The perfect recipe for organising cooking classes

The perfect recipe for organising cooking classes

Do you enjoy spend­ing time in the kitchen prepar­ing good food for your friends and fam­i­ly? It may be inter­est­ing for you to organ­ise class­es for bud­ding cooks who want to learn how to pre­pare recipes like chefs. By fol­low­ing these few tips, you can become a cook­ing tutor and teach your stu­dents your best recipes and tips.

Con­tents

  1. Become a cook­ing expert
  2. Think about your course offer­ing
  3. Cre­ate the per­fect les­son plan
  4. Launch your cook­ing class­es

1. Become a cooking expert

Good things come to those who wait… and you must be an expe­ri­enced cook before you start teach­ing. How­ev­er, you don’t need to have a Miche­lin star or even a degree from culi­nary school to be allowed to teach class­es. If your cours­es are aimed at indi­vid­u­als, you are not required to have spe­cif­ic qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Keep in mind, how­ev­er, that it takes sev­er­al years of expe­ri­ence to be able to pass on your skills. You would­n’t think of teach­ing some­one to dri­ve if you did­n’t know how to dri­ve a car your­self. The same goes for cook­ing.

Before you get start­ed, train as much as you can and make sure you mas­ter all the tech­niques of a good cook. Know­ing how to cut with the right knives, how to use the right uten­sils, and what veg­eta­bles are in sea­son are the basics you should know by heart. Give your friends and fam­i­ly the oppor­tu­ni­ty to be the first to learn from you. Their feed­back will help you to improve your recipes and teach­ing skills.

2. Think about your course offering

Would you pre­fer to give cook­ing class­es with­out a spe­cif­ic theme, or on the con­trary focus on region­al spe­cial­i­ties or par­tic­u­lar tech­niques? There are three main types of cook­ing cours­es.

“General” cooking classes

As the name sug­gests, these class­es focus on cook­ing in gen­er­al. They can there­fore include the fol­low­ing themes: how not to waste, using basic ingre­di­ents, cook­ing with left­overs you have in your fridge, teach­ing chil­dren new flavours, etc. They are intend­ed for begin­ners so your approach should be very edu­ca­tion­al.

Technical cooking classes

These class­es are intend­ed for more expe­ri­enced stu­dents. They will want to learn tech­niques such as cut­ting a chick­en or salmon, or prepar­ing inter­me­di­ate-lev­el dish­es such as canelés, sushi, cus­tard, etc.

Advanced cooking classes

The objec­tive of these class­es is to teach stu­dents how to pre­pare ingre­di­ents for com­plex dish­es: pies, pael­la, coq-au-vin, etc. Learn­ing time man­age­ment and advanced skills are key here.

What­ev­er type of class you choose, you must stand out from the exist­ing offer around you. It may be tempt­ing to offer class­es on a very orig­i­nal theme, but if your neigh­bour already organ­is­es some on that spe­cif­ic theme, yours will not gen­er­ate much inter­est. So, be sure to check what type of class­es are on offer close to you.

3. Create the perfect lesson plan

Like all oth­er cours­es, a cook­ing course must be care­ful­ly planned. You must also decide what are the spe­cif­ic objec­tives of each les­son. There­fore, you should con­sid­er the fol­low­ing ele­ments:

The duration of the lessons

Be care­ful not to bur­den your stu­dents with a mass of use­less infor­ma­tion. They either won’t remem­ber all of it, or they’ll get bored… or both.

The location of your classes

At home, in a restau­rant, or at your student’s house? No mat­ter where you choose to teach, make sure you meet the same health and safe­ty stan­dards as a restau­rant. If your stu­dents get sick after eat­ing their food, it may spell the end of your class­es.

The objectives to be achieved

What will your stu­dents have learned at the end of your class? Set achiev­able goals based on their lev­el and the time avail­able for each les­son.

What you need to cook

Uten­sils, pro­duce, herbs, spices, etc. Make sure you do not for­get any nec­es­sary ingre­di­ents or equip­ment for your stu­dents’ learn­ing expe­ri­ence.

The recipe

You’ve thought about it, haven’t you?

Keep these five ele­ments on a dig­i­tal or paper doc­u­ment so that your cook­ing lessons have a clear and pre­cise struc­ture.

4. Launch your cooking classes

You are now ready to organ­ise your cook­ing class­es, it is time to start book­ing stu­dents. You still have a few details to work out before wel­com­ing your first stu­dents.

The price of the classes

The dura­tion and qual­i­ty of your class­es will impact your price point. For exam­ple, the aver­age cost of a cook­ing class in Paris is €25 an hour. Of course, this price varies accord­ing to the city, the tutor’s expe­ri­ence, and the type of class. A spe­cialised course on French pas­tries will cost more than a “gen­er­al” cook­ing class. With Weezevent, you can cre­ate and struc­ture the prices of your class­es as you wish.

The number of students

Are you con­sid­er­ing giv­ing one-on-one pri­vate lessons or group lessons? If you are teach­ing sev­er­al stu­dents at the same time, make sure you to set a lim­it to the num­ber of stu­dents. The space and equip­ment required must also be adapt­ed to the num­ber of peo­ple attend­ing.

The booking platform

Before you wel­come your first stu­dents, you can get to know them by cre­at­ing a reg­is­tra­tion form. You can cus­tomise the form’s fields to ask any infor­ma­tion that will be rel­e­vant to your class, e.g. their age, cook­ing expe­ri­ence, the kind of equip­ment they own, etc. By cre­at­ing the per­fect form, you will build a com­pre­hen­sive data­base. It is also a good way to cre­ate prox­im­i­ty with your stu­dents by get­ting in touch with them reg­u­lar­ly, either to hear about their culi­nary jour­ney or to invite them to your new class­es.

Once you have tak­en into account all the ele­ments men­tioned in this arti­cle and made the key deci­sions to organ­ise your class­es, you can final­ly get start­ed! Dis­cov­er all the ser­vices offered by our online book­ing solu­tion:

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