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With Houston recently being dubbed the next culinary capital of not alone the States but the world, like-minded 'foodies' flock there for the myriad of highly regarded restaurants and cooking schools dotted across the South, North, Downton, and Midtown parts of the city.
Tex-Mex cuisine is known to be incredibly popular across H-Town, and this is due to the large Hispanic community constituting over 44% of the population as of 2011.
A recent study also found that of all cities across the United States, Houstonians dine out more regularly than any other US citizens, and the diverse selection of cuisines most certainly has something to do with this.
The culturally diverse population has meant that ethnic restaurants are a popular contribution to the cities array of public food places.
As well as Tex-Mex, Louisiana Creole is a popular and more traditional style of cuisine often associated as a staple make-up of the average Houstonians diet.
Stemming from the post World War II era, the food consists of fried chicken, black rice, shrimp creole, crawfish, and gumbo.
Such longstanding dishes are also a common favorite for the large concentration of tourists who visit the city each year.
As well as those aforementioned, other popular cuisine choices include:
- Vietnamese: migrants of Vietnam have been known to infuse their cooking principles with Louisiana-style dishes to attract the locals
- Barbecue: the city is known to be home to over 100 barbecue joints
- Po-boy: a traditional sandwich originating from the Louisiana area
- Various Middle Eastern cuisines.
Cultural diversity has allowed the cooking scene in Houston to thrive, but what is available when it comes to those looking to sharpen their skills in the kitchen?
Whether you're a seasoned professional or an aspiring junior chef in a modest restaurant, there are ample opportunities for those looking to improve on their cooking skills.
From informal cooking classes to established culinary schools in which students can receive accredited qualifications; the sky is certainly the limit for those looking to get involved.
If you are in-fact a beginner, and you feel you need a hand in learning the very basics before rustling up fine dining approved dishes, there is a certain conception within the industry as to what should be learned first before entering a competitive culinary environment.
Mastering basic knife skills. From dicing an onion to finely chopping garlic cloves, once mastered, a chef must do both with speed and precision.
The ability to skillfully multitask. A busy restaurant will have several kitchen staff working at high-intensity levels during the peak times of service. A chef must effectively time and execute their dishes so food is going out on time, whilst ensuring that all ingredients have been prepared accordingly.
A willingness to learn from those with more experience. A junior chef or apprentice must listen carefully to those that have worked in the profession, to help learn techniques from those with a greater level of understanding and expertise.
Most importantly, one must possess a strong passion for the job. It can be an incredibly tense and stressful environment in the kitchen, so why learn to become a chef if you aren't passionate about it?
Many chefs, including Gordon Ramsey and Rick Stein, have regularly parted with their valuable advice to up-and-coming cooking enthusiasts.
Each of the celebrity chefs have discussed how a passion for ingredients and a willingness to be creative are two of the most important aspects which separate the good from the great.
A cooking mentor/tutor will expedite both confidence and ability for aspiring culinary students.
Why not go it alone?
Almost all of the high profile chefs across the world could speak hours about the mentors they have looked up to in the past, and most of them would not be in the position they find themselves in today without support and direction from external sources; Jamie Oliver recently spoke of his influences and how multiple chefs had shaped his successes.
If you are a complete beginner, a tutor will assist you in:
Becoming acquainted with the kitchen. A chef must feel comfortable within their surroundings and maintaining a strong understanding of WHERE each item and appliance is located, whilst having a confident understanding of HOW and WHEN such items should be used is imperative.
Improve general cooking skills. From cooking classes/schools, culinary apprenticeships to specialist cooking tutors, you will be handed the opportunity to develop your cooking techniques to gain more confidence and fluency.
Helps to improve overall self-esteem. Having someone to guide you along the way will not alone help you to experience developments at a quicker and more effective rate, but it will strengthen tenacity and self-esteem, enhancing one's confidence to explore new ingredients whilst being more creative in the kitchen.
From culinary competitors with experience in cooking, baking, and plating education, to experienced cooks that specialize in Korean and Indian cooking, there is something for all Houstonians on the Superprof website.
From as little as $12 per hour, you can work alongside experienced chefs in supporting you to develop your skills.
Identifying the tutor's location whilst further establishing if they are willing to travel to your home (or vice versa) is also important as of course, such tutoring sessions are difficult to administer in a public setting.
Each chef available on the website also advises separate durations; with some more inclined to offer 2-3 hour sessions so various dishes can be created.
Don't forget your pen and paper. Cooking is all about timing, and the student must acknowledge the various times in which each ingredient within a dish must take to be prepared.
Looking to master a particular dish, maybe a Thai green curry or barbecue beef ribs, with the latter being a staple within the Houston cooking scene.
If so, highlighting this to your tutor prior to each cooking lesson is vital.
Furthermore, your cooking tutor will establish the ingredients required and the student is usually responsible for purchasing these prior to the commencement of each session.
The cost of cooking classes in and around the Houston area is about $24 for an hour.
The cost of your lessons will vary depending on:
The majority of teachers on Superprof offer their 1st lesson free.
Learning to cook is a favorite pastime for many people and offers a number of benefits. Not only is cooking a relaxing hobby but it can also be a very useful skills to have. Having a beginner level knowledge of cooking can help you to create delicious and healthy meals.
If you enjoy having people over, why not take a cooking lesson and learn a new recipe to impress your family with?
Learning to cook can also help you to save some money as cooking your own meals is less expensive than eating out in a restaurant.
Take cooking lessons and learn how to cook your favourite dishes with the help of a qualified teacher.
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In Houston and the suburban areas, there are 9 cooking tutors available to offer private courses
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