Become a Gourmet Chef with Free & Low-Cost Online Cooking Classes
Everyone’s got a bit more time on their hands these days. Whether you’re working remotely or not working at all, chances are, you’re spending a lot more time at home. You’re probably also spending a lot more time in the kitchen, considering many restaurants are closed (although many are offering takeout).
Whether you’re a seasoned home chef or your only kitchen skill is pressing “start” on the microwave, there are plenty of online cooking classes out there that can help you up your game. Best of all, many are free or low-cost, so you can learn something new without spending a fortune.
Not only is cooking an essential life skill, it can help you eat healthier and save you money in the long run. Following are our top choices for some of the best free and low-cost online cooking classes.
If you just want to learn the basics, the Kitchn Cooking School is a good bet. The 20-course program covers topics like knife skills, food safety and plating. It also encompasses basic methods like steaming, searing and fileting. By the end of the course, you should be able to cook a gourmet meal with confidence! Best of all, the course is free!
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With the Food Network Kitchen app, you can cook right alongside your favorite Food Network chefs, including Ina Garten and Bobby Flay. The app features both live and on-demand classes with step-by-step tutorials. You can also participate in a live Q&A with your favorite chefs! The cost is $4.99 a month or $39.99 for the year, with a 60-day free trial.
Craving something a little sweet? Joe Baker, aka Joe the Baker, is a Texas-based pastry chef who shares his knowledge with the digital world via his free show “Quarantine Cooking” on Facebook Watch. He creates cakes and cookies with his adorable kindergartner sous chef Blais, who’s dressed in various costumes like Spiderman and Mickey Mouse.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay may be best known for his angry outbursts, but he’s also a Michelin-rated chef who has a cooking program on MasterClass. While the $180 price tag is a bit steep, you can also visit his YouTube channel for free tutorials on everything from scrambling an egg to chopping an onion.
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Italian chef and restauranteur Massimo Bottura has his own mini-classes (in English and Italian) on his Instagram show Kitchen Quarantine, where he creates dishes like green curry and tiramisu from his home. He also has a program on MasterClass, where he teaches modern Italian cooking.
Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper recently launched her own cooking channel on YouTube, Quarantine Cooking. Many of the recipes come from her book, Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering, and include dishes like spinach tortellini soup and chocolate chip cookies.
Udemy is known for its business and professional development courses, but they also have an expansive lineup of food and beverage courses. They are individually priced, so you can pick and choose what you want to learn. Popular courses include everything from sourdough bread baking to Thai cooking to mixology. Most classes range from $10-$30.
Have a budding chef in your family? Raddish is a monthly cooking subscription box just for them, but they also have a series of cooking classes that even the youngest ones can join in. The videos are on Facebook Live, but you can also access pre-recorded tutorials in their video library to learn how to make kid-friendly dishes like blueberry pancakes and cornbread.
If you’re looking to get healthy during the quarantine, turn no further than chef and author Seamus Mullen. His cooking reflects his belief that real food can heal the body, and he prepares dishes like low-carb lasagna and pan-roasted salmon. Tune in live on Instagram nightly at 6:30 p.m. to watch him work his magic in the kitchen.