Many people eagerly anticipate our cooking classes here at 25 Mushrooms. It’s a friendly atmosphere, set inside a well-designed venue, and we are very pleased about that in the humblest sense. If you’ve booked a class with us, you are in food a good amount of learning, but also, a good measure of punctuality and discipline. After all, the best cooks are those who squeeze out everything from their learning experiences! Here are some ways you can prepare to attend a class here at the school — or any cooking class that you might find yourself in, for that matter!
1. Know the syllabus and course outline.
Remember how when we were in grade school, we were taught that the proper way to read a book was the go through the Contents page and then scan the book quickly? It is the same with your cooking class. Before you arrive at class, know what to expect by studying the course outline. This is a good practice so that you won’t be caught unaware during class, and you can anticipate certain tasks. This helps relax you a bit during class, too.
2. Research aspects of the course outline.
Of course, when you arrive in class, you will take up everything there is lined up in the course outline. Still, there is nothing stopping you from reading up on certain practices and preparing yourself for those practices beforehand. For instance, our classes always include basic knife skills. You can watch tutorials online to help you internalize these skills, so that when you arrive to class, you will have some sort of preparation. (We recommend watching tutorials on food preparation, like how to chop onions or garlic, for instance, or how to julienne vegetables. There are many things you can actually learn online, for free, which can help you prepare for hands-on lessons during class.)
3. Get familiar with pantry staples.
Any good home cook will familiar himself or herself with the basics of every pantry. Your pantry is your cooking arsenal, and knowing what goes into a well-stocked pantry is key to your cooking practice! You can search websites for checklists on what to include in your pantry, based on the cuisines you are preparing to learn. For instance, the basic Filipino pantry could include varieties of rice, soy sauce, vinegar, cooking oil, onions, garlic, tomatoes, patis, rock salt, fresh black pepper, bottled preserved fish, dried fish.
4. Study basic food safety skills.
Food safety skills are an essential part of cooking classes, and sometimes the most overlooked or forgotten! Get plus points for your food safety know-how by reading books and watching tutorials. (We recommend Jamie Oliver’s show Save with Jamie, which has a weekly portion on food safety concerning leftovers and their shelf life — a great resource when working with leftovers.)
Knowing these simple cooking class preparation tips can help you so much as you await your next class! Becoming an expert in them will not only give you an edge in class, but will also make you a better home cook and home manager overall.
Do you have any tips to share, on how to prepare for our cooking classes? Do share them in the comments below!