The Devilled Egg
BEST FOR: Ambitious Home Cooks
Founded by Leith’s-trained chef Barbora Ormerod, the mission of online kitchen academy The Devilled Egg is to encourage people of all ages and abilities to explore, experiment and embrace the art of home cooking. With a creative, practical and encouraging approach to teaching, Barbora likes to challenge her students in the kitchen, debunking the common myths and misconceptions about food and cooking. There are fully downloadable recipes, cooking tutorials and essential learning resources available too.
BEST FOR: Accessible Plant-Based Cooking
If you’re looking to stream a range of healthy vegan cooking classes, Platewell is the one for you. Their recipes focus on whole food plants, and are both nutritious and mouth-wateringly good to eat. Each cook-along class is available on demand, so you can learn anytime, anywhere. Whether you want to reduce your meat consumption for sustainability or health reasons or you tend to stick to a plant-based diet most of the time, there are plenty of options and insights on offer.
Leiths Essential Cooking Certificate
BEST FOR: Professional Accreditation
This 24-week accredited online course is designed for aspiring cooks who want to learn the essential foundations of cooking. Aiming to equip participants with culinary skills and techniques for a lifetime – or even a potential career in the food industry – class attendees will develop a rounded, professional skill set in the kitchen, as well as expand their food and cooking theory knowledge.
BEST FOR: Bakers Wanting A Challenge
One of London’s favourite doughnut-making workshops, the team at Bread Ahead will show you how to make doughnuts and all the fillings, right in your own kitchen. The two-hour session teaches you how to master the classic dough and even make their customers’ favourite vanilla custard and raspberry jam. The dough can also be used for burger buns and brioche loaves – plus, you’ll be sent a workbook, a full list of ingredients (some of which will need prior preparation), an equipment list, and Zoom link beforehand. The good news is all the recipes are designed for all levels of skill, and only domestic appliances are required.
Made In Hackney
BEST FOR: Social Enterprise Cooking
This community-led cookery school has a range of online classes run by a team of passionate cooks. Each with their own area of expertise, expect to learn how to make a wide range of dishes including vegan punjabi, vegan west african soul food, steamed bao buns and spring rolls, and vegan Diwali feast. Proceeds raised by the Hackney-based enterprise are used to fund food cookery sessions for those who need it most, such as young people in care, low-income families, people in recovery, and anyone with long-term health challenges.
The Cooking Academy
BEST FOR: Midweek Meal Inspo
These virtual cookery classes will teach you to master two dishes to make up a delicious meal – perfect for those who want to refresh their home cooking or learn something new. Expect to discover hints, tips, cooking tricks and kitchen hacks to help you get the best flavours and save time – but ultimately the aim is to learn to cook new recipes with confidence. Over the next few months, the team are releasing a range of different classes from Indian to Asian, Middle Eastern to nutritional eating.
BEST FOR: Accessible Indian Recipes
For quick and delicious healthy recipes, Bake Off contestant Chetna Makan is offering to show you how to make plenty of savoury dishes beyond her signature cakes. Via a series of YouTube videos filmed in her own kitchen – often with family members and fellow chefs helping her out – Chetna demonstrates (in her light and easy-going way), how to create family-friendly meals to please everyone.
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The Delia Online Cookery School
BEST FOR: Learning And Developing Solid Skills
Delia’s mantra has alway been: ‘anyone who wants to learn to cook should be able to’. Her online cookery school will take you by the hand and lead you through a range of recipes, step by step, allowing you to develop the necessary skills and techniques needed to create good, home-cooked food. Your confidence will grow knowing you’re in some of the safest culinary hands out there.
Martha De Lacey
BEST FOR: Sourdough Obsessives
Ex-journalist turned self-taught sourdough queen, Martha De Lacey started hosting supper clubs and in-person classes at her home in East London before the pandemic. She then launched #TheMuffKitchen, an online cooking school, run entirely through her Instagram, starting with sourdough, pizzas, crumpets, waffles, crackers, doughnuts, bagels, baguettes and focaccia. Now available via her website, a six or 12-month subscription gives you access to all the recipes and tutorials.
BEST FOR: Gourmet Vegans
Plates At Home is a new digital cookery school designed to teach a new style of plant-based cooking. Whether you’re an experienced home cook or an enthusiastic beginner, this course, led by co-founder and plant-based pioneer chef Kirk Haworth, will teach you how to create some amazing dishes. Over eight workshops you’ll learn how to create everything from stocks to starters, mains to desserts and many useful skills in between, all of which will change your perception of what vegan cooking can actually be.
Masterclass: Yotam Ottolenghi
BEST FOR: Middle Eastern Showstoppers
One of the most influential chefs cooking and writing today, Yotam Ottolenghi creates dishes that layer colour and flavour for maximum impact. Produced by Masterclass, the provider of celebrity-hosted learning courses, you can discover some simple steps for making and mixing Middle Eastern-inspired recipes. Learn how to make generous platters, such as mezze and brunch spreads, to homemade condiments, stunning stand-alone dishes and delicious vegetables. Great if you plan on entertaining in the run up to Christmas.
The Avenue Cookery School
BEST FOR: Dinner Party Menus
This independent, family-run cookery school in Wandsworth has a range of live online classes available, including Learning How To Sous Vide and a Private Sushi Workshop, but you can also learn how to cook a whole menu from start to finish. Other favourites include the Bao Class (buns and Asian salad), the Paella Class (chicken or sweet potato Katsu curry and rice) and Beef Wellington (with rustic potatoes, leeks, carrots and a demi-glace). Tip include how to forward plan for stress-free entertaining, ways to balance flavour, how to manage your time and the practical skills and techniques no cook should be without.
Jamie Oliver Cooking Classes
BEST FOR: Variety And Interaction
Running alongside the London-based cookery school, these online classes are interactive, bringing together chefs from Jamie’s school to walk you through the recipes and cook along with you, answering any questions you may have along the way. Classes focus on dishes such as King Prawn Laksa with Mandy Yin, and Mexican Street Food, as well as technical classes such as Sharpen Your Knife Skills.
The Newt Workshop
BEST FOR: Seasonal Cooking
Each month luxe boutique hotel The Newt celebrates a different seasonal vegetable with a workshop and cook-along. In September it’s sweetcorn’s turn. Tune in live on Instagram or Facebook to join head baker, Sam Bobbett, and estate head chef, Alan Stewart, as they guide you in making cornbread and tamales – with a quintessential Somerset twist.
The River Cottage Cooking Diploma Course
BEST FOR: Passionate Foodies
Whether you’re working in the industry and looking to expand your skills or you’re just a passionate amateur, this intensive diploma is led by Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall’s The River Cottage. Through his collection of 48 cookery lessons, the experts will demonstrate, teach and guide you through various specialist subjects, setting you assignments and offering feedback along the way. From baking your own bread to making your own pickles and kombucha, it’s a thorough collection to dive into.