Have you ever noticed that if we are just a little interested in cooking we are generally more interested in learning to cook something NEW rather than recipes we may already know? So recently, when I went looking for a cooking class, I started looking for an exotic option.
What I noticed with the class I booked was that my teacher looked exotic which gave me an immediate impression, and confidence, that I was going to learn some authentic exotic recipes.
Tip #1: If you are thinking of starting a cooking class either come from somewhere else or at least look like you do! This makes you appear genuine.
After talking with my teacher, I learned that in her case she had given up a very enjoyable and successful personal career to have children and then wanted to get back into life so decided to start a cooking class.
So having an exotic edge will put you ahead of the competition in a world where first impressions still count. Plus, having known the good life in a previous career will certainly give you something to aim for.
Tip #2: Have something to aim for – e.g. the good life!
Early into the class my exotic cooking teacher advised us eager students that she held no formal cooking training and “couldn’t even make a cup of tea when she came to Australia 20 years earlier.”
Wow – that’s impressive! So no formal institutional training of today’s Commercial Chefs but rather the organic, natural upbringing that involved exotic foods, tastes, flavours, sounds and smells in her childhood home in Southern India. We learned our recipes that day through her journey into the discovery of her love of spices, herbs and methods of her own mother’s kitchen.
Tip#3: You don’t need to know about “cooking” – you just need to love cooking.
Sound like you so far?
The class I took was special because of its location. The setting was tranquil and amongst the trees so we were able to immediately relax and enjoy the surroundings. Best of all, there were herb, spice and vegetable gardens that we first toured and harvested from. The quality you absolutely must possess or acquire before you can start a successful cooking school is a really fabulous venue. Not just any venue. It must represent a venue that is like no other. Of course it must be clean and suited to the purpose but it must also contain something special which makes it special to the customers. In this class, the ability to harvest from the gardens made it stand out. This added another dimension to the class and made it different to other classes.
Tip#4: Location. Location. Location. It needs to be unique and set you apart from others.
I’ll start a cooking class. It’ll be easy.