Work Christmas Party Ideas

CODE: PPX216  |  Class Size: 8-40  |  Skill Level: All  |  Ages: 16+ years old 4 Hours  |  Melbourne START BOOKING NOW


Looking for Christmas Party Ideas? Finding ideas for work Christmas party ideas in Melbourne is no mean feat, so we've taken the pain out of it by compiling this handy food experiences of the best and fun work xmas party in Melbourne.


For a totally unique work Christmas party idea, Otao Kitchen Cooking School is your perfect venue for team building, corporate outing and client entertainment. The fun begins with champagne, beer or non alcoholic refreshment to get everyone in the mood. Working in our well set up kitchen studio with our fun and professional chefs, you will learn fundamentals with cooking of Asian fresh ingredients and flavours. You will be cooking a delicious, healthy and authentic 4-6 Asian dishes to share with your team.

We will do everything else so you can focus on learning Asian cooking tips, tricks and technique. We are sure to keep you entertain so you can have fun with cooking, sharing and eating bonding experience with your team member. You are invited to choose a menu with suit all dietary request and a theme from social, amazing race, street food, work party to food truck. There are add-ons such as cocktail party or market tour to make the time longer.

We bring you  unique and special food events. Christmas is our favourite time of the year! Christmas presents a unique opportunity for your hospitality for you to impress your clients and your team with Christmas Team Building events. To make this simple - you have different menus - Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indonesian, Indian, Chinese and more to choose from and different formate from social cook off, team challenges or competition. 

Why not treat your taste buds this festive period with a delicious Asian cooking? Join us for an indulgent session creating  Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indonesian, Indian, Chinese and more in a truly festive experience. With the chance to create two of your own cocktails to wash the treats down and order a apron or gift, could this event get any better?

Something different for you this year could be a themed event in the great outdoors. Escape the office with our exciting market tours such as Queen Victoria Market or Victoria Street Richmond, your guests will return to our cooking school with fresh new ideas for their dishes.

Want to add another dimension to your Christmas Party Event with a keynote speaker? We can organise topics as varied as Leadership, Work Life Balance, Greening Your Business, Best Practices and Other Sales, HR, Marketing and Executive Teams for even more business benefits.

We also have direct access to a range of speakers and celebrity chefs, who can inspire and encourage your team to reach new heights on topics from personal motivation, business growth, Melbourne favourite sport, health and wellness, and economics, futurism and more.

We can also organise branded aprons, chef knives, chef jackets and even photo shoots for all your chefs at work, so ask us now.


Now's the time of year that you are looking for booking that your special Xmas party. For any small and medium workplace keen to do something alternative, participative, unusual, affordable and more interesting that your average turkey lunch, we've got ideas for you. 



For things to do in Melbourne, you can't get more immersed in food culture than the Dumplings Party. Learning to make dumplings is a true culinary escapade, both inside and outside of the Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese  popular cultures.  Beginning  with making the perfect dough then learn how to shape  your best dumplings, get inspiration for composing your gourmet Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese menus.

  • Complimentary rice paper rolls
  • Choice of Pork, Chicken, Prawn Dumplings or Vegetarian Dumpling
  • Steamed rice dumplings in banana leaf
  • Fruits and drink

*Gluten free dumplings available


Explore Vietnamese heritage and traditional cooking with many dishes with fresh herbs, vegetables and choice of meats and seafood dishes to cook and share. Great with “pick and choose” or substitutes what each person wants to eat. Definitely choice for cooking party with dietary (gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian…) friendly, and healthy choice.

  • Chả giò - Spring rolls - Vegetarian or Pork or Chicken 
  • Goi Cuon – Fresh Rice  Paper Rolls,  Nuoc Cham - Fish sauce dip
  • Cha Tom - Sugar Cane Prawn
  • Bo La Lot - Beef in betel leaf
  • Hoanh Thanh - Wontons
  • Banh xeo - Saigon pancake and stuffings
  • Bun Thit Nuong - Pork and Vermicelli Salad
  • Chè Trôi Nước – Sweet Glutinous Rice Dumplings. 



Unique and sophisticated, Japan is a country of binaries. It works beautifully both the traditional and ultra-modern, and hosts buzzing cities alongside stunning natural landscapes. Japanese food is notoriously nutritious, with a diet based around fresh fish, soy, fermented produce. Please note some of the Japanese dishes has ready-made produce and quite often we can’t substitute for other ingredients well - gluten, soy and fish are prominent on the menu.

  • Cup of Miso Soup 
  • Goya Dumplings pork and ginger filling
  • Sushi Makings with pickles, fish, meats
  • Okonomiyaki Japanese pancake
  • Daikon Salad with sesame dressing
  • Ramen Noodle, Pork and Broth
  • Japanese teriyaki (Chicken, Beef Or Seafood) with Rice
  • DaikonSalad with sesame dressing


Great cooking party with fresh herbs, vegetables and choice of meats and seafood dishes. Most dishes will have elements i.e fresh herbs, fish sauce, shrimp paste, curry paste, coconut cream, rice, chilli spices. Though Thai cuisine is brilliantly complex tasting and known for its amazing balance of sour, sweet, bitter and salty it’s actually easy to make. Great choice for cooking party wanting to share dishes – for example large green chicken curry or spicy Thai salad!

  • Curry Making + Thai Dipping Sauce
  • Fish Cakes, Bean and Lime Leaf  
  • Green Chicken Curry, Bean, Eggplant
  • Tom Yum Goong - Spicy shrimp soup or chicken
  • Thai Salad - vegetarian or w/ beef
  • Festive Rice + Duck Curry 
  • Candied bananas (kluay naam waa cheuam)


  • Our Private and Corporate Cooking Events are 2-4 hour in length. We begin with complimentary refresher while guests are arriving. Next, we prep for for over hour or so. Then we together cook all the dishes. Finally you and your guests can enjoy new flavours, exotic ingredients, cooking, drinking, eating and sharing your creations around a large kitchen table.
  • We handle all arrangements so you and your guests can enjoy the bonding time together. Beyond a one stop activity spot, we really pride ourselves on the fact that our cooking experiences truly bring people together in a unique way, smelling, feeling, slicing, dicing, rolling and panfrying.
  • We are not ordinary cooking class, there is no recipes or slide show or lecturing, we are a playful arena where you and your guests can build connections, make great memories and as well healthy and freshly made foods.
  • If you have market or walking tour – the tour can be done before or after classes. 
  • Post party venue  – The National Hotel, located on Richmond’s bustling Victoria Street, is a place for locals and far-flung travellers to come together in a community-minded space, where the staff are always proud to serve and the atmosphere is heady with good vibes.



  • Cooking Party often creates beautiful memories and we like to learn while doing. This is a hands on cooking party event, every times your party made something, they will eat and then start another dish. It is great way to learn in  our 3-4 hours cooking class. You will make 4-5 dishes.
  • You KNOW your group well and how much stories they want to share and bonding time, we don't recommend longer than the duration we proposed as you will have great party with people wanting for more!


  • It is the best value for activity, entertainment, food and wine package in town! The price includes: all foods for cooking and plenty to cook and eat, refresher drink, local Yarra Burn sparkling wine or equivalent, cooking activity, private venue-indoor and outdoor, brilliant chef instructor. 
  • Cooking party is great way for your party to have a memorable night of fun and laughter and learn some cooking tips and tricks. Please note your participants would have plenty of foods so you don't have to book lunch or dinner!


  • You can book by contacting chef Ha 0408 217 899 or In order to secure your booking you will need to pay
  • Pay 4 ticket or 25% deposit. This deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE for cancellations with less than 21 days’ notice. 
  • A booking with deposit is required for securing the date/time. If you cancel the date/time without booking a new date/time, a fee of $25 pp will apply. 
  • Full payment is required 7 days before the event date.


  • There is no minimum number of participants as we can organise 2-60+ people, however there is a minimum charge 8 person. Generally the maximum group size is 20 pp. If you have a larger group, then contact us to discuss other possible arrangements.
  • If you have 8 or less people, you may be able to join our weekly classes, please call to discuss.


  • Bookings essential and classes run by request. However, Saturday nights are by far the most popular day, so book early to avoid disappointment. 
  • We are working toward a meal so we recommend start time for Lunch 10am Early Dinner 3pm or Later Diner 6pm. 
  • Please note to avoid late you as the organiser will need to get the hens come on time. Meet for pre-event drink at the National Bar – few doors from us see here


  • We are available for private events, public cooking classes, Christmas parties, hens party, birthdays, office parties, team-building workshops, anniversaries… any celebration and party excuse will do.


  • Yes we can do that by arrangement. It is your responsibility to arrange for drop off or collection during our normal operating hours email


  • 15+ or person is higher than the standard kitchen bench


  • 95% of our clients tell us that they “don’t cook well”. Everyone will have a great time cooking and learning!


  • It is private event. If the participant has no problem with this, neither do we. We don’t have kid facility but if the mother and her friends can look after them for the duration of the class. Great for day cooking class but not recommend for night cooking class.


  • Boys are welcome. As well as uncle and aunt, father and mother, father and mother in law, partners, sisters, work mates... will have a ball! 

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