Are there any cooking classes for domestic helpers?
By planning menus, choosing recipes, buying ingredients and preparing meals, domestic helpers can have a huge impact on the health and happiness of the families they work for. However, levels of cooking skills amongst domestic helpers vary, as do the cooking preferences of employers.
Some helpers already have a wealth of food preparation experience and skill. Their reputations as cooks who can whip up delicious meals for parties may actually be the main reason they were hired. However, while they may have experience with one or more types of cuisine, some helpers may not be as familiar with other types of cuisines you may be interested in. For example, when Elsa first began working for us, she could prepare amazing Filipino, Chinese, Indonesian and Malaysian dishes but had not had the opportunity to become familiar with Western cooking.
Other helpers, including those, perhaps, who are relatively young and less experienced, may have more basic food-related skills. At the same time, some employers may prioritize tasks other than cooking (e.g. childcare) so any food-related tasks such as grocery shopping and/or food preparation might be more of an “added bonus”.
Employee experience and employer priorities are just two of the many things to consider as you step into the role of a “home kitchen manager” with your helper. Below are a few helpful resources to guide you as you get started, including the book I wrote with input from my helper, “Home Cooking East & West”. It is our hope that employers and helpers will use this book together & that it will help foster kitchen happiness, healthy meals & happy people.
This post was contributed by Natalia Morrison, Author of Home Cooking East & West.
Home Cooking East & West by Natalia Morrison & Elsa Amistad
Home Cooking East & West is a unique cookbook featuring:
- Over 160 easy-to-follow, lip-smacking, favourite recipes from both East & West with full-colour photos
- A Guide to Kitchen Happiness with Domestic Helpers (for employers of domestic helpers)
- A ready-to-use Month of Menus based on the recipes in the book
- A Suggested Shopping List of ingredients to keep on hand for quicker meals
- A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Quick, Healthy Meals and
- Some helpful tips on Food Shopping & Food Safety with just a pinch of kitchen wisdom.
There are a lot of good videos on YouTube that can help teach cooking skills. Some useful channels include:
YWCA – Centre of Learning and Life Enhancement
YWCA offers a number of courses in cooking (Asian and Western), emergency first aid and kitchen management.
Domestic helpers can apply for an annual pass to lower the cost of course registration.
Cost: $390-$3120 for cooking courses (depending on which and how many sessions you join)
Address: 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central
Monday, Wednesday to Saturday: 9am – 1pm, 2pm-5:30pm
Tuesday: 9am – 1pm, 2pm-7:30pm
Tel: 3476 1340
Superhelper provides training courses on cooking, housekeeping, elderly care, and entertaining.
Languages: English, Tagalog
Address: 36A Island Road, Deep Water Bay
Tel: 2812 0446 or 6490 7664
Towngas Cooking Centre
The centre offers Chinese cooking programmes.
Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Cost: $400-$3000 (depends on number of lessons)
Address: 9/F, Lee Theatre, Causeway Bay
Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sat and Sun: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tel: 2576 1535
My Little Hong Kong Kitchen – Helper Cooking Classes
My Little Hong Kong Kitchen offers classes focused on expanding cooking skills and techniques with a range of healthy, delicious and simple recipes.
Tel: 9280 9134
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Last updated on October 8th, 2018