5 Lesser-known Benefits of Group Cooking Classes

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Cooking is one of life’s most essential skills, and while most of us can wrap our heads around a few basics, more advanced skills require tutelage to truly absorb and master. Unless you have a professional chef who’s eager to teach you in their spare time (something they probably don’t have a lot of to begin with), then your best bet is to enrol in a cooking class.

While there are many apparent benefits to joining a cooking class (learning to cook, learning food-safety practices, etc.), there are also some hidden and lesser-known benefits as well. Let’s take a look at some of the less obvious benefits of joining a professional, group cooking class.

5 Lesser-known Benefits of Group Cooking Classes

 

1.   Being exposed to new cuisines and recipes

One of the great things about joining a cooking class is that you’ll be exposed to new cuisines and recipes you might never have tried before. This will give you valuable experience with different cultures and cooking styles so that you can become a more well-rounded chef.

Take what you’ve learnt and start applying it at home – you’ll begin to introduce even more people to the cuisines and recipes you’ve discovered. The sharing of cultural information is one of the most significant benefits of cooking in general, so it’s always good to expand your knowledge any way you can.

2.   Meeting new people and making friends

One of the most talked-about benefits of attending cooking classes is all the friendships that form as a result of the shared love of cooking. Just like school or university, when you are in a class with other like-minded people, it’s easy to start bonding and swap stories, to help each other out, and to work together towards a common goal.

Some people have even found their future husband or wife after meeting them in a cooking class. After all, sharing a love of good food is one of the keys to a happy marriage!

3.   Fighting loneliness and isolation

Another great benefit of attending cooking classes is that you have an excuse to get out of the house and attend a social event with other people. This will help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation, which is particularly beneficial for people who are living alone, or who live with flatmates they are not very close with.

When you know how to cook, you can invite people over with the promise of a home-cooked meal from you – and in the meantime you will be able to socialise at your cooking classes.

4.   Getting physical exercise

While a cooking class isn’t the same as jogging on a treadmill for 30 minutes, it is still an activity that can require a fair amount of physical exertion. Depending on what you are cooking, you could be doing as much exercise as a small gym session (for example, using a rolling pin to make pizza bases is going to work out your arms and shoulders).

Make sure you don’t discount the physical benefits of getting out and participating in a cooking class!

5.   You will be a font of knowledge for others

When you start attending a cooking class, you can give cooking tips and tricks to people who know even less than you do. Eventually, you’ll be one of the most knowledgeable about cooking in many of your social circles, and it feels good when people turn to you for an authoritative opinion on something you’ve dedicated your time to studying.

There you have it; five of the lesser-known benefits of participating in group cooking classes.

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