Baking, Cooking, Kitchen Management: Which Class for My Domestic Helper?

Cooking is one of the finest skills one can master. Surely all cooks aren’t chefs but with practice, anyone can sharpen their culinary skills and prepare savoury dishes.

Baking classes

Baking is a particular form of food preparation which consists of cooking food through exposure to dry heat, typically in an oven, without directly exposing it to a flame.

 

What will my domestic worker get to learn?

By signing your helper up for a class and depending on the curriculum, your helper will gain knowledge about the various aspects of the baking process.

She might learn about modes and temperatures, understand how to properly use the oven and find out more about how temperature actually impacts the baking process.

She might get introduced to baking ingredients and tools and know all about:

  • Picking the right ingredients and combining them properly;
  • Substituting ingredients;
  • Using yeast and understanding how it works;
  • Using the different utensils e.g. measuring cups and spoons, bread pans, baking trays, etc.

She might get to explore fundamental baking techniques – such as shaping and scoring bread, making pie and pizza dough by hand, making cakes or kneading – and learn baking tips and tricks e.g. cake decoration, sugar caramelization, icing, etc.

Why should I sign my domestic helper up?

By equipping your domestic helper with the right baking tools, she will be able to bake cakes and pies for any party or celebration you might throw!

She will be able to pass on that knowledge to your children. Baking can be a fun and entertaining activity for children and a nice way to spend time with your helper – what best than spending a rainy afternoon making candy and baking delicious cakes in various shapes!

By mastering the oven, your helper will be able to prepare your daily meals too e.g. making delicious quiches, stuffed tomatoes, roasted chicken, minced pies, casseroles, etc.

Rather than sending their helper to a baking class, some employers opt-in for showing them how to prepare a given dish. Whether you should train your helper yourself is really up to you – obviously, that is, if you have the right skills and time to dedicate to her training or if you want her to follow your own recipe!

 

Where to look for in Hong Kong?

  • For just 500 HKD, your helper will learn how to make English scones, chiffon cake, and pecan pie among other things at Towngas Cooking Centre.
  • Complete Deelite runs several baking workshops ranging from cake decoration to making a red velvet cake from scratch.

 

Cooking classes

Cooking refers to the skill to prepare food by combining in the right proportions, mixing, and heating ingredients, with or without following a recipe.

 

What will my domestic worker get to learn?

The learning outcomes will obviously depend on the curriculum i.e. the recipes that will be taught. By signing your domestic worker to a cooking class you can expect her to gain knowledge of:

  • Food basics and develop foundational cooking skills g. picking the right ingredients, cleaning fish, preparing vinaigrettes, etc.
  • The various cooking methods g. frying, boiling, steaming, grilling, roasting, etc. and understanding their benefits.
  • The proper use of cooking utensils g. pressure cooker, knives, etc.
  • Foundational recipes and techniques to cook healthily or meet the demands of a particular diet.

 

Why should I sign my domestic helper up?

Signing her up for a class will enable her to master the most important kitchen tools and equipment and become more organised in the kitchen, quicker at preparing meals, and thus more efficient.

She will get to expand her cooking repertoire and prepare diversified and healthier meals, and cook various types of cuisine – be it French, Chinese, Arabic or Indian – based on your preferences or simply more satisfying meals.

Where to look for in Hong Kong?

  • Sign your helper up for hands-on French cuisine classes with HK French Cooking Class. For just HK$700, your helper will master an entire menu of mouth-watering dishes with dessert.
  • The HelperChoice Academy runs cooking classes, accessible via an affordable subscription which enables helper students to enjoy a la carte training services. Your helper will get to master a wide range of dishes upon completion: Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Asian, Western meals…

 

Kitchen management classes

Kitchen management encompasses key aspects – such as cost control, the use, and management of appliances, food supply, health, and safety – to prepare food in ideal conditions.

 

What will my domestic worker get to learn?

The learning outcomes of a kitchen management class depend on the syllabus but you can expect your domestic helper to learn all about:

  • Kitchen set-up and organization;
  • Meal planning and sticking to a budget;
  • Some of the basics in the area of kitchen safety and sanitation g. washing produce properly, storing and refrigerating food, cleaning and sanitizing contact surfaces, and reusing leftovers.

 

Why should I sign my domestic helper up?

Developing organizational and meal planning skills will render her more efficient and ensure that she won’t be caught off guard while limiting food waste.

By creating awareness on how important safety and sanitation are, your helper will be more likely to pay greater attention to food preparation in order to guarantee that the food that is consumed by your family is safe (on top of being delicious!).

 

Where to look for in Hong Kong?

  • SuperHelper has designed a 12-hour household management training course which includes modules on Cleaning Tools and Techniques, Task Scheduling and Safe Home Care for just 1,200 HKD.
  • The HelperChoice Academy runs classes targeted at domestic helpers to teach them the basics of domestic chores management and how to follow recipes for good results.

 

There are various options out there. Before you get the ball rolling, keep in mind that picking a class that meets your domestic helper’s needs certainly is the most important criteria.