If cooking is something that you are passionate about, choosing a career in which you can share that knowledge can be very appealing. If the idea of teaching your cooking skills to others seems like the perfect career, maybe you should think about becoming a cooking teacher. There are many avenues that can put you in a career as a cooking teacher, and it's best to decide what works for you and what kind of teacher you would like to become.
Acquire some real experience in the kitchen. You can either attend a culinary school or get that experience in the kitchen. You can choose a culinary school in your area or choose to go to some of the very prestigious institutions like the Culinary Institute of America or Le Cordon Bleu. These schools can range in cost from about £13,000 to £26,000 per year, and they usually take 2 years to complete. If you're not interested in attending culinary school, work in a restaurant kitchen for a least a few years or work for a catering company to get some real experience.
Publicise your name by first doing some food writing so that people know your name in the community. You can either start a food writing blog where you post your favourite recipes, restaurants and foodie events or submit work to local publications like the newspaper or community magazines.
Design a website. It doesn't have to be expensive, and you can do it yourself by using inexpensive website design software that walks you through the entire process, like Netshare. The website should have your contact information, your location, a schedule of classes and the cost of classes.
Decide where you want to hold the classes and ensure that you have all the necessary supplies for what you want to cook.
Pick a cuisine. This is not set in stone and it can change from class to class, but have an idea of the kind of food that you like to prepare so students know what they are in for and what to expect.
Offer some free classes to get people there and having fun. Offer deals for birthday or anniversary classes to attract patrons.
Have a theme for your business model, whether it's vegetarian or vegan, organic, local or French-inspired foods.
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- Have a theme for your business model, whether it's vegetarian or vegan, organic, local or French-inspired foods.