Private Virtual Cooking Classes with Traveling Spoon

Private Virtual Cooking Classes with Traveling Spoon

Learn to cook recipes from around the world from the safety of your own kitchen

By Neha Kuriakose

Traveling Spoon finds and vets the best home cooks around the world to connect travelers with authentic and meaningful food experiences in local host homes. Travelers have enjoyed in-home meals and cooking classes with locals in their homes in over 67 countries all around the world. However, things changed after international travel was halted to curb the Coronavirus. Like for most of the travel industry, this gravely impacted Traveling Spoon’s business, as well as their local host community, whose livelihood came from tourism.

As the pandemic intensified, revenue fell by more than 95%, and the Traveling Spoon co-founders, Steph Lawrence and Aashi Vel, knew they needed to do something to save the business. First, they set up a series of grants partly funded by previous customers to help sustain 19 of their most vulnerable hosts. Then in April, they went virtual, tapping a network of hosts in 67 countries to offer online cooking classes. The initial six lessons quickly ballooned to 131, with prices starting at $30.

Now you can virtually travel from your own kitchen and learn how to cook a new cuisine with an expert cook. For example, you can learn how to make handmade pasta with Cinzia in Florence, empanadas with Gabriela in Buenos Aires, or a character bento box with Noriko in Japan, all while staying safe in your own home. The best part is that there is a class for everyone, from beginners to children, and for every occasion, from birthdays to date nights.

Sad that your summer holiday to Thailand was cancelled? Fret no more, as you can learn to make a Thai green curry and tom sum with Pea, a host who lives with her son in a traditional teak house in Chiang Mai, using her family recipes. From Indian curry to paella, from jerk chicken to Israeli desserts, from tagine to injera, there is an array of classes to choose from. Spice up those weekends learning to cook an international cuisine that you can share with your loved ones.

Here is a list of the online cooking classes you can choose from: www.travelingspoon.com/onlinecookingclasses. It is also a great gifting option for someone who loves food and travel and is celebrating their birthday or another special occasion in quarantine.

Definitely an authentic, and safe, way to meet locals, learn more about their food and culture… until we can all travel again!

Pictures courtesy of Traveling Spoon

About Traveling Spoon

Traveling Spoon connects travelers with local, vetted hosts to share the joy of a homemade meal in their home (currently online) and learn about their cultural and culinary traditions passed down through generations. Traveling Spoon was founded by Aashi Vel and Steph Lawrence who met at the Haas School of Business in 2011 around their joint passion of food. They shared a dream of helping people connect with authentic food experiences while traveling and founded Traveling Spoon to build a community of fellow food and travel lovers seeking meaningful experiences around the world. Follow Traveling Spoon on Instagram: @TravelingSpoons

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