January was an incredible month for us, so what better way to have ended it than by hosting the Amazon team!
Melina Alvarado was looking for the perfect San Diego cooking class for her human resource team and selected our signature Iron Chef team-building cooking challenge.
Twenty six of her team members flew in from all over the US and gathered at the Estancia hotel in La Jolla to kick off their customized team-building event. The evening began with the group enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and was followed by our event manager, Chelsea Carpenter, running through some fun icebreakers to split the group into teams.
Two teams were ultimately formed, and once head chefs and judges were selected, both sides got down to business and created several recipes at their stations using their secret ingredient. There was even a marketing component, where a few team members from each station were responsible for creating a 30-second infomercial to showcase their menu items. Equipped with poster board and an abundance of art supplies, each team created something very special.
In fact, these were some of the best infomercials Chef Jodi had ever witnessed. “The creativity, collaboration and inspiration that went into these infomercials was really remarkable!” she exclaimed. “This is the fun of a team building experience—watching the groups create something so unique together!”
Another important aspect of a team-building experience is the food, and Chef Jodi always adheres to her farm-to-table philosophy, providing only the freshest and most seasonal ingredients for all of her events. This event was no exception, and once the winning team was crowned, all participants dined on menu items, such as Carnitas and Chicken Asada Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce, Black Bean Salad, Ceviche made with locally sourced fresh fish, and Key Lime Shooters with a Citrus Salad, for dessert.
Many laughs were had throughout the evening and several of Amazon’s team members exclaimed what a fun and memorable San Diego team-building experience they had. John, from Seattle, told us, “hands-down, Lajollacooks4u’s Iron Chef Challenge was one of the best cooking experience I’ve had.” Another team member from Austin said, “You have built such an incredible company. I wish we had something like this in Austin!”
Thank you so much for joining us, Amazon! It was a pleasure hosting your team!