Competitive culinary events are a featured item on many teambuilding menus these days, and Vermont’s Essex Resort and Spa, located near Burlington, has a full bill of fare for those who like a friendly food fight served on the side with their meal.

The Essex, which even carries the tag line “Vermont’s Culinary Resort,” has certainly got a lot cooking up in the kitchen for groups—competitive and otherwise. Options include the following:

Iron Chef Challenges (for 16-40), featuring the participation of one or more of its acclaimed chefs, broken up into Mystery Basket Challenge, Stationed Iron Chef Challenge and Themed Menu Challenge options.

The Essex Trivia Challenge (for 10-100), where teams complete five rounds of culinary trivia tests, including blind tastings, food identification and puzzles.

Cooking for a Cause (for 2-20), a teambuilding/social gathering hybrid led by one of the resort’s chefs and during which groups prepare a meal for predetermined charities.

Private cooking classes (for 2-12), during which participants work with the culinary staff to create a three-course meal that they will sit down and enjoy together.

Semi-hands-on cooking classes (for 2-50), in which attendees observe the resort’s chef prepare a seasonal dish and then get a chance to make and taste a portion of the result.

Cooking demonstrations (for 2-200), where resort chefs demonstrate and then serve up a meal.

The resort is surrounded by 5,000 acres of forest and offers 20,750 square feet of on-site meeting space and 14 meeting rooms, with the 81,000-square-foot Champlain Valley Exposition Center about five minutes away via shuttle service.

www.essexresortspa.com