Are Cooking Classes Worth It?

One of the most common questions I get asked is whether or not cooking classes are worth both the time and money.

While there are a ton of high quality and reputable classes out there such as Palate Sensations, this is certainly not true of every class or school you will encounter.

If I had to give a yes or no answer, I would definitely say that yes, cooking classes are indeed worth the time and money, but leaving it at a yes or no answer definitely does not do this topic justice.

Within the past decade or so, there have been a ton of new cooking shows, chefs, and guru’s. The sad truth is that most of these people are simply in it for the money, and don’t have any passion for cooking or teaching others how to cook.

It’s important to look at the chef you are planning on studying under in great detail. Some important things to look for include:

  • Length of time they have been a chef
  • Where they have worked
  • Types of foods they specialize in
  • How long have they been teaching
  • How does their program and price compare to other schools or chefs

This is definitely not a complete list of things to look at, but it should help you get a general feel for the person you’re planning on studying from.

One of the biggest red flags is a high price and a short length of time/experience from a chef. These people are the ones who are generally just in it for the money, and chances are, you won’t have a great experience.

On the flip side, if you find a school, class, or chef who has been in the business for quite some time, and seems to have a reasonable price, you may have just found yourself a winner.

In addition to looking at the attributes listed above, it’s always important to do your due diligence in checking out online reviews. If the class has been around for awhile, there are definitely going to be reviews out there. Absence of any reviews is an immediate red flag.

When checking for reviews, look at the reviewers profile and see if they have left review for any companies or products in the past. Another red flag to watch out for is reviewers who have ONLY reviewed the class or product you’re interested in, as they could be fake accounts.


Overall, cooking classes and schools are an excellent idea, and can really give you the jump start you need to start a career or in-depth hobby. As long as you take your time researching you’re guaranteed to have a great experience!

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