You know what they say, a couple that plays together stays together! Check out these 8 Reasons Couples Cooking Classes Strengthen Relationships!
The exciting thing is when it comes to relationships, engaging in at least 15 minutes of dedicated time together can strengthen the relationship and makes each other feel more loved. Whether that is with your kids, a friend, grandparents, your spouse or your partner. Cooking together can do just that!
In my profession we have had the honor of taking cooking classes with top professional cooks to learn the best techniques to implement in our kitchen. Brilliant tips such as don’t marinade seafood too long or it can make it bitter, what seasonings are best for bitter vegetables (nutmeg!), and cook pan-fried chicken on high to sear in all the juices then turn the heat down to prevent burning! Great tips, right?
In our family my husband and I are kinda know as the cute coupe that cooks together so well “cutely” if that is even a word. We just jive together well like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and know what each other is thinking and needs in the kitchen without really saying anything. Some of our favorite foods to make together is grilling skewers, burgers and preparing family taco night. Cooking (especially grilling) with each other is one of those things that really helps strengthen our relationship as a couple. We can do it together and we have fun! The kitchen is our place where we learn to work together and enjoy each other’s company.
That “jive” might not have happened hadn’t we taken cooking classes together.
If you need a good date night idea a cooking class is so much fun!
There are a lot of great reasons to take a cooking class. Of course, you’re engaged in learning something new, you may be inspired to try new foods, you learn skills that can be used for all your cooking efforts, and the classes are a lot of fun! In addition to these benefits, enrollment in a cooking class can also strengthen your relationship with your significant other. Here’s how.
8 Reasons Cooking Classes Strengthen Relationships
1. Cooking Provides a Common Focal Point
There are very few people who don’t have fond memories linked to certain food smells. It’s also not unusual for people to immediately think of food when they are planning a celebration. The enjoyment of food is a common bond for nearly all humans. This shared love is a practical focus for couple activities. During class participation and when you practice your new skills at home, you and your loved one can enjoy a renewed, strengthened bond.
2. Develop Life Skills Together
- Cultural awareness
Your reading and mathematical skills may also increase through reading new recipes and preparing unfamiliar foods. As you develop these attributes individually, you’re likely to enjoy improvements in related areas. It could be that serving up something new in the kitchen together is the key to spicing things up in your relationship.
3. Foster a Teamwork Attitude
Couples who cook together tend to develop trusting relationships as they support each other throughout meal prep. Working together for a common goal leads to cooperation and improved communication. As you prepare menus, choose ingredients, review recipes, and talk together during the cooking process, you and your loved one strengthen skills that translate to other areas of your lives.
4. Overcome Challenges Together
Relationships take a lot of work, so learning how to work together is a critical skill for a bond that survives. You may not want to start a career together but working together to create menus and improve the quality of your cooking is a great way to develop crucial skills, such as conscientiousness, attention to details, and tolerance for other’s mistakes.
5. Learn New Things About Each Other
Even if you’ve been together for years, the closeness of learning a new skill leads to discoveries. Imagine being married for over 20 years without knowing your partner’s love of blue cheese in its many varieties. Tidbits of foodie information aren’t the only things to discover. As you converse with each other, the feelings of camaraderie may help you open up about other uncovered life stories.
6. Develop Stronger Communication Skills
Cooking with a partner requires a lot of back-and-forth communication. You may read the recipe to your partner or ask for utensils. The two of you will discuss preferences or work together to figure out an unfamiliar technique. Communication, or a lack of it, can improve the outcome or ruin the results of your efforts. However, strengthening your communication skills will have clear benefits as you work to get through other challenges and obstacles together.
7. Focus on Each Other
You may find it easy to cook together at home but taking a class together creates a unique opportunity to free your minds of daily worries and concerns. During class, you must focus on learning new information. As you prepare food with each other, you’ll naturally reduce the distractions around you. This allows you and your spouse to remove those streams of stimulus that have affected your connection. As one expert suggests, being present during interactions is key to a healthy relationship.
8. Make Moments to Remember
This one is my favorite. Making memories together! I have a favorite sign in my kitchen that reads “Kitchen’s Bring Families Together.” It truly does. There are some experiences you’ll cherish throughout your relationship. While working together to prepare meals, you’ll have time to talk about what’s going on in your lives. You may talk about current events or your childhood. More than just talking, however, you’ll create moments of laughter and tenderness. A disastrous mistake or an ingredient mishap could go down in your shared history. When you perfectly prepare a challenging meal, your triumph will be a memory you treasure for years. Don’t forget the impact of sensations, such as taste and smell, on your memories.
One survey of married couples found that those couples who cooked together were more likely to be satisfied in other areas of their lives. The division of labor, increased teamwork, improved communication, and shared experiences are practical tools for improving your relationship.
Trust me, my husband and I still mess things up in the kitchen, but at least we have fun doing it, lol! If you need a good date night idea, a cooking class together is a fun experience with endless benefits. You can find cooking classes online, look for local ones in your town, hire a private chef to do it in your home, and check out some that are held in-store at Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table. Like I mentioned, a couple that plays together, stays together (or is more likely to 😊)!