By Jacqueline Bodnar
Most likely, you have been cooking for years now. And, that being the case, you probably haven’t given much thought to why there would be a need to take a gourmet cooking class. Think again! Although you already have cooking skills, there are still many other reasons to consider taking a cooking class. Classes range in price, frequency and length. Some classes last a few hours per week for several weeks, while others last a single day for several hours.
Calendars change as to what is available, so check every so often to see if there’s one that you may be interested in. Then roll up your sleeves and dig in. We’ve narrowed it down to five reasons that make taking cooking classes a blast, showing you why you should give it a try!
Take part in an adventure. We Americans seem to get very comfortable with eating the same things at home, over and over. Most people have six or seven main dishes and alternate them all the time. Now is the time to think beyond the same old meatloaf or burgers. Try taking a class that focuses on vegetarian cooking, or an Italian or Asian theme. Classes give you a chance to try something new as you expand your culinary horizons.
Exercise your mind. Sitting at home in front of the television does little to keep your mind active. Cooking classes will exercise your mind, keeping you busy as you measure, stir, chop, and concentrate on learning how to prepare a great dish. Keeping your mind active with new projects and tasks is one of the surest ways to help remain healthy and to slow the aging process.
Meet others. You may be thinking that you have enough friends. If you do, then great. But most of us could use a few more. Good conversation does wonders for the heart and mind. And even if you have plenty of friends, there may be someone else there who doesn’t and could use a friend like you. There is no sense in sitting around, lonely, on a Saturday afternoon when you could be attending a cooking class and meeting others cooking enthusiasts.
Build skills. Even if you have been active in the kitchen for decades, there are still some skills you could hone. Whether learning the correct way to use a chef’s knife or how best to chop an onion, it’s fun to learn the techniques used by professional chefs. You will become more efficient in your own kitchen, and you’ll have the satisfaction that you know something that others around you don’t.
Good food. Cooking classes focus on creating good food and, in the end, that food is going to be eaten. You’ll get a chance to eat some of the great food you just learned how to create. It’s like getting a lesson and a restaurant-quality meal, all in one. What can beat a few hours out of the house, having fun and gaining new skills at the same time?
So how do you find cooking classes in your area? You can contact your local community college to see what their culinary department offers. Also, keep your eyes open for stores, such as Williams-Sonoma, that often offer a variety of cooking classes. Whether you are looking how to chop an onion like a pro or create a meal to remember, taking a cooking class can be a fun experience!
Jaqueline Bodnar is an award-winning professional writer and owner of BodnarInk.com.