What to Expect on a Cookery Course
Whether a novice or a budding chef, a cookery course can be the ideal opportunity to sharpen those culinary skills.
If you are considering enrolling on a cookery course here is an outline of what you can expect during the course, to help you get the most from your day.
Firstly when choosing which cookery courses to take you should bear in mind that they are typically set at different levels of skill from beginner to advanced and based on particular types of cuisine, such as Indian, Italian or French for example.
Some cooking classes can also be focused on a particular ingredient or course such as game, seafood or desserts for instance so think carefully about the skills that you would like to learn or perfect most when choosing which class to go to.
When enrolled on a course it will typically begin with an informal opportunity to meet fellow students and share your excitement. This will also be the time to meet the chef instructor for the day, who, as well as formally introducing themselves, will normally outline what the day will entail, as well as answering any questions or queries. Any other ground rules as well as a health and safety briefing will probably be included at this time too.
Some courses allow you to select from a variety of dishes, so at this point the chef will outline the various options available and then it is over to you to select whatever tickles your taste-buds…. probably the toughest decision of the day! Alternatively if there is a set menu, the chef is likely to run through the dishes that will be cooked and explain the order of service and make sure everyone is clear on how the day will run. It is important at this time to make the chef aware of any dietary requirements or allergies, so that the school can cater for any specific needs.
Once you have donned your apron and chef’s hat it is time to be shown around your home for the next few hours: the fully equipped kitchen. After being allocated a specific work station it is time for the fun to begin.
The chef will provide step-by-step tuition through each stage of the recipe, as well as sharing some hints and tips and allowing you to ask any questions that you have to help you to perfect each dish. Should assistance be required, the chef and/or their team will be on hand throughout the course.
After all that hard-work, it is time to sample and enjoy the delights from the course. Of course this is the ideal chance to share your tales and tips with fellow students and most importantly, sit back and relax!
By Julie B Brown
Shirley’s Comments: I have never taken a cooking course though I see them in my future. This article gives me a clear idea of what to expect when I actually get to the class. It is refreshing and easy to assist in anticipating the joy of learning to cook from scratch and share cooking tips with fellow classmates.