There are a huge variety of cookery classes to choose from, catering for those interested in anything from spectacular festive food for entertaining, to people who want to learn to prepare sushi. But how do you decide on the right one for you and your lifestyle? It's a question of the food you love, your level of experience and of course, your budget.
When your deciding on the course for you, it is important for you to choose a style of cooking you that you personally enjoy eating. Whatever your favourite cuisine is, whether it be Indian, Italian or British, there will be a course right for you. Making food you love is the best way to spark a passion for cooking, and will help you to continue using the skills you learn in everyday life.
You may feel as though your level of experience may hold you back in some of the styles of cooking that perhaps more exotic, or perceived as difficult to make. Cookery classes are a great way to get advice from experts, who can often simplify a dish you may have previously conceived as too tricky to attempt making. Once you gain a foundation of knowledge of cooking, it makes it far easier to learn new styles by building on your existing knowledge base.
It is important to choose one at the right level for you. For many people there may be a style of food which they enjoy eating but would not have a clue where to start when cooking it. For instance, in Britain a huge number of people love Indian food, but most would find the idea of cooking a curry from scratch intimidating.
But a curry can be as difficult or as easy to prepare as you make it. Once you know the basics, you can then learn all the regional variations and subtle nuances of Indian cuisine. This is not knowledge you can obtain by simply following a recipe book word for word. Classes are as much about improving your understanding and confidence, as they are about learning how to cook in a certain style.
The price of cookery courses can vary. A good quality course will be slightly more expensive, but will include good quality market fresh ingredients and offer a wider selection of dishes. Prices will be higher if a 'celebrity' chef is involved and often these classes will be more demonstration based than hands on cookery.
The amount of people attending a course can vary to. Be sure to select a course that allows you to get the attention you need, but also offers a fun and relaxed atmosphere which will add to your enjoyment of the day.