Local cooking classes can be a great night out for yourself, friends, or with just your spouse. Recently, my husband and I attended a Kings Cooking Studio class on Valentine’s Day weekend. We were looking for something different to do instead of the usual eating out at a restaurant. I searched online for local cooking classes for that weekend, and was surprised to find many options available. The problem was that many couples had the same idea, and most of the classes were booked. I landed on the King’s Cooking Studio in Short Hills, NJ, which had a 3 hour "Romantic Valentine" cooking class. We were surprised to find openings, so I quickly booked this class. It turned out to be educational, fun, and delicious, plus we came home with some recipes as well as new friends that we connected with at the class.
These classes can help cooks fine-tune their skills, and learn new ones. Also if you love to cook, you can find a new cuisine to tackle. There are many options available; classes are day and evening to suit various schedules.
If you are a non-cook and feel intimated in the kitchen this is a great way to improve your comfort level. The chef thoroughly explains the techniques, and what needs to be done with each recipe. They walk around during the class to provide guidance, and encouragement. You will feel a greater confidence when you see, and taste the finished product. Hopefully the class will give you the courage and determination to become a home chef. Cooking is the healthiest form of eating because you are in control of the ingredients, and portions.
Dabblers are those of you who like the idea of cooking but feel overwhelmed by the idea of choosing a recipe and following through. A cooking class will convert the desire into a reality. The recipes and steps get broken down, and there is direction from the chef throughout the process. You also get to connect with other people in the class who are usually novices, trying to increase their knowledge and comfort level. Have you taken a group cooking class or private one, how did it go? Share your thoughts...
Janet Brancato is a Registered Dietitian based out of Glen Rock, NJ. She works with clients online, over the phone, and face to face.