One of the absolute best things to do while you’re spending more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic is learn a new skill or two. Sure, there are fitness classes you can take from home, but after burning all those calories, maybe add a few back into your life by taking these virtual culinary classes. Famous chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Antoni Porowski and Tyler Florence have classes, social media demonstrations, YouTube channels and more to teach you how to cook. There are also a slew of free and paid apps you can use to freshen up your skills in the kitchen regardless of your experience level.
You can cook like you're living in a TV show by watching the YouTube series Binging With Babish. Pop culture dishes like the Turf 'n' Turf from "Parks and Recreation" or the famous "Spongebob Squarepants" Krabby Patty are among the recipes on this channel. The channel also has practical basic recipes like ones for cornbread, French onion soup and chili.
Celebrity chef Tyler Florence recently launched a new YouTube channel, Wolf It Down, where his team posts weekly culinary demonstrations. While there aren't a ton of videos online yet, there are delicious chicken recipes like chicken parmesan and chicken marsala, so you can learn how to cook chicken (and other foods) perfectly.
Gordon Ramsay has an extensive YouTube channel filled with helpful kitchen tutorials. Some of his most popular videos include how to finely chop an onion, how to master basic cooking skills, how to scramble eggs like a celebrity chef and how to fillet a salmon.
If you want to learn how to make pasta, rice and other dishes from The New York Times cooking team, the section's YouTube channel has helpful and entertaining videos. In addition to practical tips like one-pan dinners, there are also playful tutorials on “Harry Potter”-inspired desserts and how to make Internet-famous foods.
Run by Martha Stewart Living’s food editors, Everyday Food has a massive catalog of cooking tips and tricks. Some of the most popular videos feature baking tips and the science behind desserts, like how to decorate with buttercream, how to bake the perfect brownie and how to melt chocolate correctly. On the savory side, you can learn how to make perfect French fries, how to roast chicken or how to make bread.
Publix is not only one of the best grocery stores in America, but this Florida-based chain also has dozens of videos on its YouTube channel so you can cook along at home. Some of the most popular videos include how to make bar snacks — hello pigs in a blanket — as well as a penne pasta recipe with Italian sausage and chicken scaloppini.
Run by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Dinner Tonight has simple, helpful videos and written instructions that will, for instance, teach you how to pick the right cut of beef and cook it. There are useful sub-sections about making ingredient swaps, what essential kitchen tools you need and simple cooking lessons and tips.
If you have trendy kitchen gadgets like an air fryer or Instant Pot, then Pro Home Cooks with host Mike G. is the YouTube channel for you. He has a wide variety of basic videos as well as tutorials on how to mimic some of your favorite takeout foods. You can learn everything from how to cook using just eggs to how to cook Taco Bell's entire menu.
If you lack basic cooking skills, the How to Cook section from the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen is a great place to start. There are handy cooking videos for beginners, like how to boil potatoes, how to bake chicken legs and how to freeze fresh green beans. Just make sure you know how long vegetables and other foods keep in your fridge and freezer.
If you've ever watched Food Network and really wanted to cook alongside Ree Drummond, Giada De Laurentiis or Ted Allen, now you can with the Food Network Kitchen app. This mobile app features on-demand classes with your favorite celebrity chefs, cookbook authors and other food influencers. It's available for $39.99 a year or as a monthly subscription for $6.99.
The Allrecipes Cooking School is available for $7.50 per month or for $44.99 per year. This online cooking course will teach you how to cook with everyday ingredients and give you tips and tricks for becoming a whiz in the kitchen. Some of its most popular classes include how to cook chicken, how to make eggs perfect every time and basic baking skills.
America's Test Kitchen Cooking School has culinary lessons for beginners, intermediate cooks and even those with advanced skills. For $179.95 a year or $19.95 for monthly access, you can learn cooking basics like knife skills or go deeper and explore how to make over 140 recipes like the best brunch dishes and comfort foods like classic green bean casserole, one of the best dishes you can make from cans.
Thomas Keller is the legendary chef behind The French Laundry and Per Se, two of the best restaurants in America. You can learn from this icon via Masterclass, an online education site where he has two courses. The first is a 36-lesson class where you learn classic cooking techniques and recipes for glazed carrots, poached eggs, gnocchi and more. His second 22-lesson class has lessons on fried chicken, braising meat and more. Each class is available for $90 or as a part of a $15 per month all-access Masterclass pass.
You can learn how to cook like a chef by taking Wolfgang Puck's Masterclass. Available for $90 or as a part of a $180 annual pass, this 16-lesson course features recipes for pepper steak with red wine sauce, roasted branzino and a seafood gazpacho, among others.
James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel has a 17-lesson Masterclass course where you can learn how to make pastries like madeleines, fruit tarts and a luxurious chocolate cake. Pair those with some baking hacks and you could have your own world-class bakery one day. The class is available for $90 or as a part of the Masterclass $180 annual fee.
One of the best kitchen hacks we learned from our parents is how to cook without recipes. If you want to adopt this skill, Foodist Kitchen is the culinary course for you. For $99, this 30-day program will teach you how to stop ordering takeout and build a cooking habit with simple lessons that teach you how to grocery shop, how to adopt basic cooking techniques and how to build up a cooking intuition.
Murray’s Cheese is one of those touristy spots worth visiting, but of course it’s closed right now. So this New York City cheese shop has moved its cheese events online for anyone, anywhere. It is offering a handful of virtual cheese pairing classes for American, French and Spanish cheeses. Don't worry about hunting down all that fromage — Murray’s will mail participants four different quarter-pound cheeses and four accouterments per class for $110.
Hosted by craft cocktail bigwigs Lynnette Marrero and Ryan Chetiyawardana, this 17-lesson Masterclass will teach you how to make classic cocktails like old-fashioneds, martinis and highballs. The class is available for $90 or as a part of the Masterclass $180 annual fee. Use this new skill to host a virtual happy hour, one of the best ways to keep in touch with friends during the coronavirus pandemic.
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"Queer Eye" co-host Antoni Porowski isn't just fostering animals during the coronavirus pandemic, he's also using his Instagram to teach a few cooking lessons for free. Using IGTV, Antoni is hosting the cleverly titled "Quar Eye: Cooking Lessons in Quarantine," where he makes omelets, chicken with beans and more using leftovers, whatever he can find at the store and pantry staples.