10 East Bridge St NE, Rockford, MI 49341 – (616) 951-1336

Working together in the kitchen is one of the most powerful, memory-creating experiences that a group of people can have. We all know that food and drinks bring people together, but with a culinary experience, whether you are a group of coworkers, friends, family or neighbors, you can take it one step further.

Culinary Team Building

Preparing a meal together in our kitchen is a fun, engaging way to practice all of the important things teams do together in the workplace: decision making, problem-solving, collaborating, innovating, giving and receiving help from one another.

We’ve cooked up some fun, engaging and of course, delicious experiences in our kitchen! Gather your team members and join us for one of these flavorful team-building exercises – or get inspired and create your own!

Food Factor

Your team members use all of their senses as we put them through a series of challenges to determine who has the most refined palate.

  • What’s That Meat? – Can you figure out what a food is by only touching it?
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit – How many foods can you identify by smell?
  • Tastes Like Chicken – Blind taste testing, how many things really do taste like chicken?
  • The Eyes Have It – Can you identify something after it’s been chopped, mashed, or blended?

Reverse Engineering

Teams are presented with a finished dish and a blank recipe card. Working together, team members deduce the ingredients of the dish and then recreate it in the kitchen to see how close they can get to the original.


Teams are presented with quirky ingredients that they turn into delicious appetizers for their teammates. Work your way through 3 timed rounds to see who can turn out the best and most creative appetizers.

Iron Chef Challenge

A secret ingredient is revealed to get teams started, then it’s all about creativity. Work against the clock as you prepare a multi-course meal using anything and everything you can find in the kitchen. The team with the best meal at the end wins!

Pictionary Kitchen

Teams are presented with a series of pictures that they must organize into a visual recipe before they enter the kitchen to create a team meal for everyone to enjoy.

Cutthroat Kitchen

Do you have some competitive people in your company? Join us for our version of the popular TV  show as teams square off against one another in a culinary showdown. But beware the sabotages…

Discover the Benefits of a Culinary Team Building experience.

What kind of creative culinary event can we design for your team?


Culinary Learning Workshops for Teams

Thought Design’s Culinary Learning Workshops for Teams teaches your team critical lessons in team building, synergy, communication and change management in a series of brain science-based learning sessions and discussions.

These two-part workshops start in our Learning Lab, with thought-provoking learning and hands-on exercises, then move into our Culinary Studio, where this new knowledge will be put to use to overcome various collaborative kitchen challenges. Each workshop culminates with a meal, dessert and debrief that applies the meaningful session material to a relevant, and delicious scenario.

Private Cooking Events

Grab a bunch of your friends, colleagues or neighbors and join us for a private cooking event!

We custom create the experience that best fits your group’s taste, everything from pasta-making classes to three-course meals to hand-made chocolate desserts. Or turn one of our team building experiences into a creative cooking competition – friendly, of course!

Our private cooking events are perfect for a girls night out, after-work gathering or couples outing. What’s a better way to spend your time than creating and enjoying a beautiful meal together, while learning something new?

Upcoming Cooking Classes

Creating something delicious in the kitchen is a fun way to expand and challenge your brain to learn something new.

Whether you’re looking for a fun outing to do with friends, or just want to try something new, a cooking class at Thought Design is the perfect experience. Our public cooking classes are suited for beginners and those experienced in the kitchen. Everyone leaves with a satisfied palette, an empowered brain, and new friends.


Undercover Chinese Cooking Class

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Undercover Chinese   Sick of stir-fried whatever that is and egg rolls..? Chef Justin is going to show you his favorite Chinese recipes that you’re not going to find at … Continued



Chef Justin's Sashimi Showdown

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Chef Justin’s Sashimi Showdown   Do you think that raw fish is only served rolled up with rice?….think again as we take sushi to the next level! Do you have … Continued



Cooking Class: All Up in Your Grille

6:00pm - 8:00pm

All Up in Your Grille   Want to be the star of the neighborhood block party? Join us for a fun night where everything is coming hot off the grille! … Continued



Cooking Class: Vegetarians Need Love, Too

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Vegetarians need love, too   There is some amazing produce available at this time of year so join us in the Thought Design kitchen for a delicious vegetarian meal prepared … Continued



Cooking Class: Kick the Kids to the Curb

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Kick the Kids to the Curb   DATE NIGHT! It’s time to enjoy one last night together before the summer is over, so send the kids to somebody else’s house … Continued


Where the magic happens…

Our Culinary Learning workshops and events take place in our state-of-the-art Culinary Studio in Rockford, MI.