Are you passionate about food? Do you love trying out new recipes and cuisines? Maybe you are obsessed with watching cooking shows and competitions and are an avid reader of cooking blogs and cook books. So why not share your knowledge and passion for cooking with others, by giving private cooking lessons?
There's nothing more rewarding than inspiring others to develop their own passion and interests! And what better way to bring family and friends together than around a delicious meal?
Feeling inspired? Check out our blog for tips on how to teach cooking and plan the perfect cooking class that will inspire your students to get cooking.
Develop your culinary skills
In order to be able to give cooking lessons to others, you'll need to make sure that you have mastered all the skills that you are going to be teaching. Do you know how to roast a chicken or make the perfect scrambled eggs? These are basics that everyone should know. In addition, you should have excellent knowledge of food safety and sanitation, such as how to safely clean and sanitise surfaces, and how to uses knives and kitchen supplies safely.
Before you start giving cooking lessons, you'll need to have cooking experience. Of course, it's not a requirement to be Michelin star chef from a fancy restaurant, but you should be confident in what you are teaching and should have practiced the tutorial in advance.
Depending on the level that you are teaching, you don't necessarily need to have formal cooking qualifications, even though this can be a major asset. Many famous food bloggers don't always have formal culinary qualifications and are often just passionate amateur chefs. That being said, you should still have acquired the basic cooking skills that you'll be teaching depending on the level and type of cooking course that you are offering. Before deciding to get into cooking tutorials, you should do your homework and have done your research on basic cooking skills and terms. Do you know what the difference is between blanching, sautéing, roasting, and poaching? Can you plan a menu with a certain budget and set of ingredients?
Beyond perfecting your culinary skills, you'll have to make sure that you are able to communicate in a clear and concise way that is easy for your students to understand. You'll need to be able to adapt your lessons based on the level of your students. For example, you won't organise the same lessons for absolute beginner student cooks as you will for experienced home cooks. Always brush up on your skills and practice regularly. This way you can be sure that your lessons will run as smoothly as possible. Practice your knife skills, chopping skills, baking skills and any other skills which you think are relevant your cooking tutorials.
You may wish to consider providing could provide a free demonstration to your students. You can then get ask for their initial feedback which will be helpful for you when planning your lessons in the future. Find out more about cooking classes available around Canada.
Plan your cooking class
Before you start your cooking class, you'll want to ask yourself what the purpose of your cooking class is. What do you plan to teach your students? It's a good idea to set a specific topic or theme to help you plan and organise your lesson. For instance, you may want to have a class on how to bake the perfect pie, how to plan weeknight means on a budget, basic knife skills etc. You can also have a combination of practical and technical lessons, for example you may have general cooking classes which focus on a particular kind of dish or cuisine, and other classes focused more on developing your technical skills.
Before getting to the technical parts of the lesson, it's always important to start with basic safety tips. When teaching a cooking class, always start out with safety tips and techniques. For example, when working with parents and children, you'll want to reminds parents about how to cook safely in the kitchen under parent supervision.
In order to set yourself apart from other cooking classes, you'll want to provide something unique to your students. You may wish to focus on particular type of cuisine. Maybe you specialise in vegan cuisine or you've perfected your pastry skills. Always try to teach what you do best and what you are most passionate about! It may be more useful to know have detailed knowledge about a specific style of cooking, rather than have shallow knowledge of a wide range of topics. Stick to what you know best!
In order to help you start planning your lesson, it may help you to think about the following questions:
- What is the objective of this cooking class?
- What level of students am I teaching?
- What do I want to teach?
- What recipes can I use an how can they be improved?
- What culinary skills do I want to teach my students?
- Do I feel confident with my skills and ability to teach this lesson?
- Have I practiced the recipes/skills planned in this lesson?
- What technical capacities do I need to teach this lesson?
- How can I adapt these lessons to the needs of my students?
Now that you've thought about what it is that you want to teach your students, it's time to planning your classes.
Create a lesson plan for your cooking class
In order to ensure that your lessons run as smoothly as possible, it's important to create a lesson plan in order to outline the topics and skills that you'd like to cover during your lesson.
In order to start planning your cooking class you'll want to consider the following:
- Duration of your lessons: The length of your lesson will vary according to the type of lesson that you are planning to teach. Bear in mind that the lesson time may also have to incorporate time for students to cook and prepare their own meals. Cooking lessons that involve baking or dishes that require greater preparation time will require a longer lesson.
- Location of your lessons: The location of your lessons is important as you'll want to make sure that you have the right equipment in order to carry out your lesson effectively. You may wish to hold the lesson at your place or in a professional kitchen in order to ensure that you'll have the right material for your class.
- Objectives of your lesson: make sure that your students are clear about the objective of your lesson from the beginning. It's also important to be sure that the objective is realistic for your students, given their level and the amount of time you'll have for your lesson.
- Be prepared: have an outline of your lesson plan, any recipes you may need or other information available during your lesson, and come equipped with the necessary ingredients and utensils that you'll need. Warn your students well in advance if there is anything that they'll need to bring in preparation for the lesson
Provide Step-by-step Instructions
In general, for every cooking class you'll want to follow the same basic organisation to make sure that your cooking classes are clear and structured for your students. Here are these basic steps you may wish to follow to help you structure your lessons:
- Introduction and objectives: at the very beginning of your lesson, you'll want to introduce yourself and give a little information about your background and cooking experience. You'll also want to clearly set out the objectives of your lesson and break down what you'll go over during the course of the class.
- Safety skills: always take five minutes out of your lesson to cover basic safety skills and to ensure that your students aware how to safely use the utensils and tools that you'll be using in the kitchen during the lesson.
- Preparation: go over what ingredients, tools and materials you'll be using over the course of the lesson and clearly define any culinary concepts that your students should understand. Show them how to measure out each ingredient, and clearly demonstrate what techniques they will be using during the class.
- Cooking: this is the time that you'll give your students to try out for themselves the skills and techniques that you've demonstrated during the tutorial. You'll have a chance to go around the room and monitor that each student is following the correct technique and provide them with tips and advice on how to improve.
- Presentation and tasting: one of the best parts of the cooking class is getting to taste your creations at the end of the class! You can also show your students how to present their dishes as well as techniques for plating their food in an impressive way.
Teach your students how to present their dishes in an impressive way! (Source: Einladung_zum_Essen)You'll cover a lot of material during the course of your lesson which can easily be forgotten weeks later. In order to allow your students to make the most of their classes, we highly recommend preparing a handout which covers the basic concepts, skills and recipes that your students will be able to refer to in the future. You may also want to take photos for your students and of your classes (with your students' permission) which can be shared on your own personal food blog or teaching ad.
Formalise your cooking tutorials
Now that you've planned out your lessons, it’s time to decide how you want to go about giving cooking lessons. In order to do so, there are a couple of important points you'll want to consider:
How much should you charge for your lessons?
The price that you charge for your lessons will vary according to a number of different factors, including the level of your students as well as your level of teaching experience. If you have many years of experience and a professional culinary qualification, then you'll certainly be able to teach more advanced classes and charge a higher rate than an amateur or home cook. Additionally, the price will vary based upon the type of class that you area teaching. If you are teaching a very specific class or class with specific techniques, such as vegan baking skills then you may also be able to charge higher hourly rates for your classes. Your rate will also depend on external factors such as your location. Rates tend to be higher in large cities such as Toronto or Vancouver than in more remote areas. It's a good idea to do some research before setting your price in order to see what the average price for cooking classes in your area are.
What is the ideal format for my lessons?
Do you prefer to teach one-on-one on or in large groups? You'll have to consider what the optimal format for your lessons will be, depending on your own personal teaching style and the level that you are teaching. When deciding on your maximum class size, you'll want to consider the amount of space that you have and whether you'll have enough supplies and equipment to carry out your lesson effectively.
How can I find students for my cooking classes?
When you are first starting out, it can be tricky to find students to start teaching. Make use of your personal and social media networks in order to advertise your cooking classes. Sometimes the best way to get students is through word of mouth, with friends and family who can attest to your excellent cooking skills.
You can also try out platforms such as Superprof, which allow you to post your teaching ad online for free. You can share information about your hourly rate, your teaching methodology, your experience and the location of your lessons. Students on the platform will then get in contact with you directly to schedule your lesson through the platform and you'll be able to chat with students interested in starting lessons with you!
- Be an expert: make sure that you have excellent knowledge of the skills and techniques that you'll be teaching during your lessons
- Focus on a particular aspect or style of cooking that will help you to develop the best possible lessons
- Focus on what your lessons are about: teaching a beginner how to cook is not the same as teaching an experienced pastry chef advanced techniques.
- Prepare your lessons in advance: prepare a lesson outline and share handouts with your student that will cover the basic concepts you'll go over during each class. Share recipes, concepts and basic techniques so that your students will be able to reference them in the future.
- Ask for feedback. At the end of each lesson, ask your students for feedback that will help you to better tailor your lessons to your students' own needs and interests.
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