By Laura Dolman
One of the best things about living in a city such as Toronto is there are so many opportunities to learn new skills, such as cooking.
If you’ve never cooked a day in your life and struggle to boil water, there’s a class for that. If you’re the best of the best and want to develop your molecular gastronomy skillset, there’s a class for that, too.
The only issue with having so many options is that sometimes more is not always better and you just end up feeling overwhelmed. Knowing what’s right, what’s appropriate and suitable for you, is hard to determine. TorontoCooking.ca hosts information on cooking classes and they are searchable by desired type and by region.
A few noteworthy classes:
Many people struggle with changing dietary needs and food allergies and have run out of creative ways to cook at home.
Marni Wasserman offers some amazing specialty diet and weight-loss specific cooking classes in her studio near Bayview Avenue and York Mills Road.
Her classes are designed to encourage the love of food, but in healthy, fun ways. Many of her classes are vegetarian friendly, nut-free, gluten-free and dairy free as well. Some of her upcoming classes include Fit and Fabulous, Healthy Desserts and Mother’s Day Brunch.
We think you will find Wasserman’s love for healthy food truly contagious.
Couples' cooking class
Looking for a unique anniversary, birthday or Valentine’s Day present for a loved one?
A couples cooking class is the perfect choice. It’s a great way to bond, interact and have fun together, over something we all love to focus on – food.
Aphrodite Cooks is a great place in Toronto for couples-oriented cooking classes. Around Valentine’s Day they always have a couples class dedicated to romantic food. This year they had a Hot & Spicy theme, which featured mini chipotle shrimp tostadas and ancho-chili chocolate mousse with raspberries and balsamic reduction.
What a great way to try something new, meet interesting people and walk away with some take-home recipes to impress your future dinner guests.
One of the best things a parent can do for their children is teach them healthy eating habits, which goes hand in hand with learning to cook at home.
I always loved helping my mom in the kitchen when I was young, if it was just to lick the beaters after mixing up delicious cake batter or icing.
The Chef Upstairs offers great children and teen cooking classes. Both of these classes not only teach cooking skills but safety in the kitchen and proper food preparation. Classes are always hands-on and for the children’s classes, parents are allowed to stay and watch if they’d like. The Chef Upstairs is a 100 per cent peanut and nut-free environment.
These are just three examples of many amazing cooking classes being offered in this wonderful city of ours. We encourage you to take time to explore all the wonderful possibilities. Tell us about your experiences – we’d love to hear them.
Laura Dolman loves all things food and is happiest when cooking up new and exciting recipes, especially one with lots of heat! Laura is the social media and public relations representative for TorontoCooking.ca, which is committed to help others discover their inner chef by providing a one-stop resource for recipes and tips, cooking classes, specialty ingredient stores and more.