11 Ways to Make Money as a Cooking Instructor


Summer is a great time to sit back, relax, and begin planning for the fall.  

Kids will be going back to school soon leaving more time for you to invest in yourself, your passions, and your dreams. 

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As a self-employed cooking instructor, it’s never been a better time to learn about all the ways your kitchen skills can be used to make money for yourself and your family! We’ve been doing this since 2014, so we’ve learned what works, and what doesn’t.


1. Teaching Cooking Classes: The primary source of income for self-employed cooking instructors comes from teaching cooking classes. These classes can be conducted in person at your own location, in a rented kitchen space, at clients’ homes, or even online via video conferencing. Instructors can offer classes for individuals, small groups, or larger workshops and charge a fee for each participant. Healthy Hands Cooking is the number one cooking instructor business training course to get you set up with a solid foundation for success. 

2. Recipe Development and Cookbooks: Experienced cooking instructors can create and sell unique recipes through online platforms or by publishing cookbooks. Selling digital recipe books or physical copies can be an additional stream of income for you. 

3. Culinary Workshops and Events: Cooking instructors can organize specialized culinary workshops, themed events, or team-building cooking sessions for corporate clients, private parties, or community groups. These events can command higher fees due to their custom nature.

Poached eggs on buttered wholewheat toast.

4. Online Cooking Courses: With the increasing popularity of e-learning, cooking instructors can create comprehensive online cooking courses and sell them on various e-learning platforms or their own websites. Online courses allow them to reach a broader audience and generate passive income. 

5. Cooking Demonstrations and Shows: Collaborating with local culinary events, food festivals, or even television shows as a guest chef can provide exposure and potentially bring in additional income. 

6. Personal Chef Services: Some cooking instructors may offer personal chef services, where they cook for clients in their homes on a regular basis. This can be a more intimate and lucrative option for those with the necessary culinary skills.

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Happy African American woman vlogger broadcasting live video online while cooking food in kitchen at home

7. Sponsored Content and Brand Collaborations: As cooking instructors gain popularity, they may attract sponsorship deals and brand collaborations. Companies may pay them to feature their products in recipes or cooking videos. 

8. YouTube Channel and Ad Revenue: Creating a YouTube channel focused on cooking tutorials and recipes can help instructors reach a wide audience. Revenue can be generated through ad revenue, sponsorships, and selling merchandise. 

9. Food Blogging and Affiliate Marketing: Maintaining a food blog with valuable content and building an audience can lead to affiliate marketing opportunities. They can earn a commission on each sale by recommending cooking tools, ingredients, or kitchen equipment through affiliate links. 

10. Cooking Retreats and Vacations: Organizing cooking retreats in scenic locations or hosting culinary vacations can attract food enthusiasts who are willing to pay for unique and immersive culinary experiences. 

11. Collaborations with Local Businesses: Partnering with local restaurants, food stores, or kitchen supply shops can lead to joint events, classes, or cross-promotional opportunities.

It’s essential for self-employed cooking instructors to build a strong brand, market their services effectively, and continually expand their culinary expertise to remain competitive in the industry.  HHC Membership can help by providing a cooking instructor website, resources, tools, commercial-use recipes, lesson plans, a class scheduler, and a payment portal to automate your business so you can spend more time creating in the kitchen. Additionally, providing excellent customer service and maintaining a positive reputation will lead to repeat business and word-of-mouth referrals, contributing to long-term success.



Jan Pinnington

Jan Pinnington is the founder of Healthy Hands Cooking.