What is a cooking school?

A cooking school is a place to learn cooking prep and cooking skills under expert guidance. It is somewhat different from a culinary school although many people get confused about the differences, similarities and distinctions. So we’ll try to clarify things here.

Making pastry in a cooking school

Who attends cooking school?

Essentially, attending a cooking school is ideal for people who want to focus on learning specific dishes and cooking styles. Whether they are amateur, returners or already working in the industry, they are usually curious people often engrossed with intricate details about food, it’s texture, taste and more. They often come to classes to learn different styles of cooking, making and baking.

Who runs a cooking school?

Cooking schools are run by food educators, professional chefs and experienced home cooks. They are usually very committed to their craft and extremely passionate about food and teaching. 

What does a good cooking school teach?

The best cooking school will teach participants how to make a specific recipe and will help them understand a lot of things about food. Knowledge such as why they use specific ingredients and how they can enjoy food at its very best. By learning in this way participants broaden their horizons and widen their culinary experiences. Participants sometimes receive certificates of accomplishment after their hard work.

Overall, the best cooking schools focus on helping people make cooking skills a part of their everyday lives. 

For that reason, they usually offer a variety of different classes to children, young people and adults. This way, everyone gets a chance to build and rebuild skills that are neglected in society. For example, in recent years, there has been a strong focus on fermentation and preserving skills. Fermentation and preserving was an age old process disappearing into the industrialisation bubble but thanks to its gut health benefits, fermenting in home kitchens is enjoying a comeback.

Bottling ferments in a cooking school

How do you preserve cooking skills?

One way of preserving cooking skills in society is to have cooking schools supplementing, supporting and inspiring home learning. Since cooking is a skill at risk of getting lost in many households, one could argue there are many reasons such skills should be preserved. That way, future generations will use their skills to be discerning when making food choices.

As a cooking school Greenwich Pantry feels responsibility to keep promoting the virtues of good cooking skills. After all, cooking well is the best route to eating well. 

One other thing good cooking schools bear in mind is that everyone learns differently. 

Consider the concept of learning and how personal it can be. Now think how demonstrations and techniques picked up in cooking schools could benefit visual and kinestetic learners.

Cooking schools often use different techniques to help participants learn. Many use demonstrations as a way of teaching a specific class. This makes a lot of sense because some people learn by watching. The more teaching techniques the better! In the end, what is of utmost importance is that participants learn recipes they can make themselves, adapting personal styles to the recipe. This is what we love to encourage in our classes.

Cooking is increasingly an important aspect of our economic sustainability and when we start to consider the outputs from cooking schools, you’ll understand why.

What can you learn at Greenwich Pantry’s cooking school?

With over 18 classes in the calendar, there’s a lot to learn.

Couples making food in a cooking school

From International Cuisine 

to Knife Skills,

Pastry, Cake and Pie making,

Kids Cooking,

Vegan,

Health and Nutrition,

there’s plenty to explore.

Are you learning to cook? Where did you learn your most recent cooking technique? Tell us how you are using your skills and techniques to enjoy a better food experience. 

Are you ready to cook? Or learn how to make cooking a fabulous activity?

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