While most culinary arts classes are hands-on, there are certainly periods of time where students fail to grasp the importance of a lesson simply because they do not feel motivated to learn. By keeping a few tips in mind, you can keep your culinary arts students on their toes.

  1.  It is no secret that we are most likely to pay attention to the things that we actually have access to. You can motivate your students to learn by placing an emphasis on how the information will help them on a regular basis.
  2. Get your culinary & cooking arts class to participate in a community project. Whether you choose to volunteer for a school, hospital or other organization, you are teaching the students a valuable lesson that extends beyond the classroom.
  3. Encourage your students to enter contests, and make it easy for them to do so. A culinary arts student could easily win a contest, boosting their confidence.
  4. Set up a booth at a local fair or festival so that your students can show off their kitchen prowess and receive some praise.
  5. You can encourage students to pursue a career in culinary & cooking arts by showing how excited you are about your own career. If you demonstrate that cooking is something to be enthusiastic about, they will be likely to follow.
  6. Society is become more health-conscious. Tailor your lessons toward healthier meal options that students can use at home or work.
  7. Teach your students what it means to be a culinary professional by expressing your expectations. Students are much more likely to follow through if they know that they are going to disappoint the instructor.
  8. A career as a chef requires the ability to listen to criticism, even if it does not sound pretty. You can encourage your students to speak out by asking them to critique your own recipes and improving upon them.
  9. Students who choose to pursue a career as pastry chef want to get creative. Encourage students to combine their favorite ingredients, even if it is not the industry norm.
  10. Push presentation. There is a reason it is called an art, after all. If you encourage your students to create appetizing plates rather than edible meals, students will be more receptive.
  11. Find a way to bring in current affairs. Read newspaper and magazine articles that are relevant to the topics you are discussing in class.
  12. Invite guests to class at least once a semester. This will allow your students to impress their friends and family with their new skills.
  13. Consider the benefit of cooking shows on television. Sometimes it just takes a new form of conveying the message for students to really pick up on it. 
  14.  You can stir up controversy with discussion. Choose a topic that has been making headlines in the industry lately and encourage a debate.
  15. Brings in speakers who work in the industry. Allow students to ask them questions about their work.
  16. Force students out of their comfort zones. It becomes too easy to follow a routine and get stuck in a creative rut.
  17. Encourage experimentation. It is in school that students should be playing around with new flavors and textures before they perfect their cooking styles.
  18.  There is often more than one solution to a problem. Students think more creatively when they are faced with a challenge.
  19. Help students find culinary artists they admire. This form of motivation is highly effective.
  20. Try new foods. This will keep students from getting bored and to explore new types of food.