Cooking classes have many advantages and are a great way to learn new cooking recipes and skills. Every cooking class is different depending on the school and organization of the class. In this article, we share some considerations before joining a class to help you choose the most suitable cooking class that suits your needs.
Cooking Class Styles
Cooking classes can be organized by schools or at the instructor’s homes. Classes conducted at the teacher’s house tends to be more personal and flexible. On the other hand, cooking school classes tend to be more structured and organized. Depending on your preference and what you hope to achieve, this could be a potential consideration when choosing to join a cooking class.
Day & Time
In addition to the location, other class style considerations include the day and time of the course: Weekend courses are usually higher in demand and tend to be more packed, which leads to our next point, size of the class.
If you prefer having more personal guidance with the instructor, it is advisable to check the size of the class. In a smaller class size, the instructor is likely more able to check in with each attendee personally. For larger class sizes, the instructor may not be able to personally check in on each individual due to time constraints. However, some schools might have kitchen assistants around the class that could provide you with assistance. You are advised to check with the class organizer if you are looking to have personal assistance in a larger class.
Length of Class Time
The length of the class also gives a good gauge of how much of the preparation will be pre-prepared. This is an important consideration especially if you are looking to also experience the pre-preparation aspect such as choosing ingredients. In some overseas cooking classes, they may even include a visit to the market to teach you how to choose ingredients. You may also want to take not of this to avoid clashes in your schedule especially if you are a busy person.
Other things to consider to your preferences include the price of the class. This is highly depended on your personal budget. Some cooking classes may be more expensive depending on what they are teaching and what is included in the lesson. You are advised to do your research on what the class will offer and if it is what you are looking for to avoid disappointment. For example, if you are seeking a totally hands-on class focusing on technique and how to cook a dish, avoid paying for a class where they include ingredient sourcing at a market as that may incur additional costs.
To get a better understanding of the course, it is a good idea to read past reviews of the program and instructor to help you have a better understanding on whether a class is suitable for you. It could also give you insights to the aforementioned factors that could help you make better decisions on whether to join a cooking class.