Culinary School as a Business
The business in the field of educational services is becoming more and more popular: early development schools for children, language courses, drawing schools for children and adults, etc. The number of different training centers, courses and schools is increasing every year, and with each competition growing the segment there are more and more of their species. Such, for example, include cooking schools.
This is a relatively new phenomenon. With the growth of people’s well-being, their interest in good nutrition increases. They visit restaurants, get acquainted with dishes of cuisine from around the world, and then want to learn how to cook them at home and learn all the wisdom of culinary art. In this case, cooking schools or cooking studios come to their aid. Often they are created on the basis of an existing cafe or restaurant. Thus, school owners save on renting space and the necessary equipment for conducting classes. However, a school can be created from scratch. The costs in this case will, of course, be greater, but, on the other hand, opening a culinary school is much easier and cheaper than a catering establishment. So if you want to do restaurant business, but do not have the necessary capital and / or knowledge for this, then a culinary school will be the best option to start.
Literally twenty years ago it was difficult to imagine the existence of special schools where people are taught how to cook. Of course, on the shelves of bookstores there are a huge number of cookbooks. They are bright and beautiful, with detailed illustrations and a description of each stage in the preparation of a particular dish. In addition to books, there are a large number of television programs and video instructions for preparing any dishes – from ordinary to the most exotic. Despite this, people are very pleased to attend cooking classes. Among the advantages of the latter are called visibility, the ability to get specialist help and ask your questions to an expert (neither books nor programs will help), the presence of all the necessary ingredients and products (components for preparing exotic dishes are difficult to find on sale). Finally, the courses involve active communication.
So, what is needed in order to open your own culinary school. First of all, you need a room. In the absence of your own cafe or restaurant, there are two options for solving the problem with the area – rent a suitable room and equip it yourself, or arrange with the owner of an already functioning cafe to conduct classes in his kitchen on certain days. Classes are usually held in the evening on weekdays and on weekends. The option of renting a cafe is less expensive, because if you rent a separate room, then you will have to bring the necessary communications, make repairs, install special equipment. Accordingly, the costs will be higher. On the other hand, cooking classes are usually held at least two to three times a week. The duration of one lesson is, on average, 3-4 hours, and the number of people in the group should not be more than ten people (and best of all – 5-7). Only in this way will the leader be able to pay attention to all the “disciples”. In this case, classes can be held in two shifts – in the morning / afternoon and evening. Thus, it will be quite difficult to find a cafe whose management agrees to rent their kitchen so often and for such a long time.
The room where classes will be held at your culinary school should be located in free access both by personal car and by public transport from anywhere in the city where the culinary studio is located. Indeed, many of your students will come to classes by public transport. If you are opening courses in a large city, then you can consider renting a room in a densely populated sleeping area. In addition to location, the second criterion for choosing an area is the availability of all necessary communications. With this, most likely, there will be no problems. However, repairs still have to be done. You can do with a more budget option or order a design project from specialists. The interior design of your “classroom” can be both neutral and thematic (if your school specializes in a particular world cuisine). Although spending money on designers is not necessary at all. You can ceramic tile floors and part of the walls so that it is easier to wash them after class. And individual decorative elements (cutting boards with decor, pots, dishes, bunches of herbs, etc.) will set the necessary “mood” for the entire interior.
Furniture (work tables, chairs, racks, shelves for food storage), equipment (refrigerators, stoves, cooker hoods, etc.), utensils, cutlery, crockery, etc. can be purchased in specialized stores. When planning the premises, look at the photos of the interiors of other culinary schools. Take into account all the nuances.