Find Your Inner Chef

I am one hell of a cook…in my dreams.  Seriously, I make a mean omelet, grilled cheese, and tofu stir fry, but aside from those notable leftover midnight concoctions from my bachelor days, I am pretty much incompetent in the kitchen.  In fact, I routinely burn water!

My wife, Kimberly, is an excellent cook.  About 4 years ago (when she was pregnant with our son and had some time on her hands), we became fans of the cooking competition show Top Chef on the Bravo network.  Never mind that we now watch Man vs. Food, Iron Chef, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, Top Chef Masters, and a few other random programs–Top Chef became our only must-watch program during the week.

Kimberly watches for the incredible creativity and mostly superior technique, and the show’s many wonderful chefs have proved to be excellent muses for her throughout the last 4 years.  Lucky me!  I watch for the competition, the passion, and the interpersonal drama that one can only find in the best (and very worst) of reality TV.  Ironically, I am a vegetarian, yet I can root for the heartiest pork and fish dishes.  They even look tasty to me a full 15 years after my last bite of flesh!

At City Beach, we have developed a multitude of super-cool team building activities.  My absolute favorite, of course, is called “Extreme Chef.” The experience is equal parts teamwork, creativity, and culinary gymnastics.  The video on our site tells a good part of the story, but you really have to see it to believe it.  Suffice to say, no one leaves hungry or disappointed!  The Extreme Chef program is limited to our Fremont location, and while you don’t have to be a good cook to participate, it helps to watch a little Top Chef before you come in as preparation.  Just don’t touch that hot stove (insert legal disclaimer here!)


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