If one of your new year resolutions is to become a better cook, an online course is a good option to get it off to the right start. Online courses vary widely, from simple tutorials that teach you how to make the perfect omelet to full-blown lessons led by Michelin-starred chefs.
Here's our list of the best cooking courses, literally available at your fingertips now.
1. Masterclass by Gordon Ramsay
Masterclass has been able to draw some of the best talents across all industries for their online courses and cooking is no exception. Ramsay was one of the first chefs to join the series and has released two courses so far. His courses go from basic knife skills to everything you need to know in selecting and cooking the best produce, and there is something for all levels.
The first series is a good place to start for the average home cook who wants to hone their skills for everyday cooking, while the second series takes it further with even a lesson on how to make his famous beef wellington, and will benefit even the advanced cook.
2. Masterclass by Thomas Keller
Similarly, Thomas Keller has three series of cooking classes for varying skill levels. From the most fundamental skills in the kitchen to the more advanced cooking techniques, each lesson focuses on a specific method or ingredient explained carefully by the three Michelin-starred chef.
3. Masterclass by Massimo Bottura
Learn how to make the best pasta of your life from Massimo Bottura. His online cooking course for Masterclass also includes step by step lessons on how to make some of his signature dishes, like the Emilio Burger, great for anyone who has dreamt of eating at one of the best restaurants in the world. His lessons ooze with his Italian passion for food, which is an added bonus for those looking for inspiration in the kitchen.
4. Great British Chefs: How to Cook
Great British Chefs is a comprehensive site with everything you need to know about top chefs, recipes, and food stories from the other side of the Atlantic. Their How to Cook section features thorough guidelines covering almost every ingredient and cooking technique, covering fundamentals such as deboning chicken to more complex recipes like chicken galantine. Videos are also available. Plus, it's free.
The chefs at ChefSteps are like scientists in the kitchen, and their recipes and how-to's are equally about precision and molecular techniques that take everything just that step further. If you are a fan of the likes of Heston and Adria, then this is for you. Just keep in mind that while there are a ton of cooking lessons available for free, the premium paid content is where they keep some of the best things like Plant-Based Parmesan, Cyro-Poached Concord Grape, and The Boiled Omelette.