If you love to cook, start a cooking school. This is one business where you need no certificates and degrees, just a passion for cooking and the knack to fix a variety of dishes. Cooking classes are getting trendy, thanks to the spurt in television shows hosted by celeb chefs. In fact, these chefs at times look more glamorous than movie stars!
Cooking is no more a housewife’s dreaded chore. Moreover, if you toil hard for earning your bread and butter, make sure you have the best-baked bread and the most delicious butter!
Just like any other business, you need to have a plan for starting your own cooking classes. Will you teach at home or have a separate space for the classes? How well-equipped is your kitchen? How many students can you accommodate at a time? Of course, what’s your budget?
You also need to plan the recipes you intend to teach. For the beginners, you might need to start from scratch, which means probably teaching them the difference between a butcher’s knife and a vegetable knife! You might be surprised by the sheer ignorance of people in terms of the nutritional value of food. So, keep your eyeballs in place and avoid popping them with astonishment if somebody asks whether tomatoes can be eaten raw! Talk of pizza and burger generation!
Ah! Those Aprons!
Running a cooking class and forgetting your aprons? It can’t be! Make your class more interesting with stylish chef wear. Depending on your budget, you can either provide aprons to your students, or ask them to get them on their own. The latter gives them more choice. They can pick an apron that
suits their personality. Donning a chic apron with a hat renders an aura of dignity to an individual, irrespective of whether he or she is learning or teaching to cook.
An apron also serves as a marketing tool. You can get aprons at wholesale prices online and customize them to complement your business. Choose a signature style or imprint the name of your cooking class or your business logo on them. You can even imprint a punch line that describes your business – a wise marketing strategy, it seems!
Remember the Following
• America is reeling under obesity, especially in kids. You can make a difference with your cooking class. Why not start a separate kids’ cooking session? This will not only soar your business, but also help you do a good deed toward the society by teaching the kids the importance of healthy eating. It’s a win-win situation.
• Aprons play an important role in cooking. Take your cooking wear seriously. If the adage “clothes maketh a man” is true, your students certainly would feel more enthusiastic and confident with aprons during their cooking class.
• You must get certification for safety standards in handling food and beverages. Make sure you have all the legal and other formalities of starting a business done.
• Be professional in your cooking. People like to learn from an expert, but an amateur who himself or herself is learning to handle a pan.
• Don’t just teach people to cook, make them love the art of putting together the ingredients and creating a recipe. Let them involve all their senses while cooking. You’ll be surprised how refreshing the experience is!
Want to get more adventurous in your cooking business? How about a session on spiritual cooking? Spirituality is a rage. Everybody wants to have a “halo” over their heads! Well, you need not be a yogic or a sage to deliver lessons in spiritual cooking. It’s all about getting close to the nature’s bounty – the fruits, vegetables, spices, oils, and others – feeling their texture, observing their colors and shapes, assimilating their aromas, and making a recipe with your heart and mind into it.
You can even offer private lessons for extra charges, giving your complete attention to the aspiring individual who wishes to conquer the culinary world with his or her skills. Ah, don’t forget to have a special set of aprons for your spiritual cooking classes. Pick a specific color or an extraordinary design for the class. Make it a rejuvenating experience for your students. The cooking expert is here!