For all the obvious reasons, creative cook co changed our in-person private and corporate cooking classes to virtual as early as April 2020, being one of the first in the USA doing so.
As people that love to eat, I don’t feel we should risk getting this virus, possibly influencing our smell and taste. For me personally, that would mean I would be out of business (* although I know of two food professionals with anosmia, see below).
Now with the world opening up a bit more, I still will be offering online cooking events, as they remain a great way to do something fun together while physically apart.
Per the Summer of 2021, I am accepting inquiries about in-person group cooking classes for couples and small groups of family and friends.
For small, private in-home cooking parties, I will come to your home kitchen.
* All participants need to be vaccinated or able to show a recent negative test. Preferably all wear a mask while being indoors.
* In case one of the participants has been diagnosed with coronavirus, has been in close proximity to someone who has recently had the coronavirus, or is feeling sick, have a fever, a cough, or are experiencing general difficulty breathing, we will either reschedule, or change to a virtual style class.
* These policies might change per changing city/state/CDC guidelines. After payment, the date and time slot will be reserved for you, so we always can change the event into a virtual set up. In this case, you will be refunded the extra amount paid (if applicable), and need to take care of the groceries yourselves.
For larger corporate groups, we are currently only offering our virtual corporate cooking classes. In a world of regularly changing covid-19 related recommendations and guidelines by rental kitchens/the city/county/state and the CDC we are still a bit hesitant planning ahead mask-less in-person team building cooking events for larger groups.
I will update or even delete this page when I feel confident that we all can safely gather in-person in one kitchen again.
Thanks for your understanding,
* If you want to read more about anosmia, also called “smell blindness”, a condition which is thought to affect around 5% of the population, this interview with my Dutch colleague cook book author Joke Boon is a great start. Also, Molly Birnbaum wrote an interesting book about her experiences loosing her smell and taste while working in a restaurant kitchen in Season to taste.