I definitely like to watch (with a glass of wine preferably). The reason being, I don’t really think a cooking teacher can divide his or her attention equally when going from station to station checking out people’s efforts, giving advice etc. Also, I’m a visual learner. I like to watch how it’s done-I just remember it better that way, then I’ll have a go in my own time without the pressure of someone looking over my shoulder.
Of course, just like school, people have different ways of taking in information. I have to admit too, that I have a short attention span. I need recipes to be quick, easy and give great results; being a single mum for ten years; there was no choice in my household and today I still have little tolerance for long winded recipes. Don’t get me wrong, I want to cook from scratch and I do, but the best cooking classes for me are based on practical, down to earth advice. If you can make it quicker, better, easier and tell me something I don’t already know (as the recent few programmes of Heston have) then I’m happy.
So how about you dear blog readers? Do you like to get your hands in when you do a class or just observe? And what’s the best cooking class you’ve ever done?