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Thought about Teaching a Cooking Class?

Mar 21, 2008
Whether you've opened up a restaurant or you simply want to earn some extra cash, those cooking skills you've honed could be your ticket to success. While your friends and family have bee reaping the benefits of your cooking for years, maybe it's time to turn your kitchen into your new office.

You can start finding out if your family and friends were just being nice by teaching a cooking class. With this experience, not only will you meet others who enjoy cooking as much as you do, but you will also begin to see how far you can take your skills.

What Can You Cook?

If you're going to teach a cooking class, it's best to teach something that you know a lot about. If you get up in front of everyone and try to teach them how to roll sushi, but you've only done it once, you're not going to look like an expert -- you're going to look like a fool. Find something that you can cook and cook well each and every time. It doesn't have to be anything really exotic either -- a lot of people don't know how to cook a decent chicken breast meal. Once you've gotten comfortable with this particular dish that you want to cook, then you can move onto things that are more complicated.

Fun things to each include:

- Pizza making
- Chinese dishes
- Baking and pastry making
- Candy making
- Family dishes you can make quickly
- Holiday dishes
- Sushi

Where Can You Teach?

Many restaurants and community centers have areas where you can teach a cooking class to others -- all you need to do is ask. If you already own a restaurant, taking students back into the kitchen is a great way to drum up business for your place, while also giving them the backstage pass to your inner workings. If all else fails, you can also cook from your home -- though things might get a little more crowded there if you don't have a lot of space.

What's the Point?

Teaching a cooking class is about more than just using a ramekin to show off the spices you will use; this is an opportunity to learn how to teach others and how to interact with others in relation to cooking. You can use it to advertise a cookbook you've written or the restaurant that you're planning on running. Advertise your class in the local papers and online to see what kind of response you get.

Chances are good that it's going to be worthwhile to everyone. And don't forget to charge for this. Everyone should pay a fee to offset your food costs as well as your time. Money for doing what you love -- now that's a tasty combination.
About the Author
Able Kitchen (http://www.ablekitchen.com) sells restaurant supplies online for great prices due to large bulk purchases. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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