10 Online Cooking Courses To Join Now
How often have you heard someone say it’s ‘as easy as boiling an egg,’ and thought, it is if you know what you’re doing. When it comes to culinary skills, for decades the techniques and tricks were passed from generation to generation in the classroom known as the family kitchen. Nowadays, families have less time for passing on the know-how behind even boiling an egg successfully, so a whole generation has lost out on learning how to cook. However, all is not lost, as once again the internet has come to the rescue with thousands of online cooking courses. Some are free, others paid for, some cover the basics, and others provide more advanced training. In this article, we’re looking at some of the basic and free courses available to whet your appetite.
Getting Down To Basics
In the UK, Delia Smith has a reputation for teaching even the most awkward people how to cook delicious food. Delia Online has a host of articles about cooking techniques for varying levels of competence, from the absolute beginner to more accomplished cooks. Each of the lessons has step-by-step instructions, including photos. The How to Cook course is sorted into categories such as cooking meat, poultry, fish, eggs, or pasta. Within each group, there is training on the various techniques you need to master intermediate/straightforward cooking. Once you have learned the training, the website has recipes for students to experiment with to boost their confidence. FREE
For a lot of people, the first time they have to cook for themselves is when they leave home for university or college. It doesn’t take long for a student to learn you can’t live off takeaway forever and cooking something for yourself always tastes way better. The Texas A&M University has put together a series of classes to teach students to make quick and healthy dinners. The Dinner Tonight site has a wide range of popular simple recipes such as chicken enchiladas, and apple tuna salad. With simple ten minute videos to follow, learning the basics of cooking couldn’t be easier for someone pressed for time. The recipes can also be printed out. FREE!
With contributions from some of the world’s best chefs, the BBC Food website has one of the most comprehensive recipe books imaginable. It provides instruction with a cool selection of cooking videos for people with a variety of skill levels. If you are looking to discover the basics of say, cutting up an onion, then there is a video for that. If you’re a bit more advanced and want to discover how to skin a flatfish, it’s there too. No matter what skill level, there are videos to teach new skills and techniques. Once you have learned those skills, you can put them to good use mastering one of the thousands of recipes on the site. FREE
With its own four chef instructors, the venerable New York Times has started its own online cooking school with video lessons. The class starts with the basic basics, such as how to hold a knife, and allows you to progress at your own pace learning recipes and picking up skills as you go. As you would expect from the New York Times, the teaching and recipes are thorough, and even though I have not tried them all to confirm, I’m sure they cooking would be fit to grace any table, as long as you follow the recipe. The courses are thorough, and examine everything from creating the perfect burger to getting the most apple apple pie you have ever tasted. FREE
There is a massive trend in what has been dubbed molecular gastronomy, understanding cooking at the molecular level, and creating tastes and sensations using the best science can offer. Well, one of the world’s leading universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is offering its own online course that includes this exciting style of the culinary arts. Don’t get me wrong, this is not all about science in the kitchen, the class called Kitchen Chemistry covers topics as diverse as pancake and bread making, to coffee and meringues. The course requires homework assignments and extra reading. Although the course itself is free, the book necessary to accompany the study has to be bought.
This could be described as more than just an online course, but the nearest thing to an online cooking school. Rouxbe offers students the opportunity to get lessons, practice recipes, exercises and more to help them learn to cook. The Rouxbe Cooking School provides courses for the amateur and anyone who wants to make cooking their profession, as well as courses for professionals to learn new skills and techniques. At the successful completion of some of the courses, a student will get a qualification recognized by some of the biggest catering and hospitality organizations in the world.
Healthy Baking Bootcamp (gluten-, soy-, dairy- and sugar-free)
If you are looking to eat healthier, and give your body some TLC, then it is worth checking out the healthy online cooking class on the Real Food For Life website. If someone in your family suffers from an allergy, or has to have a special diet because they have a intolerance to dairy or gluten, the this course will help you learn to cook delicious meals without the worry.
We recognize today that eating without meat as a vegetarian or vegan is not so outlandish as it was once looked upon. Vegan cooking has become more mainstream, and there is an opportunity to learn about cooking vegan and how it can be adapted to your diet. The academy offers online courses which include videos and written tuition. There are also a number of residential courses in the United States and Spain for group learning, Some of these classes are designed for catering and hospitality professionals who wish to improve their vegetarian and vegan cooking.
For many years America’s Test Kitchen has been doing just that testing appliances and perfecting recipes on television in the United States. The chefs at America’s Test Kitchen work on the method so they have had all the problems ironed out beforehand so you can be assured of success with every meal. The courses offered range from the basics of cutting and preparing meat such as chicken, to more complex recipes.
This is another opportunity to do an online course that provides certification at the end. The classes are taught by former winners and finalists from the Top Chef series seen on the Bravo TV channel. With more than two hundred lessons online, there is plenty to keep an eager chef busy. And by working online, you can learn at your own pace. The courses are fee-based, and are charged monthly, annually, or a one-off lifetime subscription.