May 13

Benefits of Private Cooking Classes

With today’s busy lifestyles, people don’t often have the ability to adjust their schedules to take structured cooking classes. Both cooking schools and private chefs have begun offering private cooking classes in order to accommodate students’ demanding schedules and their individual, special tastes in particular types of cuisine and their preparation. It’s a terrific way to tailor your learning experience to precisely what you want to learn to cook.

Salmon rillettes appetizer made by one of our cooking class students

Working one on one with a skilled chef is a wonderful way to rapidly boost your cooking skills and techniques, as the private attention means you can progress at your own individual pace rather than in a larger class environment where a number of people may be working together as a team. And having the chef’s undivided attention means that you can hone your existing skills as well as properly develop new ones without the risk of inadvertently developing poor technique because you are the sole focus of the chef. A large class does not offer such personal attention.

Private cooking classes can be scheduled onsite at a cooking school or in the student’s own home. The advantage of taking a private class onsite in a school is the exposure to equipment that you may not possess at home. This grants you the opportunity to try your hand working with equipment you’ve never used or sometimes never even seen before, prior to making what can sometimes be a sizable investment. This can extend from electrical appliances and large kitchen equipment to working with various types of knives or other hand tools. It’s a valuable way to test your techniques by working with new and perhaps more efficient types of kitchen equipment.

However, that is not to say there are no advantages to taking a class in your own kitchen. Quite the contrary. A professional chef can suggest ways to organize your kitchen more efficiently and also demonstrate how to get the most out of the equipment you have on hand. If you elect to have your classes at your own home, the chef will likely advise you in advance what basic tools you should be sure to have. Be sure to inquire if the information is not volunteered. The chef may be willing to bring any essentials that you might lack.

Another reason to take private cooking classes is the ability to focus on certain techniques or specialty cuisines. You can ideally help with the menu selection based on your preferences or dietary needs. If there’s a specific dish you’ve been anxious to learn how to make but are a bit intimidated by, a private lesson is just the ticket to learning firsthand how to make this favorite.

People with special dietary considerations such as vegetarians, vegans, gluten or other allergies or intolerances can really benefit from private cooking lessons because it’s a terrific opportunity to learn to make delicious dishes that revolve around your specific needs and tastes.

Regardless of the reason, private cooking classes are a terrific way to get the most out of your time with a professional chef, learning at your own speed and making precisely the kinds of foods you want to add to your repertoire. Please contact us if you are interested in a private cooking class!