Cooking Schools Hope to Capitalize on Home Cooking Trend

Cooking Schools Hope to Capitalize on Home Cooking Trend

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Cooking Schools Hope to Capitalize on Home Cooking Trend


By Cari Martens

With the economy keeping more people at home in the kitchen instead of dining out at expensive restaurants, new cooking schools are popping up to fill a need and fuel a passion.

Writing for the Washington Post, Jane Black noted that, in the D.C. area alone, four new cooking schools have just opened or have plans to open soon.

Though most people are cutting back on nearly everything these days, the cooking classes are viewed as a value when compared to an evening out at a fancy restaurant. Ms. Black quotes Maria Kopsidas, owner of the cooking school Cookology, who says, ‘At a class, you’re in there getting some skills, a glass of wine, talking to the chef and eating your creation.’ Classes at Cookology range in price from $40 to $60 per.

Kopsidas says her school targets the ‘suburban foodie.’ Rather than haute cuisine, the focus is on new, budget friendly ideas—dishes like salmon with smashed potatoes and grilled asparagus.

Susan Holt is co-owner of another new school in the area, CulinAerie. She says, ‘If you eat three courses at a restaurant with wine, you’d be lucky to escape with tax and tip for $85. Here you get the meal, wine and instruction. People feel they get value.” Some of CulinAerie’s most popular offerings are courses in knife skills and fish preparation. The school also conducts classes in Indian cooking and wine pairing.

Cooking schools enable those getting reacquainted with their kitchen stove to brush up their rusty cooking skills and to expand their repertoire of dishes that they can prepare with confidence. We expect the expansion of cooking schools to continue as the recession rolls on, and even beyond.

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