With all of us spending more time at home, many people have found themselves wanting to do more in the kitchen. Whether it’s learning a new skill or picking up a knife for the first time, now is a great time to learn something new in the kitchen. Lucky for us, there are plenty of chefs who have spent their time in quarantine sharing their food knowledge with the masses. Don’t be intimidated by some of the big names on this list – the whole point of their videos is to make food more fun and accessible to everyone. Even if you’ve never so much as put together a full dinner before, you’ll find these videos and lessons easy to follow and super helpful in helping you become a culinary superstar in no time.
Online cooking classes
Here in Milwaukee, a group of chefs on the city’s near West side have started creating videos sharing their favorite recipes on Facebook. Learn from the folks at Five O’Clock Steakhouse, Triciclo Peru and more as they invite you inside their establishments and share how to make some of their best menu items.
If you love baked goods, but are a bit intimidated by baking, check out these amazing Bake it Easy cooking classes with Nestle head baker Meredith Tomason on their Instagram page. You’ll find brunch ideas, ways to use up your bananas beyond banana bread and even cookies that make use of whatever you find in your cupboard.
For those who have mastered more simple baking but have always wanted to know more about the more complicated and scientific side of baking, Pastry Chef Joe Baker out of Texas has been teaching classes on everything from simple cookies to fancy pavlovas on his Facebook page. His videos are easy to follow and share all kinds of great pastry and baking tidbits that are normally reserved for culinary school.
While you’re probably used to seeing him yell on TV, Chef Gordon Ramsay’s YouTube channel is much more inviting and is absolutely full of great cooking videos. He has a series of 14 videos called the “Ultimate Cookery Course” that is great for cooks of all skill levels – I promise everyone can learn something from these detailed videos. There are also videos where he creates a wide variety of things in just 10 minutes
To take it a step further, chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena, Italy, has been cooking up all kinds of things in his home kitchen and sharing them via Instagram. From mac and cheese to some of his more famous pasta dishes, this renowned chef invites you into his home and gives you access to all the amazing information he’s learned running one of the best restaurants in the world. It’s truly a rare opportunity and you should definitely take advantage.