Toronto Venue to host a Cook-off?
This is a bit of an odd request, but I've been charged to plan a holiday-esque event for the company I just started working for. So, obviously, I want to do a good job. They want something competitive and fun and something that promotes team building. One of the ideas I came up with was a cook-off. You have a recipe card, your ingredients and go at it! Prizes can be awarded for the most creative, the biggest mess, etc. The thing is though, we need a venue. So, I turn to you Chowhounders...any ideas on where we could find a place to suit our needs? It's going to be a medium-sized group of 30-50 people. The cheaper the better, since we do have a budget limit.
We're looking at mid-December for the event.
(Edited for clarity...it's been a REALLY long day)
No worries! I still think that's close, but you never know....
It would have to be a cooking school environment as mentioned, which means Cooks on Eight, Calphalon, etc. They are not cheap though. I could be wrong, but I don't think that George Brown would do it on such short notice.
the only thing I can think of would be a cooking school but that is a large group and I do not know if they would want something like that in their class room (biggest mess?) and probabbly the cost would be high...
an organization i worked with had iron chef type events but it only involved two teams, so i can't say if the size is appropriate, but they did use george brown and nella cucina before with great results.
the room at calphalon may be more to your liking since there are several stations in one room.
We had a group event at Richmond Hill Culinary Arts Centre last year. The size of the group was about 25. We were there for the whole afternoon. We cooked our own 3-course meal with the help of the chef, separated into 2 groups to have a cooking competition (3 people represents each team) by using squid, and had a sit-down dinner. We brought in our own wine. I'm not quite sure whether the place could accommodate 30-50 people. I would suggest you to give them a call to find out.
Richmond Hill Culinary Arts Centre
1550 16th Avenue
Richmond Hill, ON
Looks like that Seneca Brown College now has the partnership with Richmond Hill Culinary Arts Centre. This is news to me.