Cocktail starring Tom Cruise. He is an energetic and passionate mixologist who enjoys concocting in a freestyle manner as well as mixing the classics. Luke is friendly, professional and committed to making every team-building event a success.

John Oyagawa

Karen Scott

Luke Smith

Here’s what some of our team building cooking class clients have to say about us:

“Our team of 12 was looking for a new and fun team building activity. We found your cooking classes online and thought it would be a great challenge for the team. We split into teams and competed to provide the best entree, main or dessert. The venue for this was ideal, a large kitchen area and dining area to eat at after completing the challenge.
John provided great support and tips for each team while we made our various creations. Overall everyone really enjoyed the cooking class and it is a great way to get to know others in an informal setting.”

Nichola MaherNorthland Events Coordinator, Fonterra

“Each year we try to do something different to celebrate our company’s birthday. Last year, being our 15th, I was struggling to find something we hadn’t done before. And then I discovered that John and Café O run Team Building Cooking Classes. My staff reckoned it was our best birthday celebration ever – better than quad biking, visiting Spookers, the car rally etc. And from my perspective, it had not only the benefit of cooking lessons, but it was also a great team building exercise.
The food was fabulous – in fact most of us have been using the recipes since. I’ve cooked them for Christmas lunch, as well as when entertaining guests. We had great fun – and had some fun prizes, such as the Gordon Ramsay Award, as well the serious ones for the best overall cooks. I can’t recommend enough the benefits of the evening: hilarious fun, increasing our chef-ing skills, and developing stronger team relationships.”

Ngaire ReidReid Research

O Cocktail Class

A perfect prelude to O Wine & Dine, O Cocktail Class is a master class in mixology. Enjoy a fun-filled demonstration of how to concoct a selection of cocktails chosen in advance from the O Cocktail Class Menu. Then roll up you sleeves and create these mouth-watering beverages yourself.

O Wine & Dine

A fantastic event on its own or teamed with O Cocktail Class, O Wine & Dine involves cooking up a three course meal selected from the O Wine & Dine Menu below under the watchful eye of our experienced chef. Once the meal is prepared, it’s time to relax and enjoy your feast and a selection of great wine whilst seated at a beautifully decorated table.

O Cocktails & Finger Food

The perfect prelude to a night out. With fancy finger food and cocktails to match, this class is great for groups who like to party. Enjoy a fun-filled demonstration of how to concoct a selection of cocktails and finger food chosen in advance from the O Cocktail Class Menu and the O Finger Food Menu. Then roll up your sleeves and create these mouth-watering morsels and beverages yourself.