Raise your hand if you’re struggling to come up with meal ideas now that you’re staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Lots of families who are responsibly practicing self-quarantining and social distancing are finding themselves faced with a new challenge: cooking all three meals at home, seven days a week. While this is a scary and stressful time for everyone, we can try find some good in the situation. For example, this is a great time to expand your culinary repertoire by enrolling in some online cooking classes. Many of them are free and it can be a great family-friendly activity to do with your kids while everyone is home together. To save you lots of time scouring Google for the best classes, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you and compiled a list of the best cooking classes out there.
1. Gordon Ramsay’s Masterclass
Chef and Hell’s Kitchen star Gordon Ramsay takes you into his kitchen and guides you through 20 exclusive video lessons. He starts with basics like knife skills and then teaches you how to make intricate dishes like beef wellington!
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2. Wolfgang Puck’s Masterclass
If Gordon Ramsay isn’t your style, maybe you would prefer to learn from the chef to the stars, Wolfgang Puck. The course features 16 classes and Puck offers simple, practical step-by-step instructions you can easily recreate at home with your kids.
3. Udemy classes
Udemy offers 65,000 online courses, including plenty of food-related and culinary courses. For instance, you can learn how to make craft beer at home, take a healthy living with “no oil” recipes course or learn how to make quick and easy Asian meals.
4. Top Chef University
This interactive course is created by professional chefs and taught by 11 former Top Chef contestants. The app gives you access to 28 hand-picked lesson videos with more than three hours of instruction.
5. The Kitchn’s Cooking School
The Kitchn’s Cooking School is a 20-day, 20-lesson program where students tackle an essential cooking topic each day. You’ll even have homework! (Free to join at The Kitchn)
6. Food Techniques
BBC has a nice selection of cooking videos for people with a variety of skill levels. Don’t know how to cut an onion? There’s a class for that. But there are also classes on advanced techniques. (Free at BBC)
If you’re as obsessed with Cake Boss and The Holiday Baking Championship as we are, then you need to sign yourself up for CakeFlix. Their cake making and decorating tutorials are delivered right to your inbox and there are over 800 online courses you can sign up for. (Free for the first seven days at CakeFlix)
8. Cooking with The New York Times
One of America’s most popular newspapers, The New York Times, has an online cooking school with video lessons. (Free at The New York Times)
9. Gluten-Free Baking Academy
This bake-it-at-home course offers 18 video lessons and six start-to-finish baking videos organized into four weekly modules. You’ll get the tools, recipes and know-how to bake right in your own kitchen. (Prices vary at Gluten-Free Baking Academy)
10. Dinner Tonight
Texas A&M has a variety of classes to teach students to make quick and healthy dinners. (Free at Texas A&M)
11. America’s Test Kitchen
America’s Test Kitchen classes are a lot like Good Eats without the silliness (unfortunately), but they’re very detailed and teach you the perfect way to make anything as tested (sometimes several hundred times) by the America’s Test Kitchen chefs.
12. Allrecipes How-To Videos and Cooking School
Allrecipes has more than recipes. The site also has literally hundreds of free videos to teach basic cooking techniques as well as paid cooking school classes.
13. Kitchen Chemistry
Most people associate MIT with building those intense robots that rip each other apart in a ring, but MIT also posts online versions of real classes, including one called Kitchen Chemistry. (Free at MIT)
14. Delia Online Cookery School
Delia Online features a host of cooking technique articles of varying levels of difficulty. Each lesson has step-by-step instructions with photos. (Free at Delia Online)
15. Craftsy Cake Decorating and Food and Cooking Classes
16. Rouxbe Cooking School
Rouxbe provides courses in which students get lessons and practice recipes, exercises and more to help them learn to cook.
17. Better Homes and Gardens How to Cook
Learn the basics in the cooking classes at Better Homes and Gardens. (Free at Better Homes and Gardens)
18. Foodist Kitchen
Learn to cook in a month-long cooking boot camp. This is literally a class for beginners, starting with classes in developing the habit of cooking, keeping the kitchen stocked and grocery shopping.
19. Healthy Baking Bootcamp (gluten-, soy-, dairy- and sugar-free)
If you have a food allergy but don’t want to live life without your baked favorites, check out this healthy online cooking class.
20. Food Network Kitchen
Want to take a cooking class form Ina Garten? How about Bobby Flay? No, it’s not going to cost you thousands to schedule a live cooking class with the big-name pros. Food Network has launched a new live streaming cooking class hosted by some of the network’s biggest stars. For $6.99 per month or $39.99 per year, Food Network Kitchen streams 25 new live cooking classes every week, and users have access to hundreds of pre-recorded classes.
A version of this article was originally published in May 2015.
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