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Cooking is one of those skills that everyone should have but surprisingly few of us do. Fortunately, it's also one of those skills that you can learn at any age. Knowing what's in your food and how it was prepared is important for your diet and cooking can also be an enjoyable and rewarding thing to do at home.
With that in mind, let's look at why you should learn some cookery skills, the challenges you'll face when learning to prepare food, what we learn about cooking in school, and how private tuition can help you get better at cookery.
Firstly, we all need food and cooking is a skill that allows you to be in control of the food that you eat. Unless you have your own chef, then it's very likely that you either need to make your own food or buy food that's very easy to prepare. Usually, the type of food that can be made in a matter of minutes is rarely good for your health.
Secondly, learning more about cookery will help you to learn more about nutrition and give you the skills you need to start preparing healthy and better food. After all, not all of it will be healthy, but at least that will be your choice.
Finally, if you're interested in cooking professionally, then you'll have to study cookery. Whether you want to become a chef in a restaurant or work in catering, then cooking skills are a must.
Obviously, if cooking or learning to cook was so easy, everyone would be doing it. While making simple dishes can be learnt in a very short time, training as a chef or even just getting the necessary experience in cooking can take ages. Becoming a professional chef will take longer than learning to cook for yourself but it's still quite the commitment in terms of time.
As the saying goes, "time is money", so if you want to learn how to cook, unless you teach yourself, you'll probably need to pay for it. Cookery classes and courses can be quite expensive depending on what type of cooking you're learning and that's before you've invested in any of the equipment. While you won't need to buy much equipment for cooking courses, you will need to have the same equipment at home if you want to replicate what you learn to make in class.
Life also can get in the way of learning to cook. Our jobs will often leave us with too little time to learn how to cook. If you get home from a long day at work, you mightn't have the time to waste looking for recipes, getting the ingredients, preparing them, and cooking them. Our busy lives are the reason we tend to go for easier options like ready-meals or takeaways.
For most students in school, they will have the option to take cooking classes. When it comes to GCSE, they can study the Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE. While many students are discouraged from taking subjects that are traditionally considered to be less "academic", Food Preparation and Nutrition is a subject that will teach them life skills that they will actually use once they're done with school.
Let's have a look at exactly what they can learn about cooking and food at GCSE.
The course will cover food nutrition for good health, teaching students what they should and shouldn't be eating in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, they'll also look at nutrition, energy, nutrients, food additives and fortification, water and fibre, health issues, and vegetarianism and veganism.
They'll also learn about shopping for food in their GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition classes. They'll learn about where food comes from, being an effective consumer, the options they have when shopping, decision making when buying food, how food is labelled, food safety, and food allergy and intolerance.
Of course, a GCSE isn't the only way to learn about cooking and given how broad a subject it can be, you might want to consider a different kind of learning experience. With private tutors, students can learn about exactly what they want in a way that works for them.
The lessons will cover what the student needs to know so if the tutor is helping them with their GCSE or a university course, they can focus on what they need to know for the exams. If the student is training to become a professional chef, then the teaching can focus on that.
You don't need to be studying cooking at school or university to learn from a tutor, though. If you just want to get better at cooking, a tutor can teach you how to make the food you like.
If you're looking for a private cooking tutor in Sheffield or South Yorkshire, consider searching for one on Superprof! You can get face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, or group tutorials and each course comes with its pros and cons.
Face-to-face tutorials are great for hands-on subjects like cooking but you will pay a premium for tailored teaching.
Online lessons are better for the academic or theoretical aspects of cooking and tend to be cheaper as the tutor won't have to travel.
Group tutorials are great for people on a budget as a few of you can get together and learn how to cook while sharing the cost of the tutor's time.
Make sure that you check to see whether the tutor offers the first lesson for free. You may want to try a few different tutors out before choosing the right one for you and this is how you can do just that without spending any money.
View each tutor's profile and see what experience they have, how much they charge, and what their previous students had to say about them and their teaching.
The price of cooking lessons in and around the Sheffield area is about £11 an hour.
The price of your lessons will vary depending on:
The majority of private tutors on Superprof will give the first session free.
Learning to cook is a favourite pastime for many people and offers a number of benefits. Not only is cooking a relaxing hobby but it can also be a very useful skills to have. Having a basic knowledge of cooking can help you to create delicious and healthy meals.
If you enjoy hosting, why not take a cooking lesson and learn a new dish to impress your friends with?
Learning to cook can also help you to save some money as cooking your own meals is less expensive than going to in a restaurant.
Take cooking lessons and learn how to cook your favourite dishes with the help of a competent private teacher.
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In Sheffield and the suburban areas, there are 14 cooking teachers available to offer lessons
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From a sample of 1 scores, pupils gave their cooking teachers an average of 5.0 out of five.
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