A recipe for hosting a perfect cooking workshop

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Ready to share your secret recipes with other eager cooks? A cooking workshop is one of the most rewarding ways to pass down your skills in the kitchen, be it teaching an old family recipe, a specialty meal from your travels, or that signature dish your friends can’t stop raving about.

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the basics of planning and promoting a workshop, check out the following steps for a top-grade cooking class.

Teach the Dishes You Know Best

This may sound like a basic first step, but knowledge is key. The recipes you choose should be ones you’re really familiar with, and ideally that you’ve experimented with in various kitchens. They might stem from your personal go-to recipes, be something you went to school to learn, or items that were passed down to you that you’re excited to re-share.

Before your big day, consider doing a test-run with friends, and asking for lots of feedback. There are certain steps that will seem second nature to you, but that might be complicated for newbies. One of the best parts of cooking classes is learning little tips and tricks that more seasoned chefs take for granted—like hacks for peeling a head of garlic in under 10 seconds.

Finally, if you haven’t taken a cooking class yourself, there’s no time like the present. Other people’s workshops are a great way to learn the tricks of the trade, to see what works and what doesn’t, and to get inspired for your own cooking workshop.

Discover Your Niche, and Get into Theme

Once you know which dish(es) you’ll be teaching, think of the broader theme for your class, and who might be interested in that niche. As an example, one Fieldtripp host, Rooted Nutrition, specializes in healthy cooking classes that are focused on cooking with whole foods.

Getting specific not only helps you tell a better story, but also lets you tap into like-minded people who will be genuinely excited about your workshop. Have fun with the visuals and messaging, and be sure to run your ideas by friends for feedback.

Create a Mouth-Watering Listing

When it’s time for promotion and you have your messaging down, use Fieldtripp to create a beautiful listing. Include descriptive text that draws on your theme, and make sure to include lots of enticing imagery, whether it’s of the foods and spices you’ll be cooking with, or other photos that help set the tone (Tuscany at sunset, anyone?).

For inspiration, take a look at the True Nosh host page, which links to upcoming workshops. Notice how detailed their descriptions are, and the variety of photos.

Link Your Website to Fieldtripp

If you have your own website, make sure you link to Fieldtripp to make it as easy as possible for guests to book their spot. True Nosh links to Fieldtripp from their website to handle everything related to workshop bookings, from tracking views, to sending reminder emails, to processing payments, to handling cancellations.

Confidence Comes from Being Prepared

Make sure you don’t run out of thyme 😉 In all seriousness though, make sure you take the time to think through logistics. Your run-through with friends will help ensure you don’t miss major details, but make sure you consider things like:

  • Printing recipe cards in advance (a local print shop will always trump your home printer)
  • Testing any and all equipment and tools before the workshop
  • Timing how long prep, cooking, and presentation take in a larger group (if you’re tight on time, you may want to wash and pre-chop before the workshop gets started)
  • Getting help from an assistant (or willing friend)
  • Have a photo—or live display—of the final presentation for people to model after

Ready to get started? Become a Fieldtripp host, and start planning your cooking workshop now.

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