Homeschooled: How to Run Cooking Classes from Your Home Kitchen


Harness your expertise in cooking, recipe development, and share your knowledge with students — all without renting space or handing over the majority of your profits to a traditional cooking school. We will cover essential tools you need to set up your business, such as defining your target market and carving out a niche, growing your client base and newsletter list, setting up a website and outfitting your kitchen with the necessary equipment. We’ll also delve into the nitty gritty of logistics, such as LLCs, insurance, liability, and health code concerns, to help you get off on the right foot or chart new paths with your business.

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Barbara Pool Fenzl is the owner of Les Gourmettes Cooking School in Phoenix, established in 1983, the television host of the PBS series, “Savor the Southwest,” a regular guest on “Your Life A to Z,” and the author of three cookbooks on the cuisine of the Southwest. She is a past president of IACP and served on the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Awards Committee for 10 years.

Houston-based cooking instructor, recipe developer, and food writer Marcia W. Smart is the owner of Smart in the Kitchen. She teaches weekly cooking classes from her home as well as  regularly scheduled classes at the Central Market Cooking School. Her freelance articles and recipes have appeared in Cooking Light, Sunset, Houston Chronicle, Parenting, American Health, Robb Report, Houston, and Safeway magazine.

Brooke Daniel, owner of Figlia Kitchen, operates Houston’s only kids’ culinary teaching kitchen. After Brooke’s daughter competed on Food Network’s Chopped Jr., the two decided to establish a place where kids and families can have fun learning and connecting in the kitchen. Figlia Kitchen offers kids’ weekly classes, birthday parties, cooking camps, Girl Scout troop and charity culinary events and more. Brooke is a mom of two and has a passion for growing kids’ confidence and self-esteem through independent cooking. More than just topping pizzas and making sundaes, kids at Figlia Kitchen make dishes any adult would be proud to create and serve.

Pamela Salzman teaches cooking classes full-time from her home and private homes throughout Los Angeles. Her first cookbook, “Kitchen Matters” was published in June 2017. Pamela is also a food blogger, holistic health counselor, and the culinary nutritionist for Clean Eating Magazine. She lives in Manhattan Beach, California with her husband and three children.

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