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How To Host Your First Cooking Class — The Complete Guide

October 3, 2023

Written by

Lucas H

What’s Inside

Step 1 — The Planning Phase
Step 2 — Landing on the Right Venue
Step 3 — Spreading the Word
Step 4 — The Execution
Step 5 — Post-Event Follow-Up

Learn everything you need to know about how to host a cooking class. Get ready to share your culinary passion with the world!


How do I make my cooking class interactive?

Turn your class into an interactive experience to keep your attendees engaged and interested. Encourage students to ask questions and give their comments throughout the class. Motivate everyone to take part in the cooking process, including activities like measuring ingredients, stirring the pot, and taste-testing. You can add some fun elements to the process as well, including blind ingredient taste testing and basic cooking trivia games.

How long should my cooking class be?

The length of your cooking class depends on your chosen theme and menu. Generally, cooking classes range from one to three hours. Identify your target audience to gain an understanding of their schedules before you decide on the length of your class. You want to make sure to accommodate the majority of your students.

How many people should I invite to my cooking class?

The number of people you invite to your cooking class will depend on the size of your chosen venue and the equipment you have available. Given that it’s your first class, it’s best to stick to a small group of around four to six people to give yourself a smooth start. You can then ease yourself into accommodating more people as you gain more experience and upgrade your cooking class venue.

How much should I charge for my cooking class?

The price of your cooking class depends on the ingredients, equipment, and venue costs at play. You should also factor in the amount of time and effort you put into planning and executing the class and how complex the recipes are. Do some research on chefs offering similar classes to get an idea of how much to charge for your class and what people are willing to spend. You can also offer discounts for referrals and early registration.

What should I do if someone has a dietary restriction or food allergy?

Make sure to ask your attendees about any dietary restrictions or food allergies ahead of time, and plan your menu accordingly. You may need to offer substitutions or alternative recipes for those with restrictions. Make sure to clearly label any dishes that contain allergens, and be prepared to answer questions about the recipe ingredients.


If you’re confident in your culinary expertise and would love to share your gift with others, cooking classes are a great route to take. The industry shows great promise and does have a few challenges, but those shouldn’t scare away a passionate teacher. We hope this article has helped you understand how to host your first cooking class and hopefully you’ll have an exciting adventure awaiting you!

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