Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts Review

July 4, 2016
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As a Dallas Fitness Ambassador, I get to attend some cool events. Last Tuesday, I was invited to check out an event hosted by Sprouts at Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts in Plano.

The event

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Imagine walking in to a room with a beautiful dinner table set up and plenty of chairs around for your friends and family. You are greeted with wine and think you are going to be watching a cooking demonstration. Now, imagine your surprise when you find out you will actually be participating in a cooking competition at one of the four fully stocked, beautiful kitchens.

Those of you who know me know I am competitive. I like to win. Had I known I was walking in to a competition, I would have prepared. However, I didn’t, so it was time to think on the fly. This was such an adrenaline rush and great team-building exercise.

Cooking Concepts: What is it?

love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger dallas fitness ambassadors PinterestCooking concepts is a multi-use cooking facility owned and operated by celebrity chef Tre Wilcox. You may have seen him on Iron Chef and Top Chef. Now, he is a single dad that vowed not to work in another kitchen. This is his compromise. Cooking concepts offers culinary team building, cooking classes, event space for parties, catering, and more.

Cooking competition

Cooking conceptsTre introduced himself and explained the rules of the challenge to us. We would work as a team to create two dishes in 45 minutes. Both dishes had to include the following 4 ingredients: black beans, crackers, marinara sauce, and balsamic. All of the other ingredients would be in a community pile at the front of the room.

Our team had 5 minutes to plan our two dishes and get to work. My team was brilliant and from different backgrounds which really helped when we put our dishes together.

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We got to work, each one of us doing something to contribute to the overall dishes. Tre and his team would come by and give us helpful hints and tricks as we were cooking, which was wonderful and intimidating at the same time.

Our first dish, and (spoiler) one of the favorites of the judges was a crusted chicken topped with a marinara, black bean purée (and a hint of balsamic) with lemon asparagus. We used the crackers as a breading.

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The next dish was a Mexican shrimp salad with a balsamic, lemon vinaigrette (and a hint of marinara).  Isn’t it pretty?

When the time was up, we had to explain our dishes to the judges and group. The judges taste-tested each dish and deliberated while we grabbed food from the delicious buffet (unfortunately, I missed out on most of the food since I was still eating vegan at the time but everyone raved about how great everything was).


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Of course, dinner isn’t complete without dessert.

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The results

After dinner, Tre announced each team’s position, starting with 4th place. He gave each team suggestions for improvements as well as highlight the things that worked.

Our team was awarded second place! We lost by 1/2 a point. Our chicken marinara was delicious, but our shrimp was under cooked on our salad which cost us major points.

Team BEET with our dishes

The winning team, which included fellow DFA member Brandy, was awarded a Cooking Concepts gift card and the honor of having the two best dishes of the night.

Winning dishes

Winning dishes

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Winning team


I love this idea!! This is a great team building event for any workplace, group, or school. Cooking concepts would also make a fun, unique birthday or bachelorette party idea too! Private and couple cooking classes are also available, so contact Cooking Concepts here to read more about what all they offer.

DFA bloggers with Tre


We got to hear a presentation from Robin Plotkin, health blogger for Dallas Morning News, about hydration. It was great because I realized I hit the nail on the head with many of her points on my summer hydration post a few weeks ago.

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Thank you Cooking Concepts for hosting us and thank you to Sprouts for providing the lovely gift bags.

Local DFW bloggers at Cooking Concepts

To see more photos from this event from myself and other bloggers, check out #SproutsFoodChallenge on Instagram!

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What would you like to do at Cooking Concepts? Is there an event you would like to have here? Leave me a comment below!

  • Julie July 5, 2016 at 7:36 am

    This looks like so much fun!

    • Jessica July 14, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      It was a blast! I can’ wait to do it again. 🙂

  • Kati July 5, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I’d be interested in doing this with my work team. I’ve sent a link to this blog post for my boss to read. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Jessica July 14, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Of course! I hope you get to do it. It was so much fun! 🙂

  • Audrey July 14, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    After reading your fabulous post, I contacted Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts through the form on their website to inquire about hosting a birthday party. Tre himself called me! He went over everything; I am so impressed! I mentioned that I found out about him through this blog! Thanks for the inspiration!