How to Start Private Cooking Classes

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If you are a culinary professional looking to make extra money or just spread your knowledge of gourmet techniques, starting private cooking classes may be just for you. In order to be successful with private cooking classes, you must show your passion and be excited to teach others what you know. You must also be a good networker and salesperson to get others to keep coming to your classes.

  • Take the Serve Safe national certification course. This course proves you know the safe handling of food and beverages. Most states require you have this certification to serve food.

  • Start calling private wine shops, cooking equiptment stores, community colleges and grocers to see if they offer cooking classes.

  • Once you find what kind of classes they offer, think about offering a classes they currently don't offer. Maybe there is an ethnic cuisine you specialize in that they don't yet offer.

  • Propose to start a cooking class schedule if a store currently does not offer classes. They may need help organizing a kitchen and equipment, so the more you offer to help, the more likely they will consider taking you on.

  • Contact a catering company with a large commercial kitchen. During slower part of the year, like summer, they may be willing to lease out their kitchen for cooking classes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use your computer to print out flyers advertising your cooking classes and post on community boards at parks and grocery stores. This is a great way of advertising cooking classes without spending too much money.
  • If you perform a cooking class without your Serve Safe certification, you may be heavily fined.
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