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Cooking Classes

Gathering around an instructor with other food enthusiasts, mastering new techniques or dusting off old methods, trying new recipes, exploring different cuisines … cooking classes are rewarding opportunities to learn from masters of the craft without enrolling in a full-fledged cooking program.

Cooking Classes

Gathering around an instructor with other food enthusiasts, mastering new techniques or dusting off old methods, trying new recipes, exploring different cuisines … cooking classes are rewarding opportunities to learn from masters of the craft without enrolling in a full-fledged cooking program.

No matter your level of experience in the kitchen, you can always benefit from a cooking class where you will be exposed to a variety of foods, cooking techniques, methods of preparation, ingredients, stories, and camaraderie with fellow foodies. There’s no fuss: all of the planning is done for you. Best of all … you don’t have to do the dishes and you get to eat your creation!

Cooking classes are fun! You’ll rub elbows with fellow foodies while chopping ingredients and stirring pots. You can go alone and meet other like-minded cooks, go with friends for a fun outing, or bring the kids and expose them to cooking. It’s also a great date night or a team-building opportunity for the office.

Classes are a doorway to trying new foods, cuisines and cooking techniques. Depending on your comfort level, you can stretch your skills and palate by exploring recipes using esoteric ingredients or a completely different cuisine. You can sharpen your repertoire with new recipes or learn tweaks of old favorites.

Many travelers incorporate cooking classes into their itineraries when traveling around different parts of the world. It is a wonderful way to truly explore a new part of the world through its cuisine being taught by a native teacher. Whether you are in Rome or New Orleans, what a great way to delve into the local culture!

Costs vary, depending on the venue, the instructor, the length of the class, the type of food, the number of students, the location … there are many factors. You should be able to find a class to fit your budget. Be sure to ask whether the tuition includes the cost of ingredients, as there can be added “supply” costs. You should also ask if you need to bring your own knife, apron, etc. Most cooking schools supply these, but you should check.

Many classes are held on weekends or weeknights to accommodate working folks. These classes tend to last a few hours. There are classes that are offered in series over a few weeks. You can also find classes that encompass an entire weekend with tours of farms and even sleeping accommodations. There are so many options out there!

Ready to find a class? Let United In Food help! Click on the “Select Region” drop-down menu and choose the area. Then, click on the “Select Category” drop-down menu and choose “Cooking Classes.” Peruse the opportunities and get cooking!