Online Cooking Courses: Elevate Your Culinary Skills in Your Own Kitchen
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Have you been thinking of stepping up your culinary skills? Or maybe you’ve been dreaming of going on a scrumptious gastronomic adventure?
As it may not be possible to go on a culinary holiday right now, why not join an online cooking course instead?
Thanks to technology, you can now sharpen your skills, discover authentic recipes, and learn various culinary tips & tricks from the comfort & safety of your home.
The great news is that when you sign up for a multi-day culinary course, you won’t need to worry about accommodation, meals, or the plane ticket! All you need to do is log in and join the classes and you’re well on your way to step up your skills in the kitchen.
Want to know more about this new experience? Read on and learn more about how it works!
Top reasons to choose an online cooking course
There are many reasons to join an online multi-day cooking course. Aside from the fact that it doesn’t require you to travel, it has many other advantages.
Since you can access the classes from any device, be it a smartphone, tablet, computer, or smart TV, you won’t have any trouble following the live cooking courses or catching up anytime to watch the recorded classes. You are one click (or tap) away from the professional chefs and the rest of the participants.
It’s also a good alternative for busy people: if you choose to, you don’t need to fully disconnect from your daily life in order to attend the course.
During a virtual multi-day cooking course, you’ll only need to set aside a special time during the day to attend the classes. There are also some programs that are flexible so that you can choose the best time to attend.
Plus, if you consider the fact that you won’t need to travel, an online cooking course is a win-win situation for those who have a tight schedule.
Moreover, an online multi-day cooking course is the most budget-friendly option you can find. This is because you won’t need to pay for transportation, accommodation, or meals. If you don’t already have all the kitchen utensils for the classes, you won’t need to worry as you surely have at least a pot and a pan at hand. The list of ingredients and all the necessary kitchen utensils will be sent to you after booking so that you can prepare ahead of time.
In addition, a virtual cooking course offers you more comfort as you will be cooking from the coziness of your own kitchen. However, if being away from the chef and participants makes you feel disconnected, many organizers offer 1-on-1 classes or private small groups. Note that if it’s not always offered, you can always inquire the organizer whether a 1-on-1 course would be possible. More often than not, they would be willing to accommodate the request.
All in all, for many cooking enthusiasts, an online multi-day cooking course has turned out to be the most accessible way to discover authentic recipes, whip up scrumptious dishes, and learn culinary tips & tricks. It is an excellent alternative for those who are craving to go on a culinary holiday but aren’t able to.
How does an online cooking course work?
An online cooking course takes place through live video sessions, held on video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime, or others. Rest assured that your instructor will let you know in advance the platform they’d be using (or which you can choose from).
Some programs also include pre-recorded videos that you can access at any time.
The list of ingredients, cooking utensils, and any necessary guidance needed pre-sessions will be emailed to you at the time of booking. You’ll also receive the recipes (with actual photos of the dish) in a (pdf) booklet that you can keep for future use.
The best part of an online cooking class is that you’ll be able to reap many benefits as if you were on an on-location cooking holiday. You’ll be able to discover local authentic dishes, learn how to prepare them, and step up your culinary skills, just to mention a few.
A few tips to enjoy the online cooking course
Now that you know the advantages of an online multi-day cooking course and how it works, here are a few tips you can use to enjoy your experience to the fullest.
First of all, let the people you live with know that you’ll be taking an online cooking course so that they can support you and give the space you need during the classes.
Before the class begins, it’s important to put aside all distractions: turn off your phone, tablet, or computer notifications (including those from social media and email applications). Alternatively, you may want to set your phone on “do not disturb” mode so that you won’t get unnecessary calls and texts. If you opt to use the phone to access the cooking classes, you can block all notifications from appearing on the screen so it won’t disrupt your focus.
Also, in case your kitchen prep and cooking area needs a bit of attention, it’s the perfect time to think about reorganizing the items a bit. Here are a few tips:
- It’s important to have an uncluttered counter/table area so move all the unnecessary cooking utensils in other parts of the kitchen;
- Check if the needed kitchen utensils are in working order;
- Keep at hand all the utensils and ingredients needed to make the recipe(s), as per the instructions given to you at the time of booking;
- Print the recipe booklet ahead of the classes;
- Find a safe place to stow your phone/tablet /laptop so you can follow along the directions and avoid any unwanted damage to your device.
Finally, when choosing a virtual multi-day cooking course, be mindful of the chefs’ time zones as well as the schedule of the classes. Make sure to contact them and ask as many questions as possible before booking.
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