Have you been meaning to improve your cooking skills? Would you like to know the difference between a crème pat and a crème anglaise? We can’t go to restaurants at the moment, many top chefs and food and drink educators are posting tutorials and cooking courses online for free!
Take a look at some of our favourites for you to get nourishing for your body, mind and soul.
Bon Appetite Test Kitchen
You may think of Bon Appetite as a stuffy cooking magazine that your Nan buys, but its YouTube channel is filled with fun, down-to-earth and approachable cooking videos. Their daily cooking content shot from their NYC test kitchen (currently being filmed on go pros at the team's houses) teach you everything from the basics of chopping, to extravagant sweets replicas, to indulgent test kitchen dishes.
The expert team – Claire, Brad, Carla, Molly and Chris – all have different specialities which make each video unique. We think it's one of the best YouTube channels for content right now, join the 5.6 million subscribers and learn a new skill today.
Jamie Oliver has been teaching the UK how to cook for the last 20 years, and a little lockdown isn't going to stop him. His new cooking show, Keep Cooking and Carry on, will air daily on Channel 4 at 5:30 pm and can be watched again on Jamie's YouTube Channel and Channel 4 online.
The shows are made to inspire everyone to enjoy cooking while stuck at home. Jamie focusses on making the most of all the ingredients you may have stored in the back of your kitchen cupboard. The recipes are easy-to-follow and super-flexible, with lots of useful swaps and tips to help you feed yourself and your loved ones.
If you're using your time in isolation to perfect your culinary skills, then this is a great course to get yourself on. Gordon Ramsey is one of the UK’s most well-known chefs, famous for his seven Michelin stars and no-nonsense approach to cooking. This course starts right at the beginning, showing you how to layout your kitchen correctly and how to pick the freshest ingredients.
Ramsey guides you through making some of his signature dishes, like his famed beef wellington, so you can really widen your menu. You can pick your level to enrol on a course that suits your ability, and there are even courses for professional chefs to enhance their skills.
BBC Good Food
One of the go-to websites to find delicious recipes, BBC Good Food is now moving to video tutorials for their Stay Home, Get Cooking campaign which turns some of their most popular recipes into tutorial videos.
As well as this, the expert BBC Good Food team will be going live on Instagram at 12:30pm daily to answer and burning questions from their followers. For example, you can find out how to adapt recipes when you can't find certain ingredients in the supermarket.
You may have seen the irresistible oozing doughnuts made by the Bread Ahead team on Instagram. Despite temporarily closing their doors, Bread Ahead is now doing live baking tutorials every day at 2pm online, and you can try and recreate their magic at home.
So far, they have demonstrated doughnuts, rosemary focaccia, cinnamon buns and shortbread – and we are praying that chocolate eclairs are next. Keep your eyes peeled to find out!
This is perhaps our favourite cooking experience out of them all. Nonna Nerina, the 84-year-old Italian Grandmother, hosts online cooking classes from her beautiful Italian Farmhouse just outside of Rome. The two-hour live stream experience, filmed and edited by her granddaughter Chiara, allows you to watch and copy Nonna Nerian as she takes you through her mouth-watering traditional Italian dishes.
When you sign up to the class, you will be set a shopping list in advance and sent notes from Nonna Nerian so you can prepare. All the recipes are classic Italian dishes, so the ingredients are simple and never expensive, but combined create unforgettable dishes. From gnocchi to lasagne to traditional Italian focaccia, this is a heart-warming class sure to bring a smile to your face.