Nothing unites people like a good meal, so wherever you are in the world, picking up skills of the local cuisine is a way of taking a little piece of the place home with you. Your family and friends will thank you a lot more for a plate of authentic food than if you bring them back a crappy snowglobe. Make kimchi in Korea, pizza in Naples or Ratatouille in France, and never think of the food in the same way again.
Taking a foreign cooking class is a great way to meet new people, immerse yourself in the local culture and pick up some new tricks in the kitchen. Whether you fancy trying something completely new to your palette or want to perfect and an old favourite, learning from the best in their home country is a whole new ball game. A lot of classes include tours of the food markets so you can really experience the dish from start to finish.
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With so many different types of cuisine, there really is an option for every budget. If you’re after a one-off class whilst you visit a new country, you can get some pretty good deals from about £30. If you’re looking for a regular, professional course, you’ll pay a lot more.
If you’re after a hidden gem, take a look at classes which are based at small farms or B&Bs. They’re often family-run and focused on giving you a really personalised experience. They’re also often mini-holidays so get to spend a lot of time learning the cuisine.
Most foreign cooking classes are designed for tourists as the locals obviously already know the food. So, you’ll be able to pick things up easily and make friends with other people in the class. If this isn’t the case, the language will be made clear before you sign up.
If you’re allergic to something, take a good look at the course itinerary of what you’ll be cooking before you book. Also, be sure to tell the course instructor before you book and reiterate it when you arrive to be safe.
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