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re: cooking classes The Great Hall: re: cooking classes
By Katashenka (Katashenka) on Wednesday, July 07, 2004 - 04:56 pm: Edit

Hello everyone. I'm new on this site, but have been reading for a while. I have a question that I'd like to pose to all of you who have done any kind of cooking class. How much per peson should I charge? It's being held in an upscale kitchenware store and the owner is interested mainly because of the sales she expects it to generate. A meal will probably be provided as part of the experience. The customers (and, therefore, students) are mostly women with too much money and time on their hands. Also, how much should the store-owner get as her percentage? I will be providing all the promotional and class materials. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

By Jonesg (Jonesg) on Wednesday, July 07, 2004 - 06:56 pm: Edit

Doesn't that depend on your cooking abilities somewhat?

I've done this in the past with Williams Sonoma, I didn't charge anything as I got publicity in return.

If you were also catering this would be a very good way to generate new clients.
Personally I would omit their full meal but give them a taste, less shopping, less prep ,less cost and less cleanup. That would also allow you to charge a smaller fee, $25 maybe.

By Steve9389 (Steve9389) on Thursday, July 08, 2004 - 11:30 am: Edit

I'm doing a 4-session class for our local park department, which is being held in a newly renovated church kitchen. Minimum number of students is 10, maximum is 20. The park department charges whatever the teacher chooses, then tacks on an administrative fee and facility rental.

This is my first time with this sort of thing as well, so I figured out the food cost (conservatively, $10 per person per class) and charged it out at a 33% food cost, so I'm getting $30 per person per class, or $120 per person total. The park department is adding either $5 or $10 per person per session, meaning the whole class will be $140-$160 per person, with 4 nice meals included. If my calculations are not horribly wrong, I'll clear $800 if the minimum 10 people sign up for it.

By Chefmanny (Chefmanny) on Sunday, July 11, 2004 - 09:43 pm: Edit

It depends....who's buying the food??? much food???sampling??/full meal?????
It's better if you only do the cooking and get a flat fee, the running around is a pain!!!!!
I charge $35.00 per hour, in the client's home, five hour minimum just for labor, if they get the groceries, fine. If I get the groceries, I charge for that time also.

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