A Guide On How To Start Cooking

Published on May 3, 2016

The interest for cooking strikes people in different times of their lives. Some have a passion for it from a very young age, probably inspired by joining their parents or grandparents in the kitchen at an early stage in their lives. Others find the interest in a more difficult part of their lives, like when they move out of home or move overseas; nothing inspires you to learn to cook like having to eat take-out for a few months straight.

Whatever the case may be, cookery-knowledge is not a blessing that people are simply born with.

Sure, some just know exactly what to add where to make food taste heavenly—and we call it a talent. Most though, acquire this knowledge with years of practice and a few burnt and inedible recipes along the way.

If you want to start cooking, but don’t really know how or where to begin, don’t be overwhelmed. The culinary world is a friendly place! Moreover, we hope that the tips below would be able to help you out with what you need to know before you start cooking…

Lessons and video tutorials

If you’re really interested, and if you are an absolute beginner, then we’re sure that the idea of joining a few cooking classesmust have crossed your mind at least once. While it’s true that most people learn quite a bit through lessons like this, it’s also a fact that not all of them enjoy those lessons. Consider watching a few cookery demonstration videos online instead. YouTube has many rising chefs (and established ones) who share their thoughts and tips for absolute beginner. It’s a plus that you can watch these videos in your own schedule; you can check and have idea of catering in Hong Kong.

Start Cooking

Cooking classes are a great option for a person aspiring to be a chef though, as most reputed classes teach knife skills as well as the tricks of the trade.

A tip to remember

Always start small. As tempting as it may be to start off learning to make a full blown elaborated dinner, it’s not the best place to start. More often than not, people try out a few difficult recipes, and then give up on cooking itself because they found it too hard and tiring. Select a few simple recipes with little ingredients and simple procedures to start off your culinary journey. Remember the movie “Julie and Julia”? Perhaps you remember Julia Child’s first meal in France in the movie; the sole meunière. That’s a great example for a dish that has humble ingredients and only requires the most basic kitchen skills.

It’s just the name that sounds fancy…!

Skills to achieve

Give yourself small tasks to complete. For example, learning a few basic knife skills can definitely change your life. We recommend that you watch Jamie Oliver’s knife skills video (which you can find online) for a quick and simple version. Once you’ve mastered knives, promote yourself to “egg mastering”. Research on the different ways of cooking eggs and how to get around to cooking it in each way. Then try to find a few simple recipes that you could make using your “mastered” egg skills.

Truly, it doesn’t matter where you start. All that matters is that you have fun and experiment with your cooking.