Learn cooking with a MOOC-No insects on the menu

When your goal is to change the hedonic value of edible insects and you want to learn the different subjects about this topic, learning and obtaining certificate through MOOC’s can be a great opportunity. I try to learn cooking everyday by myself through books and videos, watching and speaking with chefs. When I discovered that the French AFPA (Association pour la formation professionnelle des adultes) is about to start a MOOC for learn cooking, I hopped at the chance!

learn cooking with a mooc

Learn cooking with a MOOC

Tomorrow will start this brand new adventure for me : Learn cooking through an online course. During 6 weeks, everyday, I will have the opportunity to learn cooking via great chefs and certified instructors. Each lesson will longer approximately 30 minutes.

Finding 30 minutes each day could seem difficult but it’s approximately the duration of a TV cooking show… Instead of being spectator, it’s becoming actor and learning, testing and tasting. If everything is going well; at the end of the 6 weeks I will have a certificate.

Obviously, you can’t become the Bug Chef after 6 weeks, but it’s still a great opportunity to learn cooking. Who knows, maybe I will find new ideas for creating new recipes with edible insects.

More over, I can’t wait to use my iPad for learn cooking!

My learning program

Here is the program for the 6 weeks to come (with some little modifications adapted to my diet!):

  • Week 1 : Learn each other and the kitchen environment. ESPECIALLY the desktop hive for growing your ownedible insects! You can’t start learn cooking without some fresh mealworms!
  • Week 2 : Basics technics for cooking and preparing vegetables. WITH EDIBLE INSECTS
  • Week 3 : Eggs and sauces Crickets and grasshoppers
  • Week 4 : Learn cooking meatlworms
  • Week 5 : How to prepare fish raise crickets
  • Week 6 : Pastry and bakery WITH CRICKET POWDER

A great opportunity to learn cooking

In fact, I’m sure this MOOC will be a great opportunity to learn new cooking skills and meet new people. I will give you some feedback about this experience. I think that it can be very valuable for a first “home step” before taking a full course in order to become a chef.

If you speak french and want to participate : it’s free, it start tomorrow and it’s here : http://mooc.afpa.fr/

Everybody starts sharing their wonderful pastry recipes, I’m wondering about how they will react if I share some of my recipes… I will give their feedback!

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Formerly I'm an environmental engineer, personal trainer, fitness nutrition specialist and "Entotarian". In the edible insects industry for five years, I've been consultant for an insect farm in France, free-lance writer and international speaker. After developing the world's first table-top farm, I'm now in Paris with Jimini's where we are developing and selling delicious insects. I would say that my life revolves around eating insects.

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3 Responses

  1. Oldskool says:

    It will be interesting to see what cool “corrections” you can make to their glaring omission of insects in their cuisine…. 😉

  1. 20/03/2016

    […] It’s been a while I didn’t post some recipe… Today it’s spring, a lot of fresh new vegetables are coming on the market shelves. But at the same time, the weather is still cold. So, for today I will prepare a green spring porridge with mealworms . Have a nice day and bon appétit! By the way: I obtained the certificate from the cooking’s MOOC. […]

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