What are the Different Types of Couples Cooking Classes?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

Couples cooking classes are a great way for couples to learn a new skill, have fun, and enjoy each other's company. There are couples cooking classes for people at all levels. There are some, for example, for beginners who don't know how to do much more than make toast, microwave popcorn, and coffee. There are also classes for the gourmand couples who have been cooking together and studying various cuisines for years.

Couples cooking classes can help couples learn to work as a team in the kitchen.
Couples cooking classes can help couples learn to work as a team in the kitchen.

Beginning-level cooking classes are great for couples who want to start doing more cooking at home and eating less prepared or pre-packaged foods. These classes often cover the basics of cooking and will cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes. Some of these classes also include instruction on how to make easy desserts and complete simple baking projects. Other, more advanced classes, might delve into subtle techniques that can be used to improve the outcome of one's cooking. At the end of each class, the couple should have developed or added on to their cooking skills and also learned how to make a few dishes from start to finish.

Some couples cooking classes only meet one time. These classes usually focus on a specific dish or technique. A couple who wants to begin baking all of their own bread, for example, might take a one-time class in bread making. It is more common for cooking classes to span a few weeks or even months, meeting once or twice per week.

Cooking classes that are geared specifically toward couples often focus on how two people can work as a team in the kitchen, making cooking projects faster and easier. It is common for lessons in these classes to focus on both teamwork and making sure not to get in the way of the other person while cooking. Couples can also take cooking classes that are open to single people as well, or people who are attending without their partner, but teamwork may not be part of the curriculum.

Sometimes couples cooking classes focus on a specific kind of cuisine such as Mexican, Indian, or Japanese. These classes are usually intended for couples who already have some cooking experience, but want to learn new recipes and techniques so that they can make dishes that they've never created before. Other couples cooking classes focus on budget and help couples to learn how they can have delicious meals three times a day, every day of the week while also saving money on their food bills.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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