Whether you’re already adept with a skillet and chef’s knife or you’re more of an, um, takeout connoisseur, cooking classes are equal parts fun and informative. No longer just a date-night activity, there’s a whole world of virtual lessons now available. Here, the 12 best online cooking classes to brush up your kitchen skills (or inspire you to get in the kitchen in the first place).
The 12 Best Online Cooking Classes to Make You a Kitchen Wiz
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Best Online Cooking Classes at a Glance:
- Best for Food Science Nerds: America’s Test Kitchen Online Cooking School
- Best for Aspiring Chefs: Rouxbe
- Best for Travel-Lovers: Airbnb Experiences
- Best for the Celeb-Chef-Obsessed: MasterClass
- Best for a Career Change: Le Cordon Bleu Online
- Best Free Classes: Basics with Babish
- Best for Micro Lessons: New York Times Cooking
- Best for Gifting: The Chef and the Dish
- Best for Giving Back: 18 Reasons Why
- Best for Curious Cooks: Cookspace
- Best for Kids: Raddish Kids
- Best Overall: Milk Street
1. Best For Food Science Nerds: America’s Test Kitchen Online Cooking School
If you enjoy learning the “why” just as much as the “how,” or you spent a lot of time watching Alton Brown on Good Eats, the online cooking classes offered by the folks behind America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Illustrated will be right up your alley. There are more than 300 courses that are organized by difficulty level, technique and ingredient (among others), and the approach is equal parts step-by-step guide and food science deep dive. One month of access will cost you $20 and one year is $180, but there is a three-week free trial before you make the investment.
6. Best Free Classes: Basics With Babish
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Andrew Rea (also known as the self-taught chef behind YouTube sensation “Binging with Babish”) is an excellent—and free—resource to brush up on your chef skills. “Basics with Babish” is a spin-off of his original series, and it covers, well, the basics. Think broad topics like fish and eggs, kitchen care and pantry essentials. And bonus: According to assistant editor Abby Hepworth, “his voice is like buttah.”
10. Best For Curious Cooks: Cook Space
Cook Space is a Brooklyn, New York, event space that now offers online versions of its former studio classes since the COVID-19 pandemic. Most classes—such as bread baking and “summer pasta, plant based”—are $50 each, but you can also sign up for one-on-one lessons (called “private school for the at-home cook) for a customized version of at-home culinary school—starting at $500 for three private sessions.
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11. Best for Kids: Raddish Kids
Raddish Kids caters to budding chefs, with courses that appeal to the under-18 crowd, from younger kids to teenagers, and includes a monthly kit in the mail. The idea is to make cooking fun for the entire family, so Raddish includes monthly cooking playlists, videos, dietary modifications and resources for parents dealing with picky eaters. Each monthly kit costs $24, or $20 if you commit to a full year.